Oregon Workplace Fatalities

October 30, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

SAIF Corporation, Oregon’s not-for-profit, state-chartered worker’s compensation insurance company has published 2013-2014 workplace fatalities in its Fall issue of COMP NEWS. During this time period, 106 Oregon residents died from workplace related injuries largely in the construction, trucking, and logging industries.

Here’s the breakdown on the type of injuries and the number of workers killed in each category:

  • Heart attack/stroke – 40
  • Vehicle accidents – 11
  • Struck by Vehicle/crushed between vehicles – 11
  • Struck by an object – 10
  • Falls – 10
  • Farm vehicle accident – 4
  • Homicide – 5
  • Electrocution – 3
  • Carbon Monoxide Asphyxiation – 2
  • Other (drowning/heat stroke/suicide/avalanche/killed by animal/unknown causes) – 12

Many accident fatalities are preventable if companies exercise appropriate safety measures. General contractors are responsible for overall site safety which often involves insuring that subcontractors are following the safety plan for the project.

Heavy industrial equipment can cause injury and death and evaluating the safety of the equipment design is something we specialize in.

The attorneys at Pickett Dummigan LLP have extensive experience representing clients involved in industrial accidents and wrongful death. If you or your loved one is involved in a workplace accident, you may also have a legal claim against a third-party. Contact our law offices at (866) 628-3294 or send us an e-mail at http://www.pickettdummigan.com/ for a free consultation.