April 2019
From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

Get Ready to Stand Down
to Prevent Falls in Construction

What will you do this year to prevent falls on your job sites? The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction and Safety Stand-Downnow in its sixth year, were launched by CPWR, OSHA, and NIOSH to focus the industry's attention on eliminating fall hazards.

Progress is being made. Participants in past Stand-Downs report that they have benefited from access to new training resources and seen improved fall prevention activities on their jobsites. The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed fewer fatalities from falls to a lower level in 2017. Unfortunately, falls continue to be the number one cause of construction workplace fatalities, claiming the lives of hundreds of construction workers each year.

You can participate in the May 6th - 10th Stand-Down by pausing work to train workers, conduct safety audits, hold equipment demonstrations, and engage in other activities to promote fall hazard awareness and prevention.

Will you join this Campaign to save lives and prevent injuries?

Everything you need to plan your Stand-Down event is just a click away. Make plans to hold your own Stand-Down by visiting our new One-Stop Stand-Down Shop on stopconstructionfalls.com. You'll find links to jobsite posters and infographics, scripted toolbox talks, handouts, activity suggestions, a new generic written fall protection plan, a new ladder safety video, and more.

For additional background on the Campaign and ideas for participating in the Stand-Down, watch our CPWR-NIOSH-OSHA webinar, and don't forget to order hardhat stickers and Hazard Alert pocket cards soon through our online order form.

New Video Showcases Safe Ladder Practices & the NIOSH Ladder App
Our Roofing r2p Partnership (National Roofing Contractors Association and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers) developed a new short video that walks you through safe ladder practices and how to use the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's free ladder safety app. While developed with the roofing industry in mind, the lessons and tips in this video can benefit anyone who uses a ladder. Take a few minutes to watch the video and learn about safe ladder practices.

Bending Rebar: Solution to Reduce the Risk for Injury
A powered rebar bender is a portable workstation that workers can use on the job to bend rebar. Use of this engineering control can help reduce stressful hand and wrist activity and stooped postures typically associated with this work. To find this and other solutions for jobsite hazards visit Construction Solutions.

New Findings on Contractor Use of Safety Best Practices
A new report from CPWR and Dodge Data & Analytics, "Contractor Use of Best Safety Practices," summarizes the results of two recent surveys that explored topics such as how frequently contractors engage in selected safety practices, differences between large, small and medium sized contractors, and use of Lean construction.  In the case of Lean construction, the report found that familiarity with the concept has grown considerably.  In 2013, when contractors were first surveyed about this concept only 52% said they were familiar with Lean construction compared to 71% today.  As shown in the following chart, this report also found that contractors with high Lean familiarity are more likely to recognize the important connection between supervisor and foreman leadership skills and enhanced safety. 

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 2:00pm ET (1 hour): Nonstandard Work Arrangements in the U.S. Construction Industry. Temporary workers, day laborers, workers provided by contract firms, and contingent workers are all in nonstandard work arrangements and may be at a disproportionate risk for occupational illness and injury. Hear from our Data Center's Assistant Director, Rebecca Jackson, about different forms of work arrangement in the construction industry and an analysis of demographic and employment differences between standard and nonstandard employment in construction. Register Here.

Tuesday, May 14, 11-noon Pacific/2-3 Eastern: Working safely with natural and engineered stone products: Controlling worker exposure to silica dust during countertop manufacturing, finishing, and installation. If your countertop fabrication company is cutting, grinding, sanding, or installing stone products, you need to know about the dangers of silica dust and how you can protect workers from severe and fatal lung disease. This free webinar is hosted by the NIOSH NORA Respiratory Health Cross-Sector Council, OSHA, the California Department of Public Health's Occupational Health Branch, CPWR, and the Natural Stone Institute. 
Register Here.

Did you miss our last webinar Assessment and control of exposures to ISOCYANATES in industrial coating applications? Click here to view it on on-demand. For access to a complete list of past webinars and access to recordings, click here.
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