ORS 654.715¹
Report of accidents to Public Utility Commission
  • investigation
  • supplemental reports
  • rules

(1) Every public utility and telecommunications utility shall give immediate notice by telegraph, telephone or personally, to the Public Utility Commission whenever any accident occurs within this state upon its premises, or directly or indirectly arises from or is connected with its maintenance or operation, if the accident is attended by loss of human life or limb or serious injury to person or property.

(2) The Public Utility Commission may, if the commission deems the public interest requires it, investigate each such accident forthwith, after giving the public utility or telecommunications utility involved reasonable notice of the time and place of such investigation.

(3) The Public Utility Commission may adopt and amend rules and regulations governing the form and content of reports to the commission to enable the commission to ascertain relevant facts and circumstances attending such accident and the causes thereof. Whenever the original report is insufficient, in the opinion of the commission, the commission may require the public utility or telecommunications utility to file supplemental reports of accidents. [Amended by 1965 c.462 §2; 1987 c.447 §137; 1995 c.733 §48]

Chapter 654

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).
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