Current Research

CPWR’s current five-year cooperative agreement with NIOSH to continue serving as the National Construction Center through 2024 means that we welcome new and continuing university partners into our research consortium. It also enables multi-year research projects and programs, all designed to reduce construction worker injury, death, and disease.

Five New Research Projects Aim at Preventing Suicide and Opioid-Related Deaths Among Construction Workers

Earlier this year CPWR invited industry professionals and researchers to propose studies aimed at preventing suicide and opioid-related deaths. An expert review committee considered 19 proposals, with evaluation of the efficacy and scalability of the programs studied a top priority. The committee selected five projects to receive $50,000 each from funding provided by a private sector donor.


The following pages provide short descriptions of this work, which ranges across important topics in construction worker safety and health; they also show the researchers leading the projects.

Communications, Education and Outreach Core

Construction Industry Data and Statistical Core 

Evaluation and Improvement of OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Training

Evaluation of the Best Built Plans Manual Material Handling Tool for Construction 

Evaluation of Trunk and Arm Support Exoskeletons for Construction 

Health Hazard Controls Industry Diffusion: Evidence-based intervention strategy (PTD Diffusion) 

Improving Safety Leadership and Fall Prevention Training in Residential Work (Residential Construction) 

Manufactured Nanomaterials in Construction: Evaluating Exposures, Controls and Worker Training  

Prevention through Augmented Pre-Task Planning 

Promoting Safety and Well-being among Sheet Metal Worker Women through Mentoring  

Reactive Chemical Systems: Part B – Developing Data-Driven Interventions

Research to Practice (r2p) Core 

Safety Climate-Safety Management Information System (SC-SMIS)