Safety

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

Arsenic and cadmium air pollution found in SE and North PDX

Potentially unsafe levels of arsenic and cadmium have been detected in the air of Southeast Portland. The primary source was been localized to a glass production facility that has operated there for ~40 years. They have since terminated use of these metals in their process, so there is no current risk of continued airborne exposure from this source. A similar finding has been localized to a glass production facility in North Portland, who has also … 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

How’s that video coming along?

Less than ten days remain for Oregon high school students to create and submit their 90 second video entry for the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition’s annual “Work Safe. Save a Friend” contest. O[yes] seeks entries that will inspire teens to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The group looks for videos that will motivate other teens to think about the importance of speaking up for safety in the workplace, … 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

Be careful mixing medications and work

So there I was, shivering under the covers, my feverish body aching from some mysterious illness, anticipating the early Monday morning alarm that would signal the new workweek. The medication I had taken to relieve my cold/flu symptoms had not yet taken hold. “Should I even go to work?” was barely in my consciousness as the medication finally lulled me to sleep. This scenario, which I’m sure most of us can relate to, was what … Read More

Oregon FACE helps with OSHA 10 for high schoolers

OR-FACE taught machine guarding in an OSHA 10 general industry class for another group of students in Community Experience for Career Education (CE)2 . The (CE)2 program is led by Learning Managers Sue McGee and Tony Hunt and is an alternative education program in the Tigard-Tualatin School District. Through the program students have an opportunity to develop job skills through practical experience while earning core credits toward a high school diploma. Not only do students … Read More

2015: Best of our blog

As 2015 winds down, we share our thanks to you – our faithful readers. Oregon and the Workplace continues to be an effective way for us to share news about our work, our partners, and workplace safety, health, wellness and well-being. And though all of our posted blogs are read by many, a few stand out as most popular. The most popular blogs of 2015 were: #1: Do you work too much? #2: Welcome 2015 … Read More

Occupational Health Sciences Reports to MLAC

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences provides reports to Oregon’s Management Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC) due to it’s base funding from the Workers’ Compensation System. Dr. Steven Shea is pictured describing the Institute’s vertically integrated research concept with an illustration of sleep and circadian rhythms.  Molecular and cellular researchers interact with scientists conducting animal and human laboratory research.  This informs applied intervention research in the Oregon workplace and that leads to safer and healthier workers … Read More

Thankful for those who contribute to a safer community

Saw Shop owners distribute OR-FACE safety manual John and Debbie Phipps and their son Nick have owned State Street Saw Shop in Salem, Oregon, for nearly nine years. They have been distributing the OR-FACE manual, “Fallers Logging Safety” to their customers for many years. Debbie called recently for another supply. I took the opportunity to deliver the manuals and to ask them a few questions. I found out that whenever it seemed that a customer … Read More

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