OR-FACE shares safety week messages

interactive presentation of safety toolbox talk about a fatal scaffold fall

OR-FACE participated in multiple events during last week’s 5th annual National Safety Stand-down. #StandDown4Safety is part of OSHA’s ongoing campaign to prevent falls in construction as falls continue to be the leading cause of fatalities in the trades. The purpose of the stand-down is for employers and employees to take a pause and engage in open discussion about how to prevent falls at their worksites.

The week culminated with a stand-down training event hosted by the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center. The 5-hour event was a collaboration developed along with OR-FACE, AGC-Oregon-Columbia Chapter and Oregon OSHA. This free public event, held at the Portland Sheet Metal Institute, featured the OSHA 7405 short course, “Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry” along with a panel discussion and demonstration of the use of fall protection equipment. Barb Epstien, OR-FACE fatality investigator and outreach specialist, facilitated a toolbox talk about a construction worker who died after falling 20-25 feet from a pump-jack scaffold platform. Many of the 80 attendees contributed ideas and shared their own stories throughout the day, which strengthened the lessons learned by all.

OR-FACE was also proud to participate in a short video produced by NIOSH: “A Five Year Look-back, National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction”.

Let’s remember that Safety Stand-down is not just for a day or a week. Construction falls are preventable. Let’s work together and keep those conversations going all year long!

OR-FACE participated in NIOSH video marking the 5-year anniversary of stand-down campaign
NIOSH Stand-down video partners
Portland stand-down event hands-on workshops
Hands-on workshops during Portland Stand-down event
Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences booth at OHSU's 2nd annual Safety Break
Earlier during Safety Week, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences hosted a booth at OHSU’s 2nd annual Safety Break