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Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at 1:00pm EST: Evaluation of Trunk and Arm Support Exoskeletons for Construction
Presented by: Dr. Carisa Harris, Assist. Professor UC San Francisco/Berkeley; Director UC Ergonomics Research Program, 
and Dr. Maury Nussbaum, Professor Virginia Tech; Director Occupational Biomechanics & Ergonomics Program  

As highlighted by CPWR, the rate of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in construction in 2016 was 11% higher than that for all industries due to risk factors associated with overexertion, including lifting/lowering, carrying, hand tool use, and static non-neutral postures. Exoskeletons (EXOs) combine human intelligence with machine power to augment the physical capacity of the wearer and may have an enormous, beneficial impact on construction workers. However, introducing EXOs without a comprehensive understanding of construction stakeholders and the effects of using EXOs can lead to poor adoption and use in practice and unintended consequences. This webinar will provide an overview of an exciting research project that will evaluate trunk and arm support exoskeletons in construction by understanding the promoters and barriers to the acceptance of EXOs by stakeholders and assessing the safety, effectiveness and efficacy of EXOs for targeted construction tasks.

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For a full list of past event recordings, visit our Informational Webinar Series page.



The Liberty Mutual Safety Innovation Award in Construction recognizes innovative evidence-based technologies, work practices, and programs designed to reduce or eliminate hazards that lead to injuries and pain in the construction industry. Sponsored by Liberty Mutual and administered by CPWR, the award includes a $15,000 cash prize to the winning individual or organization; in addition, one or more honorable mentions may be awarded, each with a $5,000 prize. Apply now! 

Controlling Exposure to Spray Polyurethane Foam in a Healthcare Setting

This newly developed CPWR IMPACT card focuses on the success of a contractor-research team partnership in an effort to control hazardous exposure during application of spray polyurethane foam.


Leadership Skills to create a strong jobsite safety climate

This newly developed CPWR IMPACT card focuses on the Foundation for Safety Leadership (FSL) program. 

New infographics focused on Lightning, RF Radiation, and Solvents now available in English and Spanish.
This updated Hazard Alert shares information on how to work safely with solvents, and is available in both English and Spanish.



•  Embedded Safety Communication System for Robust Hazard Perception of Individuals in Work Zones (November 2019)
•  Effect of hollow bit local exhaust ventilation on respirable quartz dust concentrations during concrete drilling (October 2019)
  Mortality of Older Construction and Craft Workers Employed at Department of Energy Nuclear Sites: Follow‐up Through 2016 (October 2019)



•  Summary Report: Research to Practice (r2p) In Construction: Science, Strategies & Partnerships to Advance Safety & Health, June 2015 – June 2019  (October 2019)




  Overdose Fatalities at Worksites and Opioid Use in the Construction Industry








January 2020


  New Safety and Health Resources for the New Year                                                                                                                     


Foundations For Safety Leadership (FSL) 

Now available in Spanish!


Click HERE  for descriptions and links to more recently developed CPWR programs.


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