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

Mark Your Calendar! 2019 Trench Safety Stand Down June 17-21, 2019 

OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation is intended to "identify and to reduce hazards which are causing or likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities during trenching and excavation operations... [b]ecause of the continuing incidence of trench/excavation collapses and accompanying loss of life..." In support of this OSHA priority and this month's Trench Safety Stand Down, we've dedicated a section of our website to Trench Safety. This online resource includes ready access to materials that can be used on the job site or in a training program to raise awareness of trench hazards and how to prevent an injury or worse, and includes a message from Secretary Acosta on 5 Things You Should Know to Stay Safe in a Trench.
If you work in or around trench and excavation work, we encourage you to pause work and join this month's Trench Stand Down.

Keep the Focus on Safety All Month Long:
June is National Safety Month

CPWR is partnering with the National Safety Council (NSC) to observe this year's National Safety Month (NSM). This annual effort, which was started by NSC in 1996, focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in homes and communities. NSM is especially important for workers in the construction industry who face risks on the way to and from work, and are at a higher risk for a fatal injury than workers in other industries. We encourage everyone to engage National Safety Month activities to improve your safety and the lives of those you care about. You can find free resources to use for NSM activities - including posters, tip sheets and other items - by clicking here.  There is a different focus each week: week 1 is hazard recognition; week 2 is fall prevention; week 3 is fatigue; and week 4 is impairment. 
How Did You Support the 2019 Falls Safety Stand-Down?
Don't forget to get your certificate and share your story

Success stories from this year's Falls Safety Stand-Down are beginning to come in along with requests for OSHA's Certificates of Participation. OSHA has extended the deadline for receiving certificates until the end of June. Don't delay -- click here to receive a certificate and share your Stand Down story.

Resources for Safe and Productive Materials Handling:
New Tools from CPWR's Best Built Plans

Contractors are telling us what they need to engage in safe materials handling practices and prevent sprain, strain and other soft tissue injuries.  That's why we've added two new resources to our Best Built Plans Toolkit:
  • The BBP Program, including all materials handling planning, training and coaching resources, is now available as a free phone, iPad or Tablet app through: Apple; Google; and Amazon.

  • The Planning Tool resources are now available online in Spanish
Resources to Prevent Nail Gun Injuries Now in Spanish
Nail guns are an essential tool on many job sites, but each year serious injuries happen. Most nail gun injuries are puncture wounds to hands and fingers, however, some have been fatal. It's not just the nail gun users who are at risk. Workers and others nearby have also been injured by misfired nails. These injuries can be prevented. It only takes a few minutes to prevent these injuries by using a safer sequential trigger option. The Nail Gun Safety section of our website contains information on the research and resources to prevent nail gun injuries. This information is now available in Spanish.

New Video: A Comparison of Two Concrete Drilling Methods to Control Concrete Dust, Vibration & Noise
Available in English and Spanish, this video compares the performance of pneumatic and electric drills during concrete drilling, and the different levels of dust, vibration and noise generated during the work.

Contractor Receives Safety Award for Use of Research Innovation:
ErgoMek Drill Boss
In April, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (APSC) received the Alaska Governor's Innovation in Safety Award, in recognition of their use of the ErgoMek Drill Boss to protect the health and safety of their workforce. Alyeska used the ErgoMek, developed through research conducted by CPWR consortium researchers Alan Barr and David Rempel, on its "Z716: The Valdez Marine Terminal below Ground Piping Integrity Assessment" project.  

This project spanned three construction seasons, and involved structural concrete foundation installations and retrofit work. Use of the ErgoMek reduced the risks associated with using repetitive concrete drilling activities, including muscle strain, vibration, and exposure to silica dust.


New Study Finds Early Months of Employment Critical in Terms of Safety
The CPWR small study researchers analyzed 9,000 workers' compensation claims from the state of Tennessee to compare the characteristics of early tenure (i.e., less than or equal to 1 year with an employer) construction injuries with all construction injuries. They found that firm size played a significant role in the incidence of injury, and that about two-thirds of all first year injuries were sustained in the first six months of employment. Click here to read the Key Findings  and click here to access the full report,The Role of Employee Tenure in Construction Injuries: The Tennessee Case.
Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 1:00pm EST (1 hour+): What Happens After a Fall is Arrested? Suspension Trauma and the Importance of Having a Rescue Plan
What happens after a worker falls and is saved by their personal fall arrest system? Hanging in a harness too long can lead to orthostatic intolerance and suspension trauma. Since there isn't always time to wait for emergency services to respond, it's critical for employers to train their employees and provide for fall rescue. Join this webinar to learn more about suspension trauma, rescue plans, solutions for self- and assisted-rescue, and the importance of training. During this 60 to 90 minute webinar, including Q&As, you'll hear from Mike Kassman, CPWR Training Specialist, and Chad Riddleberger, Captain and Technical Rescue Team Lead with Roanoke Fire-EMS, Adjunct Instructor with VA Department of Fire Programs, and Instructor with Spec Rescue International. Click to register.

Did you miss our last webinar?  For access to a complete list of past webinars and access to recordings, click here.
CPWR in the News
Two versions of a hard hat for the future are ready for production. May 24, 2019, Building Design & Construction.
Keeping Your Workers Safe in Construction. 2019, WorkPlace Material Handling Safety.

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