From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

December 2023

Research That Improves Worker Safety and Health

CPWR’s research program continues to develop guidance and tools to keep construction workers safe on the job. The 13 current projects funded by NIOSH have already produced materials that strengthen pre-task planning, improve safety climate, build awareness about hazards such as falls and struck-by incidents, make manual materials handling safer, help workers using epoxy resin systems, reduce fall hazards in residential construction, lead to better safety data sheets for products containing nanomaterials, and highlight trends and data about the industry. Coming in the next year are materials on exoskeletons, mentorship for female workers, the OSHA 10-Hour, and more. All these materials are free and join hundreds of other proven resources to keep workers safer. 


New Materials to Support Women, Nonbinary, and Transgender Construction Workers

Because women, nonbinary, and transgender workers in construction face specific challenges, we continue to develop resources to respond. The newest are the Physicians’ Alert: Pregnant Construction Worker Safety and Health to support workers’ ability to remain on the job safely for as long as they wish during pregnancy and return safely after giving birth, and a collection of Work-Related Task Lists by Construction Occupation, which workers can share with their doctors so they understand what is involved in the job and recommend appropriate care, accommodations, or other considerations. These new offerings join existing materials such as our webpage of resources on women in the trades, a list of commercially available extended-size PPE, and a recent Data Bulletin and Data Dashboard on women in construction.

Two Data Dashboards Updated

Two of CPWR's more than 30 interactive Data Dashboards have been updated. Both the Severe Injuries Dashboard, which compiles information on injuries that result in amputations, in-patient hospitalizations, or losses of eyes, and the Fatality Map Dashboard now have data through June 2023.


Participate in a Pilot Program on Preventing Struck-by Incidents

CPWR is recruiting general and specialty contractors to participate in a pilot planning program to prevent struck-by incidents. Learn more about the free program and how to participate by watching the webinar from earlier this year, Struck by Hazards, Barriers, and Opportunities in the Construction Industry, or by emailing Grace Barlet at CPWR. 



The webinar series will resume next month. Until then, watch more than 100 previous webinars free and on-demand, including recent sessions on pre-task planning, suicide prevention, and trenching. 

CPWR in the News

Construction Nonfatal-Injury Illness Rate Dips, as Cases Rise Slightly, Engineering News-Record, 11/11/23

CPWR publishes tip sheets on preventing roofer falls, Safety+Health, 11/16/23

Large contractors, union shops better at anti-harassment training, Construction Dive, 11/8/23

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