More than 95 participants from 18 city, county and state agencies converged on Linn County for the 26th Annual Oregon Safety Conference and Skills Demonstration. In addition to the Skills Demonstration and Competition, attendees learned the importance of safety and focus in everything they do from motivational speakers Gary and Jeanne Norland. Gary and Jeanne spoke about the effects and life changes that happened after he was electrocuted by 12,500 volts from a 200 amp overhead power line. He and Jeanne detail how a loss of focus and safety can change not only your life but those around you. Gary shared how hard work and dedication to the job should be a focus, but never should it be more important than working safely. Participants went on to compete in six events from Grader to Back Hoe operations. Justin Kivett, Washington County, was crowned the “Top Gun” of the conference as he completed all the events with the cumulative best times and highest scores in each event.
Skills Demo Event Results
|Top Gun Rankings|
|Grader Operations||Backhoe Rankings||Pre-Trip Inspection|
|Chain On/Off||Truck Plow||Loader Operations|