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Archived News and Updates

2013

August 2013: The national FACE Program identified an average of one death per year related to bathroom fixture refinishing with stripping agents containing methylene chloride. There have been two recent incidents involving methylene chloride, one fatal, in Oregon. In the fatal incident, the homeowner discovered the victim hunched over the bathtub after vapors from a methylene chloride stripper overcame the worker. He was not wearing a respirator and was working in a small bathroom with only a ceiling fan on and a closed door. He never regained consciousness and died in the hospital. Methylene chloride is very dangerous and can severely burn the skin and eyes; damage the liver, kidney, and brain; and may cause death. Symptoms include dizziness, headache, disorientation, and loss of consciousness. You can read the full Oregon OSHA hazard alert here.

June 2013: "Work-related Transportation fatalities in Oregon: A snap shot" will be published in the Oregon Trucking Association's quarterly magazine The Advisor. This article features a summary of the OR-FACE investigation Truck driver crushed between semi‐trailer and loading dock as well as a review of transportation industry fatalities in Oregon from 2006 to 2010.

May 2013: OR-FACE published its annual report for 2010—Occupational Fatalities in Oregon Annual Report 2010. In 2010, OR FACE recorded 48 fatal occupational incidents, with 50 worker deaths.

April 2013: "Elevated occupational transportation fatalities among older workers in Oregon: an empirical investigation" was published in this month's Accident Analysis & Prevention. You can read about the findings here.

March 2013: OR-FACE has developed Toolbox Talk Guides to address one of the most common worksite hazards in the State and Nation - construction falls. The first four toolbox talk guides can be downloaded here.