Oregon OSHA Posts ATV Safety Fact Sheet

Paved roads, excessive speed, steep slopes, and carrying passengers and unstable loads are the chief risks and hazards for ATV riders, the sheet explains.

Oregon OSHA recently posted a fact sheet about all-terrain vehicles, explaining Oregon's three ATV classifications, listing the industries from which accepted disabling claims involving ATVs in Oregon originated in 2009-2013, and offering guidance on hazards, PPE, training, and state laws. Anyone younger than 18 who rides an ATV on public lands must wear an approved motorcycle helmet with the chinstrap fastened, for example, except when the ATV is being used exclusively in farming, agriculture, forestry, or nursery or Christmas tree growing operations; the ATV is being used on land owned or leased by the vehicle's owner; or the ATV is a street-legal Class II vehicle registered in Oregon.

The fact sheet shows that more than half of the accepted disabling claims -- 59 out of 110 during the five-year period -- came from the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries in Oregon. Another 17 came from local and state governments. Only two came from the construction industry, both in 2010.

Paved roads, excessive speed, steep slopes, and carrying passengers and unstable loads are the chief risks and hazards for ATV riders, the sheet explains.

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