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Injury prevention resources for one of the most dangerous industries.

Oregon OSHA

For information on slips, trips, and falls from the same surface, visit the slips, trips, and falls topic page.  Tips for how to stay safe on ladders can be found on the ladder safety page.

Find silica information on the chemicals and materials page.

Simple solutions for home building workers (NIOSH) [PDF]
A basic guide for preventing manual material handling injuries. 

Fall protection, aerial lifts, mobile cranes and scaffolds

Fact sheet | Falls from roofs can be prevented (NIOSH) [PDF]  
An illustrated, quick-reference sheet that can be used as a poster.

Fall protection in residential construction (OSHA) [PDF] 
This simple yet comprehensive guide provides photos and specific guidance on various work methods that may be used at different stages of the construction process.

Fact sheet  | Aerial lifts  (OSHA) [PDF]
A short overview on hazards, training, safety, and operation of an aerial lift.

Quick card | Aerial lifts (OSHA) [PDF]
11 quick tips on safe work practices.

Scaffolding eTool (OSHA)
Illustrated checklists for specific types of scaffolds. 

Excavation

Working safely in trenches quick card (OSHA) [English and Spanish]
Easy-to-use, illustrated one-page cards.

Fact sheet | Trenching and excavation safety  (OSHA) [PDF]
Brief, two-page sheet on dangers, safety measures, rules, and more.

Construction eTool (OSHA)
Trenching and excavation

Hand tools

Hand tool safety guide [PDF]
A short guide on teaching safe tool methods, storage and handling, and identifying defects.

Pneumatic nail guns (The Center for Construction Research and Training) [PDF] 
One page hazard alert on nail gun safety, including how injuries happen and how to prevent them. [Spanish]

Nail gun safety (NIOSH)
Learn what you can do to prevent nail gun injuries, including short videos on the best and worst types of nail guns.

Safety comic: Straight talk about nail gun safety (NIOSH) [PDF]
10-page comic book with a serious subject: nail gun use and safety. [Spanish]

Choose hand safety (Center for Construction Research and Training)
Learn how to choose hand tools and gloves with interative resources, training, and more.

Video library

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  • Forklift driving skills | VEHICLE-14
    5 minutes | Video teaches the techniques and skills for driving on wet, rough, and … Read more
  • Forklift safety: the triangle of stability | VEHICLE-36
    10 minutes | This video educates forklift operators on how to safely maneuver their … Read more
  • Loading dock safety | VEHICLE-25
    4 minutes | Teach your employees to follow safe work procedures when working on or … Read more
  • Operating electric pallet jacks safely | VEHICLE-02 (English) VEHICLE-03 (Spanish)
    | Electric pallet jacks, often called pallet trucks, are designed for li … Read more
  • ARC flash awareness | GENSAFE-08
    26 minutes | This video, the result of a NIOSH study, focuses on individual and org … Read more
  • Blind spots, pinch points, dangerous places | CONST-06
    | A safety refresher about large road construction equipment. The video … Read more
  • Construction fall protection: get arrested! | CONST-07
    14 minutes | This video covers the requirements for guardrail construction, strengt … Read more
  • Job safety and worker orientation | CONST-12
    13 minutes | This video has it all! In 13 short minutes it covers basic new employe … Read more
  • Scaffolds: Safety at all levels | CONST-02 (English/Spanish/Portuguese/French)
    | Every year, 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths are caused by scaffolding mis … Read more
  • Scissor lifts in construction | CONST-11 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    9 minutes | Scissor lifts can provide a safe walking and working surface on constr … Read more
  • Powered high-lift trucks: order picker safety | VEHICLE-05 (English/Spanish)
    15 minutes | If you have order-pickers in your warehouse, this video is for you. It … Read more
  • Weyerhaeuser safety video compilation | VEHICLE-20
    28 minutes | A team at the Springfield site demonstrates the circumstances that sur … Read more
  • Working around forklifts: a proactive approach | VEHICLE-10 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    16 minutes | Always behave as if an accident might happen--this is the key to worki … Read more
  • Indoor cranes: safe lifting operations | CONST-1 (English/Spanish/Portuguese/French)
    23 Minutes | This video program is specifically designed to give nonlicensed operat … Read more
  • In the trenches: excavation safety for workers | CONST-17
    14 Minutes | Looking for a basic primer on excavation? Look no further. This video … Read more
  • Overhead and gantry cranes | GENSAFE-58 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    20 minutes | Cranes, when operated incorrectly, can result in expensive damage to p … Read more

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