ORS 654.160¹
Applicability of ORS 654.150 to be included in construction contracts
  • liability for cost of compliance

(1) A statement as to whether or not ORS 654.150 (Sanitary facilities at construction projects) applies at the construction site shall be included in the contract for a construction project. If the contract states that ORS 654.150 (Sanitary facilities at construction projects) applies, the owner shall also include in the contract documents a provision designating which party to the contract is responsible for any costs that may be incurred in complying with ORS 654.150 (Sanitary facilities at construction projects) and the rules adopted pursuant thereto.

(2) The owner of a construction site is liable to any contractor who is an employer at the site for costs incurred by the contractor if:

(a) Representatives of the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services decide that ORS 654.150 (Sanitary facilities at construction projects) applies to the construction project, and the contract documents did not designate which party to the contract for the project was responsible for complying with ORS 654.150 (Sanitary facilities at construction projects) and the rules adopted pursuant thereto; and

(b) The contractor incurs additional costs in complying with ORS 654.150 (Sanitary facilities at construction projects).

(3) In addition to being liable for the amount of the additional costs incurred, as provided by subsection (2) of this section, the owner is liable for interest on the amount at the rate of one percent per month from the date such contractor makes demand upon the owner to reimburse the contractor for such costs until the contractor is paid. [1977 c.129 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Safety codes under Oregon Safe Employ­ment Act apply to all work places and not only to work places covered by Employer Liability Law. Miller v. Ga.-Pacific, 294 Or 750, 662 P2d 718 (1983)

Viola­tion of Workers’ Compensa­tion Depart­ment rule resulting in injury to nonemploye is not negligence per se, but it does not follow that rule is irrelevant to determina­tion of due care in case grounded in common law negligence. Shahtout v. Emco Garbage Co., 298 Or 598, 695 P2d 897 (1985)

Where right of ac­tion for injuries exists resulting from viola­tion of Oregon Safe Employ­ment Act, right belongs only to employee whom Act directly protects not “indirect” employee. Flores v. Metro Machinery Rigging, Inc., 99 Or App 636, 783 P2d 1024 (1989), Sup Ct review denied

Referee did not err in finding employer in viola­tion of rule requiring workers to be “properly...supervised” where employee killed in accident was skilled and experienced supervisor working with two other supervisors during strike, but none of the three was in charge. Accident Preven­tion Div. v. Roseburg Forest Prod., 106 Or App 69, 806 P2d 172 (1991)

Whether identity of complainant falsely reporting viola­tion is subject to disclosure under Oregon public records law ([former] ORS 192.410 et seq.) depends on complainant’s good or bad faith in making complaint. Hood Technology Corp. v. Oregon Occupa­tional Safety and Health Division, 168 Or App 293, 7 P3d 564 (2000)

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Notes of Decisions

An administrative regula­tion requires Accident Preven­tion Division to prove reasonableness of civil penalty imposed for viola­tion of Oregon State Employ­ment Act. Accident Preven­tion Div. v. Sunrise Seed, 26 Or App 879, 554 P2d 550 (1976)

Accident Preven­tion Division rule allowing cita­tion for “repeat viola­tion” of division’s safety standards while prior cita­tion is contested and not yet upheld by final order is within agency’s authority to promulgate rules consistent with purpose of Act to assure as far as possible safe and healthful working condi­tions. Accident Preven­tion Div. v. Hoffman Construc­tion, 64 Or App 73, 667 P2d 543 (1983)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Inap­pli­ca­bil­i­ty of occupa­tional safety and health laws to inmates in prison work programs, (1996) Vol 48, p 134

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 654—Occupational Safety and Health, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors654.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 654, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano654.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information