From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

May 2024

Falls Stand-Down Begins Monday

The 11th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction takes place May 6-10. Part of the year-round Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, the Falls Stand-Down has provided information and free materials to hundreds of thousands of people across the industry over the past decade. This year, CPWR would like to thank our Premier Partners for helping to lead the way in Stand-Down participation and fall safety in the construction industry! Find resources from our organization and many others -- in English and Spanish -- on the newly redesigned StopConstructionFalls.com, including how to participate in the Stand-Down, how to plan ahead for fall prevention and rescue, and more.


New Data Bulletin Examines Trenching Injuries

In 2021 alone, 19 construction workers died while doing trenching or excavation work. During 2021 and 2022, 200 nonfatal trenching injuries were serious enough to force workers to take one or more days away from the job. The May 2024 issue of CPWR’s Data Bulletin, “Trenching Injuries, Citations, and Penalties in Construction,” examines fatal and nonfatal trenching injuries, as well as OSHA citations and penalties for violation of the federal trenching standard (OSHA CFR 1926 Subpart P). The construction industry accounted for 85% of fatal trenching injuries from 2011 to 2021 and 90% of nonfatal injuries from 2011 to 2022. From 2011 to 2023, approximately 3% of citations issued in construction were for violations of the federal trenching standard, with over half of these issued to companies in the Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (NAICS 237) subsector.


CPWR and NABTU to Launch Newsletter on Preventing Deaths from Suicide and Opioids

We will shortly launch a newsletter to help the construction industry prevent suicides and deaths from opioids. This quarterly newsletter will highlight free resources, effective programs, and important research that can help companies, unions, and others respond to these two topics, as well as to address other mental health issues. Subscribe now to receive the inaugural issue when we release it.  

Two New Toolbox Talks on Nanomaterials

With the addition of Tuckpointing: Nano-Enabled Mortar and Controlling Exposures to Ultrafine Particles, CPWR's collection of Toolbox Talks about nanomaterials now includes a dozen topics. Like all of our Toolbox Talks, the latest additions are free and available in English and Spanish.



Tuesday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET (1 hour)

Beyond Fall Prevention Planning: Being Prepared for Fall Rescue

Falls can occur in the blink of an eye, even when being careful and using proper fall prevention and protection methods. If a fall does occur and a worker is suspended in a harness for longer than a few minutes, a lack of circulation can lead to nausea, unconsciousness, suspension trauma, and even death. It’s critical to have a rescue plan that includes more than just calling 911 -- especially because of these time limitations.

As part of this year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, CPWR, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are hosting this virtual event devoted to educating employers and crew leaders on how rescue planning can save lives. Attendees will learn more about identifying a competent person to lead fall prevention and rescue planning, incorporating key components of a rescue plan into the pre-job planning process, and using FREE resources and templates to tailor your plans to each unique jobsite.


  • Scott Earnest, Ph.D., PE, CSP, Associate Director for Construction, Office of Construction Safety and Health, NIOSH
  • Timothy S. Irving, Deputy Director, Directorate of Construction, OSHA
  • Richard Trewyn, Co-chair, NORA Construction Sector Council Falls Work Group
  • Chris Trahan Cain, CIH, Executive Director, CPWR

Click here to register and submit a question in advance


miércoles, 8 de mayo a las 2 p.m. hora del este

Evento de la Campaña Nacional de Prevención de Caídas 2024

Las caídas son la principal causa de muerte relacionada con el trabajo en la construcción, pero no tiene por qué ser así. Todas las caídas se pueden prevenir. Inscríbase en el seminario web para la Campaña Nacional para Prevención contra Caídas 2024 para aprender sobre análisis de riesgos, mejores prácticas de prevención, efecto del peso en una caída y el síndrome del arnés. Participe junto a muchos otros trabajadores y trabajadoras de todo Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico. Una colaboración de OSHA, NIOSH, CPWR y OTIECs: la Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (OSHA) de Estados Unidos, el Instituto Nacional de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (NIOSH) de Estados Unidos, “The Center for Construction Research and Training” (CPWR), el Instituto de Educación Ambiental de la Universidad Ana G. Méndez en Puerto Rico / Atlantic OSHA Training Center (el AOTC es un OTIEC, Centro Educativo autorizado por el OSHA Training Institute), “Center for Public Health Workforce Development” de Rutgers University, la Asociación de Contratistas Generales (AGC) Capítulo de Puerto Rico y “Associated General Contractors of America” (AGC). Libre de costo. Espacios limitados. Habrá un tiempo para contestar preguntas de los asistentes.


pulse aquí para registrarse

Speaking Engagements

May 20-22, DenverNECA Safety Professionals Conference

5/22, 2:35 p.m. (MT) – “Pre-Task Planning and Post-Task Review: Tools and Resources”

  • Babak Memarian, Director of Exposure Control Technologies Research, CPWR

CPWR in the News

New video touts the benefits of a strong safety climate, Safety+Health, 4/19/24

NIOSH, Partners Lead Fifth Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-By Incidents, Occupational Safety+Health Online, 4/15/24

‘Workers end up paying the price’: laborers call for safer building sites, The Guardian, 4/23/24

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