According to the Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL), Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland and AOL represents over 1000 member companies statewide that are involved in the harvest and sustainable forest management. This year AOL invited OR-FACE to present at their annual safety conference held on Saturday, November 8, in Eugene, OR.
The forestry/logging industry each year has consistently had high numbers of occupational fatalities. Since 2003 there have been 91 cases and is second only to the transportation industry for total fatality cases. OR-FACE is pleased to expand collaboration with AOL to further efforts to prevent occupational injuries and fatalities.
The 185 conference attendees were provided information on the available OR-FACE resources and how to access them: hazard alerts, annual reports, investigation reports, brochures, toolbox talks, and interactive maps.
The newly proposed collaboration between AOL and OR-FACE is a mobile system to promote and evaluate toolbox talks and hazard alerts. Given that loggers are dispersed and work at remote locations, this proposal will explore utilizing smart phone capabilities to distribute talks and alerts to AOL members who subscribe.
Submitted by Illa Gilbert-Jones, Oregon FACE Program Manager. Contact the OR-FACE Program.
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