(Salem) - Fourteen leaders in on-the-job safety and health were honored with awards at the 2019 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, during a Wednesday, March 6, 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 safety programs; safety, health, and wellness advocates; innovators; individuals; associations; and teams.

The recipients this year are as follows:

Association Award

  • West Coast Chapter of ADSC-IAFD, a trade group focused on drilled shafts, anchored earth retention, and micropile technologies

Innovation Awards

  • Boise Cascade Willamina Veneer
  • Snyder Roofing of Oregon LLC

Labor Representative Award

  • Barry Moreland, safety director for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Oregon-Columbia Chapter and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union #48 (IBEW)

Safety and Health Professional Awards

  • Chuck Easterly, director of the Safe and Healthy Workplace Center at SAIF
  • Rick McMurry, health and safety director at MHA Resources, overseeing safety operations for Ward Henshaw Construction, P&C Construction, and Baker-York Equipment and Supply
  • Scott Knutz, environmental, safety, and health supervisor for Les Schwab Tires Inc.

Safety Committee/Team Awards

  • Construction Safety Summit
  • Duro-Last, Western District Safety Committee

Safety/Health/Wellness Advocate Awards

  • Andrew Hall, guest care manager at Portland Rescue Mission’s Burnside Shelter
  • Judi Croft, safety services team supervisor for SAIF
  • Kathy Nishimoto, chief operating officer of Duckwall Fruit

Workplace Safety Program Awards

  • BMWC Constructors, Inc.
  • Boise Cascade Co. Western Oregon Region

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 Professionals to sponsor the conference.


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 oregon.gov/dcbs.