January 29, 2023


Anything but ordinary

Oregon roofer dies in Pacific Northwest’s heatwave

Dive Brief:

  • A construction employee has died of warmth-connected ailment pursuing the report-location heatwave in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon OSHA has claimed.
  • While inspecting a likely leak from a condensate line, an unnamed roofer in Hillsboro, Oregon, collapsed from warmth stress on June 28, the most popular working day on report in the point out, when the thermometer achieved 116 degrees. He later died in the hospital from heat stress, in accordance to a preliminary Oregon OSHA report shared with Building Dive.
  • The roofer’s death is a person of 4 heat-associated fatalities at this time underneath investigation by Oregon OSHA, in accordance to the report. He was used by Robinson Building, in accordance to the company. Robinson Development did not promptly answer to a request for remark from Construction Dive.

Dive Insight:

Doing the job in a area significantly less accustomed to huge heat spikes can be additional perilous. The Pacific Northwest heatwave induced up to 100 fatalities in Oregon, United states of america Today documented

Oregon OSHA been given 219 warmth-relevant problems from June 24 to July 2. In 2020, the department received 2,000 grievances all year, according to Leah Andrews, a spokesperson for Oregon OSHA, indicating the heatwave represented about 10% of previous year’s total issues in the course of a single 9-day window.

Specifically early in the summer, workers who are not acclimated to the heat can succumb to warmth-relevant ailment additional conveniently, Max Gottfried, environmental well being and basic safety manager at Rosendin Electric, explained to Construction Dive shortly after the heatwave.

A lack of knowledge working in warmth, blended with that susceptibility can spell trouble for workers and contractors. It truly is essential to be vigilant and teach employees to look out for each other, Gottfried said.

As of July 3, Oregon OSHA has described 3 potential fatalities and two opportunity hospitalizations from the warmth for 2021. Those incidents are at this time less than investigation, and not verified. 

By comparison, Oregon OSHA reviews affirm 1 fatality and three hospitalizations from warmth in 2020 and one particular fatality with no hospitalizations in 2019.

The investigation into the roofer’s loss of life will very likely choose four-to-5 months, Andrews instructed Development Dive. 

“These investigations typically guide to corrective actions in which businesses carry out new safety policies and strategies to stay away from long term injuries and fatalities,” Andrews said. “When safety violations are observed through an investigation, we strive to hold accountable the companies who had the obligation to prevent the tragedy.”