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Health insurance basics to be covered in a free workshop next month - 03/20/17

(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free 90-minute workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in Newport.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, on the Central County Campus of Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way, in the Community Room.

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
*Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
*Summary of Benefits documents
*Explanation of Benefits letters
*Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 or emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

Health insurance basics to be covered in free workshops next month - 03/20/17

(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free two-hour workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in The Dalles and Hood River.

The events, which are open to the public, will be held Friday, April 14, at two Columbia Gorge Community College campuses. The events are:
*9 to 11 a.m., The Dalles campus, Building 3, Room 102, 400 E. Scenic Dr.
*1 to 3 p.m., Hood River campus, Room 202, 1730 College Way

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
*Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
*Summary of Benefits documents
*Explanation of Benefits letters
*Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) or emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov.

Health insurance basics to be covered in a free workshop next month - 03/20/17

(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free one-hour workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in Pendleton.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at St. Anthony Hospital, Conference Room 2, 2801 St. Anthony Way.

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
*Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
*Summary of Benefits documents
*Explanation of Benefits letters
*Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 or emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

Health insurance basics to be covered in a free workshop next month - 03/20/17

(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free 90-minute workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in Milton-Freewater.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. 8th Ave.

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
*Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
*Summary of Benefits documents
*Explanation of Benefits letters
*Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 or emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

Finalists named in high school safety video contest - 03/15/17

(Salem) -- High school students across the state created videos that are full of drama, music, humor, and engaging characters to bolster awareness about workplace safety -- all with the central message, "Speak up. Work safe." The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) sponsors the annual video contest to engage teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.

The top seven finalists are now posted on YouTube for viewing:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM75uPd4sBhxqPsb1WYCJ7ZzEJqQMFleG

The finalists are:
* "Rapaccidents Happen" -- Parkrose High School
* "Rewind" -- Parkrose High School
* "Safety Doesn't Judge Age" -- North Bend High School
* "Sick Day" -- Churchill High School
* "Speak Up" -- West Albany High School
* "The Slip Up" -- Hood River Valley High School
* "Your Future's On Its Way" -- Southridge High School

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. O[yes] organizes the contest, which is sponsored by Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SHARP Alliance, the Construction Safety Summit, and SafeBuild Alliance.

The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, tasked students with creating a 90-second or less video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. Participants were encouraged to get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves -- and their co-workers -- from getting hurt on the job. The videos were judged on originality, youth appeal, overall production quality, and effective use of the "Speak up. Work safe" message.

Contest winners will be announced during an awards ceremony to be held later this spring.

For contest information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

Oregon GOSH Conference attracts 1,500 attendees - 03/14/17

(Salem) -- The 2017 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference in Portland attracted 1,500 attendees, while showcasing national and regional speakers who addressed numerous ways to improve workplace safety and health in the state.

The March 6-9 event, the largest of its kind in the Northwest, featured 150 workshops and sessions, an awards luncheon, and safety and health exhibits from more than 125 organizations.

Keynote speaker Todd Conklin presented "Thinking Differently About Safety," focusing on the human performance theory of safety, where investigations are conducted before accidents happen. "Safety is not the absence of events," he said. "Safety is the presence of defenses."

Sponsored by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]), the 2017 GOSH Career Day introduced young people to the safety and health profession. Keynote speaker Matt Pomerinke, who was just 21 when he survived a lumber mill accident, talked about his experience.

Also, skilled forklift drivers demonstrated safe practices while navigating an obstacle course during the Columbia Forklift Challenge. The individual and team winners, who received cash prizes, were:
* First prize: Chris Evans, Boise Cascade, Elgin ($500)
* Second prize: Jack Stockhoff, Boise Cascade Particleboard, La Grande ($350)
* Third prize: Neil Caylor, Americold ($200)
* Team prize: Hyster-Yale Group ($450, divided among three drivers)

The biennial GOSH Conference will return March 4-7, 2019.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, partners with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the conference.

More information about the conference is on the GOSH website: www.oregongosh.com.


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About Oregon OSHA:
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

State of Oregon revokes licenses of insurance agent, business - 03/09/17

(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has revoked the insurance producer license of a Canby man who did not provide insurance after collecting premiums from customers.

The department's Division of Financial Regulation also revoked the license of James R. Frackowiak's business, Plan-It Financial, which is based in Oregon City. The division fined Frackowiak $14,000, and ordered him to return $4,275 in premium payments to customers he defrauded.

The division found that on 12 occasions, Frackowiak and Plan-It Financial deposited premium funds into business accounts, instead of in a trust account, as required by state law.

Also, after not providing insurance, he did not refund customers' premium payments within 30 days, a violation of state law.

The breakdown of the penalty is:
* $2,000 for two violations of not providing insurance after collecting premiums
* $12,000 for 12 violations of depositing premiums into business accounts and not a trust

"This is an exceptionally important issue because insurance agents have a responsibility to serve their customers needs and act ethically," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali Robison. "When consumers pay their premiums, they need to trust that they will actually be insured."

For help with insurance questions or to file a complaint, call the division's consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free).

The order is available at http://dfr.oregon.gov/AdminOrders/enf-orders-2017/INS-16-0186.pdf.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.

Safety leaders honored at Oregon GOSH Conference - 03/08/17

(Salem) -- Nine leaders in safety and health were honored with awards at the 2017 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, during a Wednesday, March 8, ceremony at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. A panel of industry professionals judges the awards, which honor extraordinary contributions to the field of workplace safety and health. The categories include outstanding employers, individuals, associations, and teams.

The recipients this year are as follows:

Association Award
Oregon Trucking Associations, Inc.

Safety and Health Advocate (Individual) Award
Scott Simmons

Safety and Health Advocate (Team) Awards
Oregon Health Workforce Center
Samaritan Health Services Employee Health and Safety Team

Safety and Health Professional Awards
Kiley Ross, Qorvo US Inc.
Lisa Simmons, Omega Morgan

Safety Committee Awards
Diamond Fruit Growers, Inc.
Fortis Construction, Inc.

Workplace Safety Program Award
Deschutes Brewery

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, partners with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the conference.

More information about the conference is on the GOSH website: www.oregongosh.com.


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About Oregon OSHA:
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

Media advisory: Forklift drivers to compete during Oregon safety event - 03/07/17

WHO: Skilled forklift drivers, both in teams and individually, will compete in the Columbia Forklift Challenge at the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference. Teams participating in this year's event include Boise Cascade, Hoffman Structures, Nortek Air Solutions, and Hyster-Yale Group.

WHAT: Judges will assess drivers' ability to safely operate a forklift during a variety of timed challenges. The obstacles include tight slalom runs, precise loading/unloading using pallets, racking, and other props. Cash prizes range from $200 to $500.

The largest conference of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, GOSH features more than 150 workshops and sessions. It is designed to educate managers and workers about workplace safety and health issues.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 8
9 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center
Exhibit Hall C
777 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Portland, Ore., 97232
(Media should check in with Aaron Corvin)


More information about the conference speakers, classes, and registration is on the GOSH website: www.oregongosh.com.


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About Oregon OSHA:
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

Oregon announces 2016 workplace deaths - 03/07/17

(Salem) -- Sixty-one people died on the job in Oregon during 2016, according to a preliminary report issued today by the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). That's up from 2015's figure of 41 deaths.

The numbers are based on a new data collection program, begun in 2015, that is designed to provide a more comprehensive review of workplace deaths. Previously released figures included deaths only covered by the Oregon workers' compensation system. The new Workplace Fatalities in Oregon (WFO) program tracks on-the-job deaths, regardless of workers' compensation status. As a result, the program now also includes workplace deaths involving self-employed people, city of Portland police and fire employees, federal employees, and incidents occurring in Oregon to workers with out-of-state employers.

Whether the numbers go up or down, DCBS is always cautious about drawing conclusions based on single-year comparisons of fatality data, which can be affected by a number of factors and may not represent a trend. The WFO numbers are preliminary and will be finalized later this year.

"While Oregon workplaces are safer today than in previous decades, there are still far too many preventable on-the-job deaths each year," said Michael Wood, administrator for the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA). "A dramatic increase such as we saw last year helps to drive that lesson home. And it certainly serves as a reminder that we must do more in our struggle against death in the workplace."

In addition to its workplace health and safety enforcement activities, Oregon OSHA offers educational workshops, consultation services, and training videos to help Oregon employers create or improve their safety and health programs. To learn more, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx

Because the WFO program started in 2015, comprehensive data -- including total workplace deaths and numbers specific to industry, occupation, and injury -- are available only for 2015 and 2016. Based on WFO guidelines, however, total workplace deaths were estimated for 2012 through 2014. Total fatality counts in 2012, 2013, and 2014 were 40, 49, and 63, respectively, meaning that 2015 was one of the lowest totals in recent years and 2016 was one of the highest. Averaged over five years, there were approximately 51 on-the-job deaths annually.

Other highlights of the WFO report include:
* Nearly half (29) of all 61 workplace deaths in 2016 were due to motor vehicle accidents, while 28 percent (17) of workers died due to contact with objects.
* The agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry had the most workplace fatalities (24) in 2016 -- nearly double 2015's figure of 13.
* Twenty-eight of the 61 workplace deaths were accepted compensable fatalities.
* There were three events in 2016 that lead to multiple deaths:
o Three fishermen died when their boat sank.
o Two sales associates were killed in a head-on collision.
o Two construction workers were killed in a motor vehicle accident.
The WFO program excludes deaths in the workplace that are not directly linked to a work activity or harmful work exposure, such as suicides.

The link to WFO data can be found here: www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Documents/osha/2015-Oregon-workplace-injuries.xlsx

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.