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News and Updates

May 2018: OR-FACE participated in multiple events in Portland during the 5th annual National Safety Stand-down in May. A highlight was a stand-down training event developed in collaboration between the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, OR-FACE, AGC-Oregon-Columbia Chapter and Oregon OSHA. The event was free and open to the public, and was held at the Portland Sheet Metal Institute. The stand-down training event featured the OSHA 7405 short course, "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" along with a panel discussion and demonstration of the use of fall protection equipment. Barb Epstien facilitated a toolbox talk using OR-FACE's recently published toolbox talk guide  about a construction worker who died after falling 20-25 feet from a pump-jack scaffold platform. The toolbox talk generated insightful attendee discussions about how they would prevent similar incidents from occurring on their jobsites. You can download this toolbox talk in English here and in Spanish here. OR-FACE also participated in a short video produced by NIOSH entitled, "A Five Year Look-back, National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction".

December 2017: OR-FACE published a new investigation report about a construction worker who died after falling 20-25 feet from a pump-jack scaffold. A number of safety hazards were identified that could have been prevented. The investigation report can be downloaded here. OR-FACE also recently partnered with SAIF to publish an updated hazard alert for agriculture, including real stories about some recent farm and ranch fatalities and prevention recommendations. You can download the hazard alert document here. 

November 2017:
In November, OR-FACE visited the ASSE Oregon State University Student Section, which is sponsored by the ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter. It was a wonderful visit discussing occupational health and safety career paths with this engaged group of students. OR-FACE is also developing a hazard alert document for our Oregon agriculture partners to help identify and prevent common fatal hazards on farms and ranches. The document will be shared with attendees of the SAIF agriculture safety seminar program. We also attended the Portland Construction Industry Suicide Prevention Summit sponsored by the Portland CFMA Chapter. Enlightening presentations discussed various risk factors that contribute to the high suicide rate in the construction industry, and offered valuable recommendations for improvement.