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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 2:00pm EDT: Safety Voice for Ergonomics – a Research to Practice Example in the Masonry Trade
Presented by: Dan Anton, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Eastern Washington University,
Jennifer Hess, Research Associate, University of Oregon,
Dave Wysocki, IMTEF North Central Regional Director, National Safety Director. Internal Facilitator, Masonry r2p Partnership

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) continue to plague the construction industry, and masonry workers are among the most affected.  Even though ergonomic solutions are the primary method for reducing MSDs, many workers – especially apprentices – have limited training on ergonomics and no training on appropriate strategies to respond to unsafe work environments.  The SAVE (Safety Voice for Ergonomics) is an interactive program that addresses these gaps by providing apprentices with training in applied ergonomic principles as well as soft skills for effective safety communication.   During this hour-long webinar including Q&A, you’ll hear about SAVE’s development, testing, and integration into existing masonry apprenticeship training from the project researchers as well as a representative of the Masonry r2p Partnership, a collaboration that has ensured its success.
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Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 1:00pm EDT: What Happens After a Fall is Arrested?: Suspension Trauma and the Importance of Having a Rescue Plan
Presented by: 
Mike Kassman, Training Specialist, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research & Training
Chad Riddleberger, Captain and Technical Rescue Team Lead with Roanoke Fire-EMS, Adjunct Instructor with VA Department of Fire Programs, and Instructor with Spec Rescue International
Even when contractors and workers take steps to prevent them, falls can still occur. So what happens after a worker falls and is saved by their personal fall arrest system? Hanging in a harness too long can lead to orthostatic intolerance and suspension trauma, and there isn’t always time to wait for emergency services to respond. It’s critical that employers train and provide for fall rescue. Learn more from our experts about suspension trauma, rescue plans, solutions for self- and assisted-rescue, and the importance of training. This webinar will last between 1 and 1.5 hours including Q&A.
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For a full list of past event recordings, visit our Informational Webinar Series page.


Disaster Preparedness App.  CPWR and NABTU operate a Disaster Response Training program that prepares building trades men and women to safely work in disaster sites, restoring essential services and removing hazards without interfering with the vital activities of first responders. This app provides ready access to information a variety of emergency situations, including hurricanes. Available on Google and Apple.
Safety Voice in Ergonomics (SAVE) is a free training program designed to teach masonry brick and block apprentices problem solving skills and ergonomics. Learn more about the program and access all of the training components here.

A Controlled Comparison of 2 Concrete Drilling Methods: Concrete Dust, Vibration & Noise

Available in English and Spanish, this video shows the comparison performance of pneumatic and electric drills of similar mass during concrete drilling, and the different levels of dust generated during the work.


Now available in Spanish!

The Safety Climate Assessment Tool for Small Contractors (S-CAT SC) is designed to help small construction company employers and their employees assess and improve their jobsite safety climate.


Available in English and Spanish, this video– developed by the Roofing r2p Partnership (National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers & Allied Workers) – focuses on ladder safety during roofing work and shows how the free National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) ladder safety app can help.

    The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls is happening May 6th - 10th.  Will you be participating? Learn more and get materials at 
2019 marks the third year of OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs.  Learn more here.



Exposure to airborne nano-titanium dioxide during airless spray painting and sanding (April 2019)
The Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT): A rubric-based approach to measuring construction safety climate (April 2019)



•  TRU-Net Noise Survey for Workers (Apprenticeship & Journey-level Trainees) Survey Results (May 2019)
•  Exploring Potential Methods to Evaluate Impact and Outcomes of Construction Safety and Health Research (April 2019)
•  CPWR r2p Concept Mapping Report (April 2019)
•  Pilot-testing the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CATsc) for Small Hispanic Construction Firms (March 2019)




Nonstandard work arrangements in the construction industry








May 2019

New Study Explores the Types of Nonstandard Work Arrangements in Construction

Foundations For Safety Leadership (FSL) 

Now available in Spanish!


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