September 16, 2015
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This year (as of Sept. 15), there have been 44 initial reports of workplace fatalities in Oregon. Of those 44 fatalities, 19 were caused physical trauma – falls, motor vehicle accidents, machinery accidents, and similar events that are typically included in official fatality reports. The other 24 workers (56 percent) died from "natural causes" – events such as heart attack, stroke, and other medical conditions that happened at work but were not necessarily work related. In 2014, the number of reported workplace fatalities was 31; not included in that number were 22 others whose deaths fell into the category of natural causes.
When a worker needs medial attention for a serious injury (or any other medical condition), call 911. Do not rely on self-assessments or medical assessments from well-intentioned co-workers. This year, a number of workplace medical emergencies have left workers waiting while co-workers discussed whether a 911 call was necessary.
Compliance poster solicitations may look official, but they are scams that charge employers $84 for posters that are free on the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) website.
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