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Safety Break for Oregon is May 11 - Audio files
April 26, 2005
NEWS RELEASE: Safety Break for Oregon is May 11
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Kevin Weeks is the public information officer for the DCBS Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) and coordinator of the Safety Break for Oregon event.
"Every injury that can be prevented in the workplace means a family is spared the pain of what a workplace injury can do." (:07) Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
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Editor note: Over 21,000 workers in Oregon receive workers compensation benefits due to serious injuries every year.
"It's vital to incorporate training about safety and health when the employee is first hired. Oregon statistics show that of seriously injured workers, one-third of the serious accidents occurred
during the employee's first year on the job, and ten percent actually occurred in the first month that the employee was working." (:18) Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
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"Successful Safety Break events frequently include special 'employee recognition days' where those safety and health leaders around your workplace receive special recognition." (:10)
Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
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"Workplaces in Oregon become safer when all work together on safety; that's what the Safety Break for Oregon is all about." (:07) Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
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Suggested lead: Employers are encouraged to be creative with establishing a Safety Break event
"Some employers choose to have a midday safety meeting, others may choose to have a recognition at lunchtime for some of their employees who are 'safety all-stars' in the organization. Why
not consider a children's art contest to help promote safety at your workplace - There are a number of great ways that employers can celebrate the Safety Break for Oregon." (:19) Kevin
Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
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Suggested lead: In 2003, the rate of Oregon workers becoming injured in private-sector employment dropped from 6.0 to 5.6 workers per hundred. Injuries are much more than 'just a statistic' to
safety and health professionals.
"The four-tenths of a point drop is certainly worth celebrating, but what that number really means is that over sixteen hundred workers in Oregon were not injured in 2003 - that's definitely
worth celebrating." (:12) Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
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Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA