Oregon OSHA is the agency that enforces work place safety statutes and rules. This agency will investigate serious on the job injuries and fatalities, and occasionally, will cite employers for work place safety violations. If cited, and found responsible, the employer may pay a fine, and the violation could be used as evidence in an Employer Liability Law claim.
OSHA released its report of work place deaths for 2013.
Twenty nine Oregon workers lost their lives from on the job injuries last year. Construction workers represented the greatest number of fatalities, followed by logging related fatalities.
The report noted that work place deaths have been on a steady decline since the 1990’s, when the average annual fatality rates were 55 work place deaths per year, and the 1980’s, when the average fatality rate was 81 death per year.
Interestingly, this information comes from records of death benefits paid by Oregon Workers’ Compensation carriers, which excludes denied claims, self-employed workers, and certain government employees. The report also excludes work place deaths that were denied, but may have resulted in a settlement of an Oregon Workers’ Compensation claim.