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News and Updates

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.

October 2017: October was a busy conference month for OR-FACE. We gave presentations at two meetings. First was the annual meeting of the NIOSH FACE program, held in Morgantown, WV, headquarters of NIOSH's Division of Safety Research. All seven states with FACE programs attended along with national NIOSH FACE staff. Ryan Olson presented updates on Oregon FACE activities. Barb Epstien facilitated a discussion on multi-state collaborations, which sparked several ideas aimed at enhancing FACE's impact on fatality prevention outreach. She also presented a case study about a fatal logging incident; other states also presented unique case studies. NIOSH staff provided updates on current research underway.

Later in the month, Barb attended the Pacific NW Section-AIHA NW Occupational Health Conference (NOHC) in Spokane, WA. She and Todd Schoonover of Washington FACE co-presented "FACE Program Perspectives on Fatal Logging Injuries in the PNW: a review of Oregon and Washington Surveillance Data, Investigation, Research, and Prevention Outreach".

September 2017: OR-FACE participated in the 10th annual Western Occupational Network (WestON) meeting in Denver. The meeting provides a great opportunity to establish and strengthen collaborative relationships with other state based surveillance, epidemiology, and worker injury and illness prevention programs. The 19 western states in the network share priorities including mining, agriculture, logging, wildland fire fighting, and oil and gas extraction. Barb Epstien gave a "Quick Takes" presentation about OR-FACE's partnerships aimed at helping prevent agricultural fatalities. The talk was part of a session entitled, "Risky Business", and it highlighted OR-FACE's work with the SAIF Corporation's Agriculture Seminar Series and the social network analysis currently underway with Oregon wine growers. You can download the presentation here.