From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

April 2024

Take Part in This Month's National Struck-By Stand-Down

Struck-by incidents are the second leading cause of death among construction workers and the leading cause of nonfatal injuries. The National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents raises awareness of these incidents -- which can involve vehicles and heavy equipment, swing hazards from cranes, and falling or flying objects -- by bringing employers and employees together to stop work and talk about safety. This year’s Stand-Down will focus on internal traffic control plans and work zone safety. Learn more on the CPWR website, including how to participate and promote an event; also, register for the upcoming webinar about struck-by hazards below.  


Redesigned StopConstructionFalls.com Supports Next Month’s Falls Stand-Down

Coming May 6-10 is the 11th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Part of the year-round Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, the Falls Stand-Down has provided information and free materials to hundreds of thousands of people across the industry over the past decade. Find resources -- in English and Spanish -- on the redesigned StopConstructionFalls.com, including how to participate in the Stand-Down and how to order hardhat stickers, Hazard Alert Cards, and more.

New Video on Building Safety Climate

In a new video, safety directors from eight small and medium-sized construction companies describe how they strengthen jobsite safety climate across eight leading indicators. Visit CPWR's Safety Climate-Safety Management Information System to measure those indicators at your company and learn ways to improve them with evidence-informed resources.

New Handout: Selecting Head Protection for Construction Work

Wearing protective headgear, such as a hardhat or helmet, is essential for reducing the risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in construction -- but with new styles coming out, it can be difficult to know which type of head protection is best for you and your crew(s). With the help of a diverse Expert Evaluation Panel on Construction Headgear, CPWR has developed a handout that explains the different styles and protection levels of headgear and describes key factors that should be considered when purchasing.

Four Data Dashboards Updated 

CPWR’s Data Center has updated four of its Data Dashboards: Fatality MapSevere Injury, Nanomaterials in Construction, and Women in Construction. All of the more than 30 dashboards -- which cover topics like injuries, hazards, exposures, and employment trends -- offer flexible charts to customize views and the opportunity to download the underlying data.



Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. ET (1 hour)

2024 Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents Webinar: Developing and Enforcing Internal Traffic Control Plans

The construction industry has high rate of struck-by incidents, many of which are caused by vehicles and heavy equipment both on and near the work site. For this year’s Stand-Down, CPWR and the NORA Construction Sector Council Struck-by Work Group are hosting a webinar focused on the importance of internal traffic control plans (ITCPs) and how planning ahead to coordinate the flow of construction vehicles, equipment, and workers operating in work zones can prevent crashes, injuries, and deaths. Learn the main principles of ITCPs and how to implement them from our panel of experts, including a contractor that utilizes ITCPs on their projects, an OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist with experience in supporting and enforcing ITCPs, an attorney who works with clients to find solutions in the face of fatality and other inspections, and a representative of the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America, which has been instrumental in the promotion of ITCPs within the industry. Following a short presentation, the panelists will spend time answering your ITCP-related questions, and we encourage you to submit a question or two during registration below.

Welcome: Bradley M. Sant, JD, CSP, ASP, Senior Vice President of Safety and Education, American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

Moderator: David Fosbroke, Research Statistician, Division of Safety Research, the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)


  • Mandy KustraSafety Director, Ajax Paving
  • Olja Correa, MBACompliance Assistance Specialist, Tampa Area Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Phillip RussellBoard Certified OSHA Attorney for Contractors, Ogletree Deakins
  • Travis ParsonsDirector of Occupational Safety & Health, Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America

Click here to register and submit questions in advance

Thursday, April 4, 8:00 a.m. ET (1 hour) 

Construction Falls: Resources and Insights from Surveillance Data

(Hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction)

Two CPWR staff members will discuss the latest Falls Campaign resources, the campaign website redesign, and how to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Additionally, new data on fatal and nonfatal falls in construction will be covered to address the most recent trends in the industry.


  • Rosa Greenberg, MPH, Research Analyst, Research to Practice (r2p), CPWR 
  • William Harris, MS, Research Analyst, Data Center, CPWR


Register here

Speaking Engagements

April 18, onlineNIOSH Future of Work Initiative Webinar Series

11:00 a.m. (ET) – “The Role of Technology in the Future of Work”

  • Scott Earnest, Associate Director for Construction Safety and Health, NIOSH
  • Gary Roth, Coordinator, Future of Work Initiative, NIOSH
  • Gavin West, Director of Health Research, CPWR

April 25, Washington, D.C. -- Workers Memorial Expo

12:50 p.m. (ET) -- Overview of CPWR Resources

  • Jessica Bunting, Director, Research to Practice, CPWR

CPWR in the News

CPWR report shows fatal falls increased from 2011 to 2022, National Roofing Contractors Association, 3/28/24

New resources to help you #StandDown4Safety, Safety+Health, 3/8/24

PPE A Critical Issue in Recruiting & Retaining Women in Our Crafts, OPCMIA Training Fund, 3/8/24

Career Opportunities

CPWR has an opening for:


Visit our Career Opportunities page for instructions on applying.

Partner News

New AIHA Ebook on Trends and Issues in Occupational Health and Safety 

The American Industrial Hygiene Association has just published “Essential Trends and Emerging Issues in OEHS,” which draws on presentations given at AIHce EXP in May 2023. A presentation by Gavin West, director of health research at CPWR, serves as the basis for Chapter 5,Hazard Communication for Nanomaterials in Construction.” Other chapters discuss workplace hazards associated with climate change, increasing rates of violence toward workers and within workplaces, hazards in the rare earth element mining industry, and workplace exposures to antineoplastic drugs. The full book can be ordered from the AIHA Bookstore.

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