Oregon Accidents laws & safety compliance analysis

Oregon Accidents: What you need to know

The state has adopted requirements for workplace accident investigations, accident scene preservation, and reporting that are stricter than federal rules.

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Safety committees must establish procedures for investigating safety related incidents.

The state has adopted rules that prohibit employers or their employees from disturbing the scene of a workplace fatality or catastrophe; such incidents must be reported to OR-OSHA.

See the state Safety Committees topic for more information about accident investigation procedures.

See the federal Accidents topic for guidance for conducting accident investigations and reporting procedures.

See the state Illness and Injuries topic for more information about reporting fatalities and injuries that result in hospitalization.

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services/Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces.

OAR 437-001-0760

Employers must investigate every workplace-related lost-time injury to determine the controls needed to prevent recurrence, and promptly install any safeguard or take any corrective measure indicated or found advisable.

At the request of OR-OSHA representatives, employers and their employees must provide OR-OSHA all pertinent evidence and names of known witnesses to an accident and give general assistance in producing complete information that might be used in preventing a recurrence of such accident. At the request of OR-OSHA, designated employer representatives must preserve and mark for identification, materials, tools, or equipment necessary to the proper investigation of ...

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