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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882

For Immediate Release
April 18, 2007
Contact for more Information:
Kevin Weeks, Public Information Officer, 503-947-7428

Oregon OSHA committee honored by national home builders

Award recognizes innovation for safety education program

(Salem) — Innovative approaches in communicating safety standards to Oregon’s residential construction contractors has garnered a national award for an advisory group of construction industry members and state safety professionals.

Oregon OSHA’s “502 Committee” received the 2006 Innovative Safety Program award from the National Association of Home Builders on April 13 during the Oregon Home Builders Association conference in Salem. The name “502 Committee” refers to Section 1926.502 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which contains the national standards for fall protection within the construction industry.

“The 502 Committee involved Oregon OSHA staff working with the construction industry to find solutions and improve safety,” said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA. “The lasting success of the team can be found in improved communications about fall hazards and reduced injuries. Innovation here translates into fewer workers being killed or seriously injured as a result of uncontrolled fall hazards.”

The 502 Committee was established by Oregon OSHA and its Construction Advisory Committee to evaluate construction processes and determine which fall-protection methods are best suited to the work being performed, including creating alternative means of protecting workers. The team produced eight brochures describing safe practices for construction fall protection, including guides translated into Spanish and Russian.

Falls in construction accounted for about 600 serious injuries in Oregon during 2005, and are the largest single injury type in the industry. Fall protection violations are also the most-frequently cited Oregon OSHA rule violations in the construction industry during worksite inspections.

Oregon OSHA staff members who served on the 502 Committee include Marilyn Schuster, Ellis Brasch, Rocky Shampang, Ron Haverkost, Tim Marcum, Dale Matlock, Mike Mitchell, Peggy Munsell, Bruce Phillips, and George Vorhauer.


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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer & Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.