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

February 20015: Kevin & Kirk resized image SAIF Agricultural Safety Seminar organizers Kirk Lloyd and Kevin Pfau collaborate with OR-FACE.  The 2014-2015 seminar series incorporated OR-FACE information into two main topics: "Communication across generations" and "Lessons learned from serious injuries."   The seminar (16 English and 8 Spanish sessions) is held in 18 cities throughout Oregon from October through March with thousands of farm owners, managers and workers in attendance.  OR-FACE attended the February 26 session to observe the excellent use by Kirk and Kevin of personal stories to deliver the message. 

January 2015:  Three toolbox talks are published -- Rigging slinger killed by swinging log in yarding turn,Logging worker killed while riding on step of skidder, and Logger killed by a 4-foot pole sliding down steep hill.  Jeff Wimer, OR-FACE Safety Consultant and OSU Manager of Student Logging Program was invited to present OR-FACE logging data and resources at the annual Washington Contract Loggers Association.  Illa Gilbert-Jones presented construction data and resources at the Construction Safety Summit meeting.

December 2014:  OR-FACE participates in the Western Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference featuring logging toolbox talks.  Two fatality investigation reports are published -- Contract sanitation worker killed cleaning meat blending equipment and Vineyard worker killed in fall from trailer 

 July 2014:  OR-FACE published Fatality Investigation Report OR 2013-27-1, "Collapsed roof trusses kill carpenter foreman."

June 2014:  OR-FACE published three Toolbox Talk guides based on occupational fatalities in logging: Logger Killed Under Rigging When Carriage Drops, Timber Faller Killed While Working Under a Hung Tree Limb, and Logger Killed by Falling Sheave When Yarder Tower Collapses.  The OR-FACE website highlights the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction and provides a direct link to resources.

April 2014: OR-FACE published an investigation report, "Experienced Journey Machinist Killed While Operating an Engine Lathe." Onworkers memorial April 28 OR-FACE attended the annual Workers Memorial Day honoring the fallen Oregon workers. To honor the forty-six who were lost to workplace deaths in 2013, their names were read aloud during the service.

CPWR videos based on FACE fatalities were embedded in the OR-FACE website. Videos are on the right column of the site.

To encourage participation in the National Safety campaign, Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction the link and ad were prominently placed on the OR-FACE website.

January 2014: Illa Gilbert-Jones, CIH, CSP, started with OR-FACE on January 1 as Program Manager/Field Investigator. She has 25+ years of experience in health and safety in a variety of industries. OR-FACE toolbox talk initiative poste photo (3)r was presented at the mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit in Bend, OR on January 28. Pictured are Illa and Dede Montgomery with toolbox talk poster.