From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

February 2024

5th Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents Coming in April

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2024 will take place April 15-19, including the NORA Construction Sector Council’s fifth annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on struck-by hazards and reinforcing the importance of training and prevention. Learn how to participate in the event and about this hazard -- including resources to make workers safer -- on our Struck-by Hazards webpage

Also, 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 last year’s webinar, Struck by Hazards, Barriers, and Opportunities in the Construction Industry, or by emailing Grace Barlet at CPWR.


New Electrical Task Analysis Documents Respond to Hazards and Production Challenges

CPWR has just released documents that address safety and health hazards, as well as production challenges, for multiple electrical tasks. Developed from onsite observations and interviews with electrical workers and industry practitioners, these documents can be used for pre-task planning, hazard analysis, and training. These tasks cover Conduit Installation, Wire Pulling, and Termination; Grounding; Busway and Cable Tray Installation; Access Card Reader Installation, Fire Alarm Component Installation, and Lighting Circuit Installation; Electrical Material Handling; and Electrical Demolition.

Data Dashboards Focused on OSHA Citations Updated

CPWR's Data Center has updated two more of its Data Dashboards: OSHA Citations for Chemical Exposures in Construction and OSHA Inspections and Citations in Construction. Like all of the more than 30 interactive Data Dashboards, these two offer flexible charts to customize views and the opportunity to download the underlying data. 


Save the Date for This Year’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 guidance and free materials to hundreds of thousands of people across the industry over the past decade. Watch for updates on how to sign up and order hardhat stickers, Hazard Alert Cards, and more.

2023 Annual Report Available Now

CPWR has just released the 2023 edition of Highlights, our annual report. It captures CPWR’s work over the past year, in collaboration with workers, unions, contractors, researchers, government officials, and medical experts, to improve the safety and health of people across the construction industry. Through our research, training, and service programs, CPWR addressed ongoing and emerging issues, including falls, mental health, safety culture, struck-by incidents, and technology such as exoskeletons and nanomaterials.


Assessment of Construction Workers’ Mental Health to Improve Wellbeing. Mohammed S. Hashem M. Mehany, Gwenith G. Fisher, Matt Thiese, Shantanu Kumar. CPWR Small Study, January 2024. Read the Key Finding and the full report.



Thursday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Research & Resources for Construction Workers at Disproportionate Risk

Hosted by Occupational Health & Safety

Two CPWR staff members will present key findings and resources for at-risk construction workers during this webinar. Data Center Director Amber Trueblood will review recent employment and other trends, highlighting information on language barriers, aging workers, Hispanic workers, and women in construction. Jessica Bunting, Research to Practice (r2p) director, will describe free CPWR resources that address safety and health hazards disproportionately affecting these populations, including contractor planning resources, training materials, and guidance for workers.



  • Amber Trueblood, DrPH, Director, Data Center, CPWR
  • Jessica Bunting, MPH, Director, Research to Practice, CPWR

Click here to register

CPWR's 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. 

Speaking Engagements

February 26-29, Kansas City, MO – 3rd Annual Construction Working Minds Summit

February 29, 1:00 p.m. (CT) -- Keynote Address

  • Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director, CPWR


March 6, online -- Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Education OccHealthSci Seminar Series

Noon (PT) -- Resources To Strengthen Construction Industry Safety Climate, Safety Leadership, And Safety Management

  • Linda Goldenhar, Consultant, CPWR

CPWR in the News

Prevention Through Design to Address Continuing Construction Workplace Deaths and Injuries, NIOSH Science Blog, 2/5/24

Safety in Construction: January is Safety in Construction Month, Highways Today, 1/1/24

Supporting pregnant construction workers: Advice for physicians, Safety+Health, 1/5/24

Career Opportunities

CPWR has an opening for:


Visit our Career Opportunities page for instructions on applying.

Partner News

Nominations Open for the 2024 Prevention through Design Award

The NIOSH Prevention Through Design (PtD) award recognizes individuals, teams, businesses, and other organizations that have eliminated or reduced hazards through design or re-design efforts or have contributed to the body of knowledge that enables PtD solutions. NIOSH presents the award in partnership with the AIHA, ASSP, and NSC. Nominations for the 2024 Award are now being accepted and are due March 1. To learn how to submit a nomination, visit the PtD Award websiteAIHA will host the 2024 PtD Award ceremony at AIHA Connect in Columbus, Ohio, May 20-22.

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