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  • Approximately 367,000 U.S. workers are employed in highway, street, and bridge construction and are at risk of exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Workers use a variety of machinery when removing and recycling asphalt pavement; a number of them use cold-milling machines with toothed, rotating cutters that grind and remove the pavement, or work in close proximity to them. Dust generated from the cold-milling machines often contains respirable crystalline silica which can be... Read More

  • A research to practice, or r2p, partnership is a collaborative effort among stakeholders to identify and solve safety and health problems by promoting the use of available research-based solutions and identifying new research needs. When researchers, workers, contractors, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders agree to work as partners, they can effectively accelerate the development, acceptance and use of safe and practical tools, materials and work practices on construction sites. ... Read More

  • The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries for all workers in the United States, but Latino workers in particular have higher work-related fatality rates and are more likely than non-Latino construction workers to suffer work-related injuries, including those severe enough to cause lost workdays. Latino construction workers also lack access to health care coverage and have significantly lower rates of workers compensation coverage compared to white, non-Latino... Read More

  • CPWR recently developed 8 practical worksheets compiled into a booklet (also available individually below) titled Strengthening Jobsite Safety Climate by Using and Improving Leading Indicators.  It is designed to help construction managers, safety professionals, and hourly craft workers, learn about some of the important leading indicators of safety climate as well as ideas for strengthening them.  There is one worksheet for each safety climate indicator identified in... Read More

  • CPWR’s Model Silica Specifications for Masonry Grinding, Cutting, and Sawing are a product of the CPWR/NIOSH Engineering Controls Work Group.  They were developed by a panel of researchers, contractors, labor organizations and government representatives with substantive experience and knowledge in masonry work and/or engineering controls for silica.  While these specifications were designed primarily for protecting workers from occupational exposure to silica, they also provide... Read More

  • According to NIOSH, “[n]oise-induced hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States. Each year approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to noise loud enough to damage their hearing.” To reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss, NIOSH has just released a new Buy Quiet web resource to encourage companies to purchase or rent quieter equipment and machinery.

  • CPWR provides up to $30,000 to fund small studies that focus on construction safety and health issues. The Small Study Program operates on a rolling admissions cycle. A study can be proposed at any time. CPWR seeks to fund studies that focus on construction safety and health research with emphasis on: development or exploratory methodologies, prevention effectiveness or intervention, r2p (research to practice), particularly dissemination studies aimed at the promotion and broad adaption of... Read More

  • This CPWR Quarterly Data Report, the first of its kind, describes the findings on the recovery of construction employment since the recent economic downturn and employment projections for the coming years.

  • 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

  • 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.