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Small Study Program -- What's Next?

Small studies currently underway are looking at a wide range of issues, including:

Mistakeproofing the design of construction process. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are investigating whether “mistakeproofing” devices and techniques familiar in lean production can be implemented in construction to improve safety.

Aluminet: An intervention for heat-related illness among construction workers.  Researchers at Auburn University are testing whether an aluminum reflective vest can reduce heat-related illness among construction workers.

Holographic visual interaction and remote collaboration in construction safety and health. Researchers at West Virginia University are assessing the feasibility of applying the mixed-reality technology in safety and health communication at construction jobsites.

Nanotechnology: Assessing awareness/training needs among California construction trades. Researchers at the California State Building and Construction Trades Council are evaluating the current understanding and use of nanotechnology applications in industrial/commercial construction to ascertain the need for worker training about nano-enabled products.

Ergonomic stressors and back injury risk factors in construction glass and glazing work. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will identify and rank ergonomic risk factors in common construction glass and glazing work.  Data analysis will focus on back stressors that can cause work-related discomfort and injury.

A pilot study on nanoparticle levels and field evaluation. Researchers at Georgia Southern will collect measurements of airborne nanoparticles at construction job sites and provide an assessment of respiratory protection factors against airborne nanoparticles during construction jobs by using a manikin donned with N-95 respirator masks.

Reducing highway construction fatalities through improved adoption of safety technologies. Researchers at Oregon State University will investigate how safety technology affects workers in highway construction work zones with a study of work zone intrusion alarms. Researchers will develop and evaluate a model for work zone safety technology acceptance, and propose a framework for determining the financial implications of WZIT (Work Zone Intrusion Technology) adoption.

ISafe: Using panoramic augmented reality to create a virtual safety training environment. Researchers from the University of Florida will use panoramic augmented reality for visualizing complex occasions on construction sites that can be augmented with different layers of safety-related information.