Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882
Oregon workplace fatality data for 2004 Audio files
March 30, 2005
NEWS RELEASE: Oregon workplace fatality data for 2004
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Peter De Luca is the administrator of the DCBS Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA).
Suggested lead: Oregon's workplace fatality count remains low compared to other states, despite many people working in high-hazard occupations where the potential for injury is a part of the job.
"The difference between a fatality and an almost fatality, or a complete miss, is sometimes just a matter of inches." (:08) Peter De Luca, Oregon OSHA administrator
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Suggested lead: It is important when analyzing fatality data to remember each number was a person, and that death leaves a void in many lives.
"Every one of these fatalities is a significant event that affects a family, a community, a workplace in a very significant way, and even one fatality of course is one too many." (:12)
Peter De Luca, Oregon OSHA administrator
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Suggested lead: Despite a single-year increase in the number of workplace fatalities, Oregon has reduced the number of annual deaths in workplaces by 60 percent since the Oregon Safe Employment
Act was signed into law in 1973.
"Several years ago, workers being killed on the job was considered just part of the cost of doing business. That's no longer the case and most businesses won't tolerate it - and they should
never tolerate it." (:12) Peter De Luca, Oregon OSHA administrator
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For additional information:
Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA