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Salem-Keizer schools have serious safety hazards, OSHA says | #schoolsaftey

Oregon OSHA found five “serious” safety violations, as well as a dozen more that it considers less serious, during a months-long examination of student-caused injuries at Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

The district and its teachers’ union agreed to the voluntary OSHA consultation in May, in lieu of union members filing multiple formal complaints with OSHA, union president Tyler Scialo-Lakeberg said.

Because the review was voluntary, the state won’t penalize the district for the violations. But it did require the district to provide documentation that it has corrected three of the serious violations by Nov. 30, and the other two by Dec. 15.

“Our staff work very hard every day to support and serve our students,” district officials said in a written statement provided in response to media questions Tuesday. “We are concerned that since returning to in-person education following the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the number of student-related staff injuries and because of this urgent issue, the district has taken action as outlined below.”

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