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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

April 18, 2016

In this issue:

 
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Fatal traumatic brain injuries in the construction industry

The construction industry has more fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) than any other industry in this country according to a report published in the March 2016 American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

The report presents the findings of NIOSH researchers who examined TBI-related deaths in the construction industry from 2003 through 2010. During that time, 2,210 construction workers died from traumatic brain injuries, which accounted for 25 percent of all construction fatalities. TBIs are a leading cause of death in the construction industry.

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Employee involvement: Then and now

Safety committees and safety meetings have always played a role in encouraging employees to participate in their company's safety effort, but there was a time when the concept of employee involvement extended from the family – especially the spouse – to the entire community.

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Construction Q&A: Lateral load requirements for fall protection anchors

Q: We're designing permanent overhead tie-off points for personal fall arrest systems and are planning on bracing the steel for the tie-off anchor points to account for vertical and lateral loads. We know about the requirement that personal fall arrest anchorages must capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per employee. Does that requirement apply to both vertical and horizontal loads?

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Thai docs, Oregon OSHA, OHSU tour new Cooper Mountain High School construction site

On the last day in March, a group of nurses and doctors from Thailand joined representatives from Oregon OSHA's Portland office, Oregon Health & Science University, and Hoffman Construction for a field trip to the site of the new Cooper Mountain High School in Beaverton.

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ACCOSH to discuss Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines for the construction industry

Many of you know that federal OSHA recently revised its 27-year-old Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines publication and offered the public a chance to comment on the draft. In March, OSHA held a public meeting to discuss the comments.

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