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October 2013

Surviving a workplace burn

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Severe burns can be some of the most difficult types of workplace accidents from which to recover. An employee at a frozen food processor shares his story of suffering severe frostbite, while a burn doctor in Portland discusses some of the challenges of treating and recovering from a burn.

"If you break a bone, you don't see the bone deformity that's there," said Dr. Joseph Polito. "The skin is how people see us. With scarring, it does leave physical deformities and that can also leave emotional scarring." Read article

Administrator's Message

I cannot help thinking that we need to take a harder line with employers who simply refuse to get the message. Read article

The Nature of Burns

Most of us know the feeling of a superficial burn, especially after spending a sunny day on the beach without sunscreen. But severe burns are another matter. Recovery from a severe burn may take years, leaving the victim with a loss of physical abilities, disfigurement, and scarring. Read article


Oregon bootmaker taps into company's soul

In the 1980s, the West Coast Shoe Company was faced with a wave of employee retirements and new, more inexperienced employees were hired to replace them. The handcrafted boots manufacturer in Scappoose saw injuries such as back strains and muscle pain begin to increase. Read this SHARP success story

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Safety Notes

Accident Report

Incident | Struck by broken glass
Business | Glass fabrication
Employee | Glass cutter

Two glasscutters had just finished cutting the 12th piece of a 23-piece quarter-inch plate glass order on a CNC cutting table. The piece measured 61 5/8 inches by 80 7/16 inches and weighed 105 pounds.

Attached to the side of the table was a rubber roller that the company installed to help the employees lift large pieces of cut glass. Read article

News Briefs

Oregon OSHA cites Cornelius construction company $70,000 for willful fall violation

Oregon OSHA restarts rulemaking on confined space entry

Oregon OSHA launches video series to educate young workers

Willamette University student honored with Workers' Memorial Scholarship

Central Conference focuses on workplace safety culture

Oregon OSHA announces partnership with Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program

Oregon OSHA renews alliance agreements

New SHARP companies and graduations

Going the Distance

Meet Kermit McCarthy from Oregon OSHA

Oregon OSHA

Lab manager:
Kermit McCarthy

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Ask Technical


I recently walked into our staff break room – which has a refrigerator and sink – and found one of our managers washing her pet Chihuahua in the sink. That's also the only room in the building where I am allowed to prepare and eat my food. I told her it was unsanitary but she said there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. This is a family run business and her brother is the owner. Are there any Oregon OSHA rules prohibiting the practice?

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