Laden with diesel fuel, the semi-truck trundling north on Highway 30 in Northwest Portland would never reach its destination.
The commercial vehicle swerved off the road and plowed into a train that was not moving. The collision triggered a blaze that halted traffic, forced nearby residents to stay in their homes, and drew firefighters to the scene. The driver of the truck died.
To some observers, the Dec. 13, 2015, crash might have seemed like a headline-grabbing anomaly – a horrible deviation from the otherwise relatively safe and wellregulated world of driving.
To workplace safety experts, however, the high-profile incident put another exclamation point on a disturbing fact: Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death among workers in Oregon and the U.S.
“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers."
~ Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn”
If you happen to be driving the Interstate 5 corridor in Portland between 5 and 6 p.m. on a Friday, and you're feeling a bit tense, there's a good reason for it. It's a peak time for vehicle encounters of the unwelcome kind: crashes. But crashes happen anytime and the numbers add up. In 2014, there were 51,245 motor vehicle crashes in Oregon, according to the most recent data available from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
A tractor operator who was not wearing a seatbelt was severely injured when his ROPS-equipped tractor rolled over.
My employer is painting the interior spaces of the building I work in. I had to go home today because the fumes were making me nauseous and giving me a headache. I don't know if it is oil or latex paint. All I know is that it smells very bad. Shouldn't they be painting after hours when employees are not present? What can I do? I don't want to miss any more work.
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