Oregon Conference to Highlight Ripple Effect of Injuries

The Sept. 19 keynote speaker Gary Norland, is an electrician who survived being shocked by a 12,500-volt, 200-amp overhead power line. His presentation is titled "The Impact of an Injury: What are You Risking?" and will explain that, while dedication to a job should be a focus, it should never become more important than working safely.

A two-day conference in Bend, Ore., next month will highlight the ripple effect of on-the-job accidents,says Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA). A division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, it is one of the partners presenting the Sept. 19-20 Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes.

The event aims to give employers and workers opportunities to improve their skills at fostering and maintaining safe and healthy workplaces, including "topics on everything from pinpointing workplace hazards and making safety committees more effective to implementing a solid hearing conservation program and exploring the fundamentals of fall protection," according to the agency's release.

The Sept. 19 keynote speaker Gary Norland, is an electrician who survived being shocked by a 12,500-volt, 200-amp overhead power line. His presentation is titled "The Impact of an Injury: What are You Risking?" and will explain that, while dedication to a job should be a focus, it should never become more important than working safely.

"A conference like this helps you understand safety is a choice you need to make every day," Norland promised. "When you attend my presentation, you will quickly understand how life can change in less than a second. And you will never be the same again."

Registration for the two-day event is $145 with an optional pre-conference workshop for $50. For more information or to register, go to https://safetyseries.cvent.com/central17.

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