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Liberty Mutual Safety Innovation Award

Winner of the 2020 Award

The first Liberty Mutual Safety Innovation Award in Construction was announced June 11 at CPWR’s annual Research to Practice Seminar and Workshop. The award — sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and administered by CPWR — recognizes innovative evidence-based technologies, work practices, and programs (interventions) designed to reduce or eliminate construction hazards that lead to injuries and pain in the construction industry.

The winner will be receiving a $15,000 cash prize and a plaque, and each of the two honorable mention awardees will receive a $5,000 cash prize and plaques.

Read about the award process, including judging criteria and eligibility. Applications for the 2021 Liberty Mutual Safety Innovation Award in Construction will open this fall.

WINNER

Little Giant Ladders Industrial King Kombo Ladder
Ladders are often bulky and heavy, leading to handling injuries. In addition, workers unable to use heavy ladders close to their work get “creative:” propping them up with other materials, setting them in precarious positions, and creating situations that can lead to injury and even death. The 3-in-1 Little Giant King Kombo all-access fiberglass ladder (see above) is the world’s first stepladder, extension ladder, and lean-to ladder in one lightweight package. The King Kombo provides solutions to common ladder-related safety concerns and has the potential to save companies thousands of dollars in insurance claim costs and OSHA violation fees. Learn more about Little Giant King Kombo ladder.

HONORABLE MENTION

ITI VR Construction Hazard Awareness Application
The ITI VR Construction Hazard Awareness application measures workers’ ability to identify hazards by immersing them in a virtual construction site through a virtual reality headset and handheld controls. This solution enables organizations to carry out assessment and training at a lower cost than typical computer-based training, positioning firms to reduce their hazard-related incidents by several percentage points per year. ITI, which created this application, expects organizations that train and assess their workers multiple times per year will see even greater reductions in reportable incidents. Learn more about the ITI VR Construction Hazard Awareness Application.


Suckabucket
Suckabucket reduces airborne contaminates when mixing dry materials, many of which contain products that can damage human health when inhaled. By controlling particulate pollution during the mixing of materials like concrete, Suckabucket keeps workspaces cleaner and employees healthier. Suckabucket can sit atop a standard 3.5-, 5-, 6-, or 7-gallon bucket, and it allows users to attach a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner for dust extraction. As a result, workers can pour and mix their products easily without being exposed to harmful dust. Learn more about Suckabucket.

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Applications for the 2021 award will open this fall. 

All applicable taxes, including federal, state and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner(s) who may be issued an IRS 1099 tax form.

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