Share a Story, Save a Life! April 27th-May 11th

Workers memorial plaque in Salem, Oregon

The Oregon FACE program is challenging supervisors and workers in the construction industry to read and discuss a story about an Oregon construction worker who died on the job between April 27th and May 11th, 2018. Go here to browse and pick a story that is relevant to the kind of work you do. Most stories are just one paragraph and come with helpful prevention recommendations.

If you share a story during this two-week period, we want to hear about it!

Please email Oregon FACE at orface@ohsu.edu and tell us:

  • The date you shared the story
  • Your city
  • Number of employees present
  • Your trade (or trades)
  • Optional – your name, company name, or a photo of the crew participating

If you are a sole proprietor, or a worker on your own, you can read a story yourself, or email or send it to a friend you know in the industry.

So why the push to share a story during this two-week window?

April 28th is Workers Memorial Day. The AFL-CIO established this day to “…remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs.” In Oregon, a special and sobering event is usually held in Salem, where the names of all the Oregon workers who died in the past year are read, and a few compassionate (and passionate) words are said by labor and government leaders.  This year the event will be held Fri., April 27, 11:30 AM, Capitol Mall, Salem OR.

Shortly after Workers’ Memorial Day between May 7th and 11th is the National Safety Stand Down to prevent falls in construction. You can go here to register to attend the Portland area training event during that week.  There will be more information coming shortly about the Portland Stand-down event. But, if you are not in Portland, participating in the “Share a Story, Save a Life” campaign is an easy and important way to be a part of these good efforts.

The “Share a Story, Save a Life” campaign in Oregon is meant to honor those who have lost their lives on the job, and to help those you work with and care about create a safe and protective work environment. Also, if you share a story during this two-week window, Oregon FACE will add your good deed to the record of Oregon Stand Down events in this National Campaign.

Each story about a worker’s death is tragic and sad. If we don’t share these stories and learn from them, we may not know how to prevent similar things from happening where we work. Please help us get the word out and get lots of people participating in this year’s “Share a Story, Save a Life” campaign!

-Ryan Olson, Director, OR-FACE Program