Fatality investigations

New OR-FACE toolbox talk guides published

Maintaining an injury prevention culture requires many components, and safety communication is fundamental to that goal. Safety communication can be implemented in a number of ways, including warning labels, safety training and meetings, hazard alerts, and informal, routine communications among supervisors, workers, and co-workers. In OR-FACE’s experience, increasing the level of interaction between supervisors and workers can have a positive influence on safe behaviors. Further, when the interaction is based on actual, relatable events, that … Read More

Fall hazard training offered in Spanish

We know that falls are the number one cause of injury and death in construction. Perhaps less known, however, is the disproportionate rate of work-related injuries and illnesses that occurs among Latino construction workers. A study by CPWR found that a combination of language barriers, a lack of Spanish language resources, and lack of culturally appropriate Spanish language training contribute to a 30% greater injury and illness rate than that of their fellow construction workers. … Read More

OR-FACE posts workplace fatality reenactments

OR-FACE (Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program) was excited to participate in the 2017 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference (GOSH). As in previous years, the event highlighted the passion within the Oregon community of safety and health professionals. Other consistently favorite features of GOSH are networking with partners and attending engaging sessions. This year, Barb Epstien and Illa Gilbert-Jones presented an interactive session highlighting OR-FACE’s mission and purpose, outreach resources, and taking … Read More

Updated Letter of Agreement Signed by OR-OSHA and OR-FACE

OR-FACE, the Oregon Fatality and Control Evaluation Program, and Oregon OSHA recently updated their letter of agreement. The agreement facilitates a process for sharing information between the two organizations. This collaboration will help improve the quality and quantity of FACE fatality investigations and investigation reports. In addition, it will enhance the outreach efforts and educational materials produced and disseminated by both organizations aimed at preventing fatal workplace injuries. The updated agreement was signed January 19, … Read More

2014 OR-FACE Annual Report published

The Oregon Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) published Occupational Fatalities in Oregon Annual Report 2014. OR-FACE annual reports include analysis of the incidents with charts for industry, event, age, gender, time, month and more. These reports also include an abstract of each case. In 2014, OR-FACE recorded 59 fatal occupational incidents and 62 worker deaths. The forestry/logging industry had the highest number of fatalities for the year with transportation following in a close second. … Read More

“A Day’s Work” to show at NOHC in Portland

This year’s Joint Session of the Northwest Occupational Health Conference will include a special showing of A Day’s Work, followed by a panel discussion. This tragic documentary reminds us just how dangerous work – even a first day of work – can be: “90 minutes before he was killed on his first day of work as a temporary employee, 21-year-old Day Davis texted a picture of himself to his girlfriend, excited for their future. Now … Read More

New OR-FACE hazard alert

OR-FACE published a new hazard alert, “Follow manufacturer’s instructions.”  The document summarizes three Oregon construction fatal stories.  Common to the three cases was failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions: Case 1:  A pile was held in a vertical position with the bottom of the pile resting on the ground. The clamp holding the top of the pile unexpectedly released. The pile was not rigged to the clamp housing or attached to the whipline.  It fell on the crane … Read More

New fatality report and upcoming rigging/signaling course

OR-FACE has published Fatality Investigation Report, “Crane operator killed by falling steel beam.”  A 40-year old crane operator was killed when a clamp holding the top  of the 35-foot, 5600 lb H-beam pile unexpectedly released the pile.  The pile was not rigged to the clamp housing or attached to the crane whip line, fell striking the crane cab.  For the complete report or other fatality investigation reports go to the OR-FACE website. Based on discussions about … Read More

OR-FACE report used in SAIF Ag Seminars

  There’s a new face in the 2015-2016 SAIF Agricultural Safety Seminar series. Kevin White, executive director of the Oregon Future Farmers of America Foundation, co-taught the English sessions with veteran instructor, Kevin Pfau. Although not in person, Kirk Lloyd did present a segment, “News from OSHA”, by video. The seminars began in November and will be held in 16 cities across the state. Eight sessions will be conducted entirely in Spanish.  I attended the session held in … Read More

OR-FACE publishes Spanish toolbox talk guides

The first set of construction toolbox talk guides based on Oregon fatalities was published and made available on the OR-FACE website on March 2013. The overarching goal of these toolbox talk guides is to provide supervisors/leaders with documents to increase interaction and positively influence safe behaviors. The format uses evidence-based safety communication principles and real-world (Oregon) relatable events. Since then toolbox talk guides have been created and published for other Oregon high risk industries–logging and … Read More

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