Fatality investigations

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

NIOSH renews Oregon occupational health grant

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the awards on September 14. The proposal submitted by multiple-principal investigators, Curtis Cude (Oregon Health Authority) and Ryan Olson, PhD (Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences ) to NIOSH for a five-year (2015-2020) grant was fully funded. With this funding there is a new level of partnership. The overarching goal of the partnership that began in 2002 is to provide quality surveillance data and intervention … Read More

OR-FACE 2013 Annual Report is out

OR-FACE published its 2013 annual report on occupational fatalities in Oregon. OR-FACE began surveillance over a decade ago and this report includes graphs of cumulative data from 2003 through 2013 as insets of respective graphs for the year. To download the report, go to the OR-FACE website or click on the following URL: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/centers-institutes/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/outreach/or-face/upload/OR-FACE-2013-Annual-Report-final-sm.pdf

National safety stand down event coming to Portland

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, with more than 200 deaths and over 10,000 serious injuries each year in the US. In Oregon there were 71 deaths from falls during 2003-2013 and 29 were in construction. The annual weeklong National Safety Stand-Down and Fall Prevention campaign began in 2012. This year, during a two-week period (May 4 -15), leaders are encouraged to set aside time to have open discussions with workers about … Read More

SAIF agricultural safety seminars

SAIF Corporation is Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company.  For the past 20 years SAIF has been providing free Agricultural Safety Seminars throughout Oregon.  The well-attended 2014-2015 seminar series included 27 training sessions held in 18 cities and eight of the trainings conducted entirely in Spanish. In the summer of 2014, OR FACE met with seminar organizers Kirk Lloyd, Kevin Pfau, and Chuck Easterly to discuss collaboration and intervention based on Oregon agricultural fatality data.  … Read More

OR-FACE presents at logging and construction safety events

Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) presented at the January meetings of the Washington Contract Loggers Association (WCLA) and the Portland Construction Safety Summit (CSS). Jeffrey Wimer, OR-FACE Safety Consultant and Oregon State University Manager of Student Logging Program, presented OR-FACE logging data and resources to over 500 attendees at the annual WCLA Safety Conference held near Olympia on January 17. The resources created by Jeff and OR-FACE will contribute to the Washington State … Read More

2014 Western Pulp, Paper, & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference Appears to be Going “Viral”

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences has been attending this conference for many years, and this year, we noticed something extraordinary. A formerly sleepy conference has taken on new energy and is attracting attendees from as far away as South Carolina and surrounding states. And all participants, from health and safety managers to loggers in the field, showed an eagerness to improve safety in their workplaces. Perhaps it is because this conference is one … Read More

OR-FACE Collaborates with Associated Oregon Loggers

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 … Read More

OR-FACE Publishes More Toolbox Talk Guides

Safety communication is an integral part of maintaining an injury prevention culture.  Its implementation can be in a variety of methods such as warning labels, safety trainings and meetings, hazard alerts and informal communications between supervisors, workers, and co-workers.  In her ~30 years of experience as a safety and health professional, Illa Gilbert-Jones, program manager of the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program, has learned that increasing the level of interaction between supervisor and workers about safety, … Read More

Training Young Workers: How-To’s for Employers

We recently heard about two terribly tragic young worker fatalities in Washington and in Calgary. The first, a fifteen-year-old working near a gravel crusher, had held the job for only a month and a half. Although being investigated by Alberta Occupational Safety and Health, a co-worker reported that the victim was operating a piece of heavy equipment when something went wrong. The second fatality, in Washington State, was a nineteen-year-old working as part of a … Read More

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