Our Mission

The Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) Program is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) sponsored program designed to prevent occupational fatalities through surveillance, targeted investigations, assessment and outreach associated with traumatic work-related deaths.

News and Updates

January 2016: Investigation Report,  "Crane operator killed by falling steel beam," was published and posted on website.

November/December 2015: 

TBGs 12-2015

OR-FACE published three more  toolbox talk guides based on fatalities involving a hydraulic accumulator with stored energy, fall through a skylight and drowning in a landscape  pond.  OR-FACE participated in an OSHA 10 class for high school students by teaching machine  guarding and describing fatalities where guarding would have prevented the incident. 

Spanish TBG

September/October 2015OR-FACE published Spanish toolbox talk guides. Six English toolbox talk guides published previously are now available in Spanish.

OR-FACE 2013 Annual Report cover

August 2015OR-FACE publishes Occupational Fatalities in Oregon Annual Report 2013Included in the report are graphs for the year 2013 and cumulative data from when OR-FACE began surveillance in 2003 through 2013.

July 2015: National Truckers Association  publishes in Safety Issues, "Salesman killed when forklift falls of truck loading ramp."  The article was based on an OR-FACE fatality report. 



ASSE local Chapter hosting Rigging & Signaling Course

ASSE Rigging courseThe crane fatality OR-FACE 2015-02-1 report was discussed during an ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter Board meeting and a decision was made to explore hosting a safety rigging course.  Paula Jones, President-Elect, researched the options and arranged for the Chapter to host a Rigging & Signaling Safety Training Course on March 14, 2016.  The course is to assist the employer in meeting the "Qualified Rigger" and/or "Qualified Signalperson" requirements.  To encourage participation, the course cost has been significantly reduced. ASSE membership is not required to register.  Class size is limited and registration is online at www.regonline.com/Rigging2016.

MVA leading cause of death among workers in US and Oregon

US MVA fatalities 2003-2012

In Oregon there were 184 worker fatalities from motor vehicle accidents between 2003-2013. Now available is a NIOSH fact sheet,"Preventing work-related motor vehicle crashes."  This fact sheet is a guide to create a tailored motor vehicle safety program.Oregon worker fatalities by event 2003-2013

Construction Fatality Videos

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) created three short  videos, each based NIOSH FACE construction fatality reports.

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National Safety Stand-Down

Participate in the Safety Stand-Down, May 4-15. Attend the May 8 Portland event. Complimentary course offered, OSHA 7405: Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry.  Event program.  For registration and additional activities click here. Visit the official Campaign website for training, resources, fatality map, videos and more.2015 Stand Down Poster