May 12, 2015
In this issue:
What happens when you tie an extension cord to a raised scissor lift platform and it snags in moving equipment? Expect an accident. Consider the following scenario, which is a composite of a number of similar incidents that have happened over the past nine years.
Two workers raised themselves on a scissor lift 26 feet above a concrete floor to continue demolition work on a structure above them. To do the work, they brought with them hand tools that required long electrical extension cords for power. They connected the extension cords to outlets in a spider box on the floor about 30 feet away from the lift and looped the other ends around the platform's top guardrail.
Your full-body harness is designed to save your life if you fall. But it won't do you much good if it's defective; don't wait until you fall to find out. Inspecting a full-body harness takes less than two minutes.
Oregon OSHA's new oxygen-fuel gas welding and cutting rule - 437-002-2253 – now applies to general industry and construction employers. The rule, which went into effect May 1, replaces a number of general industry rules as well as 1926.350, Gas Welding and Cutting in construction.
437-002-2253 does not require noncombustible separation barriers built before May 1, 2015, to have 18-inch extensions.
On May 28 in Wilsonville, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center are presenting a symposium on safety and health issues affecting temporary workers. The event is open to anyone interested in creating safe workplaces for temporary and contingent workers, including health and safety professionals, human resource professionals, staffing agency safety and personnel representatives, labor representatives, regulators, and researchers.
The program includes discussions of temporary worker fatalities, the differences between temporary staffing and worker leasing, and best practices for staffing and leasing agencies.
Q: Does Oregon OSHA have rules prohibiting the use of bungee cords to secure equipment in the workplace? I frequently use them to keep lightweight items such as brooms, small stepladders, and single cases of fluorescent light tubes upright. I was recently told that this is a safety violation.
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