Workplace Injuries

Rains v. Stayton Builders Mart

June 23, 2017 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Kevin Rains was a construction worker injured when a board sold by Stayton Builders Mart, and constructed by Weyerhauser, broke underneath him. After a trial handled by Pickett Dummigan McCall attorney J. Randolph Pickett and Brian Whitehead of the Law Offices of Brian Whitehead, a jury awarded Kevin Rains $7 million in economic and non-economic […]

Living on the Edge – The world of workplace slips, trips and falls.

July 22, 2015 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Authored by Roselyn Moore, Legal Assistant Some people come from long lines of farmers, others have law enforcement families and still more are proud army brats. I come from a construction family. My father and all five of my brothers are in the construction trade. Where other families might pull out family recipes or tell […]

Haciendo trabajar a la gente hasta su muerte

April 13, 2015 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Un nuevo estudio publicado la semana pasada por el Departamento de Negocios y Servicios al Consumidor de Oregon (“DCBS – DNSC”) muestra que los números de fatalidades en Oregon están subiendo de manera constante. 31 casos de fatalidad laboral fueron reportados en 2014, el mayor número de muertes en los últimos a 5 años. Un […]

Working People to Death

March 18, 2015 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

A new study released last week from the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (“DCBS”) showed that the numbers of workplace fatalities in Oregon is steadily climbing. 31 workplace fatalities were reported in 2014, the highest death toll in the past 5 years. A large percentage of the death count was found in the […]

Please smoke responsibly

November 5, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Today, Oregon voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana to take effect in 2015. Regardless of how you feel about this change; proponents and opponents can both agree that it is vital for people to act responsibly. Although marijuana has different properties than alcohol, the use of marijuana still impairs a person’s senses and diminishes […]

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 […]

Mechanical Beasts of Burden: the Risks of Farm Labor

September 3, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

According to government surveys, farmers make up less than 1% of the population in the United States. However, their farms produce enough crops to make the U.S. the world’s third largest producing country in agricultural commodities. With such an abundance of food, it can be easy to forget that farming is hard work. Long days […]

If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the danger.

August 13, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Portland has been experiencing a recent string of hot weather. Some of these hot and muggy days have set records that may literally have some people fainting. The danger of heat exposure goes beyond feeling light-headed. In many cases it has led to serious injury and death. Just a few months ago, two small children […]

There’s More to Worker’s Compensation

April 16, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Worker’s compensation is an exchange of legal rights between an employer and an employee that is usually required by law. The laws for worker’s compensation may vary from state to state, but the application is similar. Generally, workers who are injured on the job can qualify for worker compensation benefits. When a worker qualifies, the […]

Be safe before “trussing” contractors.

September 9, 2013 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

This past weekend (9/7/2013), a construction worker employed by Stalcup Roofing & Construction was killed while at a work site in Sandy, Oregon. Three other workers were also injured in this accident. The workers were working on some trusses when improper pressure from a crane shifted the trusses from underneath them. The workers fell and […]