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  • As part of The Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, OSHA asked employers, governmental agencies, trade associations, sub-and independent contractors, and many others to participate in a nationwide Safety Stand-Down this summer during the week of June 2-6, 2014. They estimate that one million workers were educated on fall protection, including how to properly inspect and use protective equipment, and many companies took this opportunity to replace old or worn... Read More

  • The CPWR Data Center has just released a new Data Brief that updated numbers on construction fatalities, added charts on new topics to show the rise in fatal falls within various sectors and subsectors of the construction industry, and identified new trends. In 2012, construction fatalities rose for the first time since the economic downturn. With the success of the week-long Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction behind us, this short report is a reminder that there is much to... Read More

  • Over the last several years, CPWR has accelerated research to practice (r2p) activities to better meet dissemination needs. One focus of this effort is on Technology Transfer.  In May 2102, CPWR hosted a Technology Transfer Symposium, which brought together researchers and representatives from government, manufacturing, contractor associations, labor, and the insurance industry to discuss barriers and strategic approaches to diffuse health and safety technologies and best practices across... Read More

  • Safety Culture and Safety Climate are hot topics among construction contractors these days as they grapple with how to further reduce injury rates towards achieving the goal of zero injuries.  If we are to understand the degree to which safety culture and safety climate contribute to improving safety outcomes, we need to 1) agree on what safety culture and safety climate mean, 2) develop reliable and valid ways to measure them, and 3) design, implement, and evaluate interventions that... Read More

  • Hand injuries including cuts, strained muscles and tendons, damaged nerves, skin disorders, and burns can impact the quality of work, productivity, and even end careers. CPWR’s new website, ChooseHandSafety.org, raises awareness of the risks and how to prevent hand injuries, including what to look for when choosing hand tools and gloves. Training materials, such as presentations, toolbox talks, and handouts, are readily accessible for use in the classroom and on the job.

  • A new feature has been added to the Work Safely With Silica website (www.silica-safe.org) that allows users of the online tool,  Create-A-Plan, to confidentially save their job-specific plans to control silica so that they can be retrieved, edited and used at a later date!  Try out the new feature, and share content and suggestions for the website by emailing silica@cpwr.com. Your input will help protect workers everywhere and ensure that we all Work Safely With Silica. And if you... Read More

  • Program Director: Patricia Quinn (301) 495-8521 pquinn@cpwr.com Supporting initiatives with a budget under $30,000, the CPWR Small Studies program provides seed money for pursuing promising ideas. Many major research projects – like Dr. Nate Fethke’s search for ergonomic interventions for stud welders – have begun with a small study to demonstrate their viability or test their approach. But others represent important stand-alone projects: a survey of 2004-2009 small study authors found... Read More