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Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

October 19, 2015


The leading cause of serious construction-related accidents in Oregon this year: Falls from elevation

That fact may not be surprising, but each accident is a unique case that offers a lesson worth remembering. Through Oct. 15 this year, there have been 23 construction-related accidents reported to Oregon OSHA in which at least one worker required overnight hospitalization, and there were four accidents in which workers died because of their injuries – a total of 27 cases. Nineteen of those 27 cases were the result of falls from these elevated surfaces:


Working surface Falls reported
Roof 7
Ladder 5
Scaffold 1
Counter top 1
Scissor lift 1
Interior ledge 1
Work basket 1
Truck 1
Temporary framework 1


Below are 10 brief descriptions of those falls. Cases not included are still under investigation.

Falls from roofs

Falls from ladders

Fall from counter top

Fall in scissor lift

Fall from interior ledge

Fall from truck into excavation

Fall from temporary framework



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