Most serious workplace accidents – accidents that happen infrequently but have catastrophic outcomes – are the result of a series of seemingly unrelated events, rarely perceived and never controlled or constrained. Such events persist as part of an organization's daily activities until someone makes a "mistake" – a subtle label for "operator error" or "human error" and the result is a fatality or catastrophe.
- Incident: Explosion
- Business: Medical response
- Employee: service technician
A vehicle service technician who worked for an emergency medical response company was cleaning and preparing an ambulance for the next shift.
Q: I teach a workplace safety course at a community college. Increasingly, the issue comes up in class about what a young person can do to advocate safer working conditions.
Meet the ombudsman for injured workers in Oregon
Company: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
Ombudsman for Injured Workers: Jennifer Flood
- Support organization works to help families of fallen workers
- Southern Oregon Conference honors 'Lifesaving' acts
- 2013 Oregon GOSH Conference programming announced
- Public education section offers updated, new classes
- Congratulations to the new SHARP companies
- Annual safety video contest opens to Oregon students