Jeffrey Wimer, OR-FACE Safety Consultant and Oregon State University Manager of Student Logging Program, presented OR-FACE logging data and resources to over 500 attendees at the annual WCLA Safety Conference held near Olympia on January 17. The resources created by Jeff and OR-FACE will contribute to the Washington State Logger Safety Initiative. The Oregon forestry/logging industry had 91 FACE cases from 2003-2013 and ranks second in the highest number of total fatalities.
The Oregon construction industry ranks third with 84 fatal occupational cases. Illa Gilbert-Jones presented OR-FACE construction data and resources to 40 members at the CSS January 20 meeeting. Construction and logging are high risk industries in Oregon and providing outreach information to these two industry groups aligns with the OR-FACE mission to “prevent occupational fatalities through surveillance, targeted investigation, assessment and outreach associated with traumatic work-related deaths in Oregon.” You can find both presentations and resources on the OR-FACE website.
Submitted by Illa Gilbert-Jones, CIH, CSP, Oregon FACE Program Manager/Field Investigator.