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Issue 27, January 2014 


NIOSH Fatality Reports Brought to Life 


FACE Reports - a product of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - are an often overlooked treasure. Every NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) report provides exacting details of the conditions and series of events that led to a deadly incident and concludes with "recommendations for preventing similar deaths."  


That's why CPWR used information collected by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to create three short training videos, each based on the true story of a fatal construction incident. These two or three minute videos begin by describing the work being performed, the background of the crew and the worksite conditions, and then let the decisions made unfold to show, sadly, why "this death could have been prevented." 


"Look Up and Live" vividly illustrates how an aluminum ladder plus power lines can be a deadly combination. "No New Year" tells the tragic story of a New Year's Eve trench collapse. "A Simple Task" describes how a worker washing windows during final clean-up of a new condominium fell from a ladder. Each video delivers the basics of each story, plus relevant statistics, and images of work practices and equipment to make work safer.


The videos are posted on our new CPWR YouTube channel. Each posting has text with links to the appropriate Toolbox Talk, handout, and even the original NIOSH FACE Report, making for a complete training package. As the videos make clear, "these deaths could have been prevented." So as this new year begins, let's recommit ourselves to using (and sharing) information and materials that can make U.S. construction sites safer for those doing the work.


We wish you the best in 2014. 



Pete Stafford

Executive Director    


Recently Published Journal Articles by CPWR Scholars



Doing it old school: Peer-led safety and health training in the U.S. construction industry. Sinyai C, Stafford P, and Trahan C. McGill Journal of Education, Dec 2013


Correlation between safety climate and contractor safety assessment programs in construction. Sparer E, Murphy L, Taylor K, and Dennerlein J. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, published online Sept 2013 (print edition forthcoming)


Development of a program logic model and evaluation plan for a participatory ergonomics intervention in construction. Jaegers L, Dale AM, Weaver N, Buchholz B, Welch L, and Evanoff B. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, published online Sept 2013 (print edition forthcoming)


Beryllium disease among construction trade workers at department of energy nuclear sites. Welch L, Ringen K, Dement J, Bingham E, Quinn P, Shorter J, Fisher M.  American Journal of Industrial Medicine, published online June 2013 (print edition forthcoming)







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CPWR -- The Center for Construction Research and Training is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Working with partners like you in business, labor, government, and the universities, we strive every day to make work safer for the 9 million men and women who work in the U.S. construction industry!