Oregon OSHA Health and Safety


October 2015

Blissful ignorance: It's not the way to deal with hazardous energy

Remember the toy called a Jack-in-the-box? Basically, Jack was just a spring stuck in a small tin box that had a hinged lid for a top and a hand crank on the side. To get the toy to work, you pressed Jack into the box, closed the lid, secured it with a latch, and then turned a crank. At some point, Jack popped out of the box, delighting generations of youngsters. But this simple toy offers a lesson that many workers ignore. It's all about energy.

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Energy exists in many forms, all of which are associated with motion - and it is motion that makes energy hazardous.

Did you know?

Delayed reaction

A 2009 video recorded by Oregon OSHA compliance officer Tim Marcum showing a worker narrowly escaping a trench cave-in went viral Sep. 2, 2015 on the social networking site Reddit.

Understanding the three critical components of an energy control program

Every year since 2008, The control of hazardous energy (1910.147) has been one of Oregon OSHA's 10 most violated standards. Also known as the lockout/tagout standard, 1910.147 covers the safety requirements for employees who perform service and maintenance work on equipment that could unexpectedly start up or release hazardous energy.

What keeps 1910.147 in the top 10 list are the violations that come from just one part of the standard: 1910.147(c) – most of which have been rated "serious" every year since 2011.

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Administrator's Message

Michael Wood

The continuning challenge of fatalities

Recent news coverage reported that the national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) has shown an increase around the country – and the jump is even more pronounced in Oregon.

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Safety Notes

Accident Report

  • Incident | Crushed by wook press
  • Business | Soft veneer and plywood manufacturing
  • Employee | Millwright

A millwright was on the north side of a wood press marking a leaking steam line so that he could replace it with one cut to size in the millwright's shop.

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Ask Technical


Do Oregon OSHA rules require all locks used to control hazardous energy in the same plant be made by the same manufacturer?

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Going the Distance

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Meet Clark Vermillion, CHST the corporate safety director from Arctic Sheet Metal, Inc.

I think what makes our safety program successful is that I am not afraid to call anyone to ask for help. We have a great network of sharing here in Oregon, with the Construction Safety Summit, ASSE, and Oregon OSHA training workshops. I make friends whom I can call for help and, likewise, I make time for people when they call me. We all go home at the end of the work day to our families.”

~ Clark Vermillion 

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Short Takes

Does a required poster cost $84? Nope, it's a scam

Serious workplace injury? Call 911 first

Oregon OSHA honors students with Workers Memorial Scholarships

Fifth-year SHARP for Boise Cascade's White City Veneer plant

Kids' Chance of Oregon awards scholarship to three Oregon students

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