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RELEASE


Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
 
For Immediate Release
January 6, 2005
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428
kevin.s.weeks@state.or.us


Oregon OSHA introduces class to improve vehicle safety at work


Motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death at work. To help employers create safer workplaces for those workers who drive as a part of their job, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has introduced a training workshop called 'Managing Your Vehicle Safety Program.'


Oregon data for work-related fatalities between 1993 and 2002 places highway motor vehicle accidents as the largest group of fatal accidents, causing 127 deaths during that decade. Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that highway motor vehicle crashes account for one-quarter of all fatal work injuries.


The workshop covers creating and maintaining a driver safety program, vehicle safety, fleet management safety, accident investigation and material handling. Participants also review the Oregon OSHA safety requirements for commercial and industrial vehicles. Oregon OSHA safety regulations address both commercial vehicles - such as cars, pickups, flatbed or dump trucks, public utility trucks, work crew vans or worker transport buses - and industrial vehicles meant for non-highway use including loaders, lumber carriers and forklifts.


'Managing Your Vehicle Safety Program' will be presented in Portland on February 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center Room 221, 2379 NE 178th Avenue in Portland, near 181st and Interstate 84. To register for the training workshop, fax your request on company letterhead to (503) 947-7462 or register on the Oregon OSHA Web site, www.orosha.org under “Education.” For questions about Oregon OSHA training, call (503) 947-7443 or call toll-free within Oregon, (888) 292-5247, Option 2.


Oregon OSHA is committed to partnering with employers and workers to keep Oregon’s injury rates low, and workers’ compensation costs under control. One of the best things an employer can do to prevent injuries is to properly train employees. Oregon OSHA offers free training, free safety and health consultations, and education and training materials from the OR-OSHA Resource Center. Keep your employees and workplaces safe through a commitment to training, education and elimination of hazards.


As Oregon's economy improves, safe jobs are smart business. More information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's Web site, www.orosha.org


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