Archived News and Updates

2014

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.

November 2014: OR-FACE presented at the Associated Oregon Loggers annual safety conference on November 8. The 185 conference attendees were provided information on the available OR-FACE resources-toolbox talks, investigation reports, brochures, hazard alerts and annual reports. OR-FACE is pleased to collaborate with AOL to further efforts in preventing logging fatalities in Oregon. In October, the Washington State L&I, SHARP Research Director notified OR-FACE that the logging toolbox talks created by OR-FACE will be sent to ∼200 logging contractors in Washington State.

September 2014: During 2000-2009 70% of commercial fishing deaths off the US West coast were caused by drowning. Dungeness crab fisheries had the highest number of fatalities. Falls overboard accounted for 24% of all fatalities. None of the victim of falls overboard were wearing personal flotation device. A Crab fishing hazard alert was published with safety tips and fatal stories of three Oregon commercial fishermen.

Four more toolbox talk guides were added to the website: (1) Load of lumber shifts and falls on construction worker; (2) Truck driver crushed between semi-trailer and loading dock ; (3) Mechanic killed by excavator bucket ; and (4) Excavation worker killed by flying rigging when hook fails.

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." On 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 poster 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.


2013

September 2013:  From 2010 to 2013, 10 Oregon workers in the Logging and Forestry industries died after being struck by trees.  Hung limbs and snags in trees are a recurring contributing factor to occupational fatalities among tree faller in Oregon.  You can download the alert here. 

September 2013:  OR-FACE has published its annual report for 2011-- Occupational Fatalities in Oregon Annual Report 2011.  In 2011 OR-FACE recorded 59 fatal occupational fatalities and as many incidents.  Overall, the number of fatalities went up compared to the 51 fatalities in 2010.

September 2013:  Since 2003, OR-FACE has tracked over 600 work-related deaths in the state of Oregon and has now published all confirmed occupational fatalities as interactive maps.  The maps with all available years selected reveal transportation as the top industry, occupation and event to fatally injured working Oregonians.  Forestry/logging and construction are the second most hazardous industries in Oregon.  After transportation occupations construction occupations are the second most hazardous.  After transportation events, the second most frequent event for traumatic injury in Oregon is contact with object or equipment.

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.