According to a report in the Mail Tribune, officials with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division is urging the Eagle Point School District to prohibit employees from using motorcycles as transportation to work-related activities.
This comes after Principal Tiffany O’Donnell was seriously injured Sept. 13 in a motorcycle accident en route between the two rural schools.
OSHD officials say that the principal or the school has not violated any regulations, and no citations have been issued to the district. But the State cautioned that allowing employees to drive motorcycles for work activities presents a hazard to employees, as well as a liability to the school district.
The agency also recommended that administrators be added to the district’s DMV automatic reporting system where the district can check on employees’ driving records and licenses to operate a motor vehicle. Neither recommendation is mandatory, according to the report.
According to the repot the principal was by a driver in a pickup truck which was making an illegal U-turn on Highway 62.
*This report was edited to remove references to OSHA which is a Federal agency and replaced with OSHD, which is the Oregon State agency involved in the report.