December 19, 2013
Apparent medical conditions, including heart attack, accounted for about 45 percent of the workplace fatalities reported to Oregon OSHA (through Dec. 10) this year. The statistic is not surprising, however. In years' past, heart attacks at the workplace accounted for more deaths than all other causes of death combined.
Employers must report to Oregon OSHA a fatality caused by a heart attack at work. A heart attack is considered work related only when there is a medical diagnosis that mental or physical stress from work was a contributing factor.
Because the end of each year is a good time for making resolutions, this is a good time to think about making worker wellness a part of your workplace safety and health program.
Initial reports of workplace fatalities are also available on Oregon OSHA's Fatality and accident investigation reports webpage. Click on Initial reports of workplace fatalities in Oregon, 2000-2013.
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But remember: the information in this newsletter is intended to highlight safe work practices, but it does not replace Oregon OSHA workplace safety and health rules.
For information about Oregon OSHA services and answers to technical questions, call (503) 378-3272 or toll-free within Oregon, (800) 922-2689.