As we've recently highlighted, the Construction Contractors Board and Oregon OSHA seem to be ramping up enforcement of their respective authorities under Oregon law. Where rules contain mostly black-and-white requirements for owners and contractors, as well as harsh enforcement options, the CCB has found the perfect place to flex its authoritative muscles. One such area is the CCB's enforcement of Oregon's Prompt Pay Act.
We recently discussed the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division's crackdown on construction project safety hazards. Today we want to elaborate on its efforts, and address Oregon OSHA's top ten safety violations for 2013, as published in its February 2014 newsletter.
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OROSHA) is inspecting projects and cracking down on employers that are not adequately protecting their workers. The result of these inspections has been incredibly high fines, and referral of the matters to the Construction Contractors Board in extreme cases. You should always consult the OROSHA rules when planning a project, or consult an Oregon construction management attorney to make sure you're injury prevention methods are sufficient.