From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director
May 2023
New Data Bulletin Examines Women in Construction
While women make up a small portion of the construction workforce, they are a growing demographic in the industry, accounting in 2022 for 11% of all construction employment and 4% of blue-collar construction workers. The May 2023 issue of CPWR’s Data Bulletin examines employment, business owner, and injury trends for women in construction. It found that the number of women grew faster in construction than in all industries from 2021 to 2022 (4% vs 3%), while blue-collar construction workers grew almost three times faster than all blue-collar workers for the same period (19% vs 7%). The corresponding Women in Construction data dashboard has been updated to include the latest data.
Data Dashboards Look at Temporary Workers, Health Risk Factors, and Healthcare and Medical Expenditures 
CPWR’s Data Center has added two more Data Dashboards to its collection of more than two dozen of these interactive tools. The first new dashboard highlights temporary employment trends; the second examines the prevalence of health risk factors among construction workers. In addition, the Healthcare and Medical Expenditures dashboard was updated to include the latest data. 

This week: 10th Annual Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
We’re midway through the Stand-Down, but there’s still plenty of time to participate, and fall prevention is important all year long! Check out stopconstructionfalls.com for new resources, including a list of Stand-Down activity ideas, infographics in new languages such as Arabic and Portuguese, and resources on planning for fall prevention and rescue. If you missed our webinars leading up to the Stand-Down, Preventing Falls through Improved Design and Protección Contra Caídas y los Planes de Rescate, watch them on demand, along with other past webinars and videos. Also, don’t forget to get your Stand-Down Certificate of Participation from OSHA (available in English or Spanish).
Our Small Study Program supports promising new research initiatives on improving construction safety and health with funding up to $30,000. While we normally accept applications on a rolling basis, starting August 31 we will take a one-year pause from funding new studies. Because the review process can take a few months, new letters of intent must be submitted by May 31.

Participate in a Pilot Program on Preventing Struck-by Incidents
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 month’s webinar, Struck by Hazards, Barriers, and Opportunities in the Construction Industry, or by emailing Grace Barlet at CPWR. 
Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET (1 hour)
CPWR's Foundations for Safety Leadership for Residential Construction (FSL4Res)

  • Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Medical Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Anna Kinghorn, MS, Clinical Research Coordinator, Division of General Medical Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis

CPWR recently adapted our popular Foundations for Safety Leadership training program to create the Foundations for Safety Leadership for Residential Construction (FSL4Res). The FSL4Res is designed to meet the unique safety issues found in the residential construction sector, particularly fall hazards, which remain the sector’s major cause of workplace fatalities. The FSL4Res covers the same content as the FSL, including critical leadership skills for the job site. The main difference is that three new real-world scenarios have been added that illustrate how foremen and other frontline leaders can use the leadership skills to prevent fall hazards on site. Trainers can tailor the FSL4Res to different audiences and locations, including delivering it as either a single 2.5-hour session (like the original FSL) or as four 30-minute and one short booster session.

Speaking Engagements
May 15-18, Manchester, England -- Inhaled Particles and NanOEH Conference
May 16, 15:45 – “Particle Risk and Construction Materials”
  • Neeraj Shandilya, Research Scientist, Department of Risk Analysis for Products in Development (RAPID), Healthy Living Unit, TNO – “Safe-by-design advanced materials: A case study on paint formulation”
  • Aaron Erdley, Division of Field Studies and Engineering, NIOSH – “Toxicity Assessment of a Carbon Nanotube Embedded Concrete”
  • Wendel Wohlleben, Researcher, Material Physics, BASF -- “Fibre-aerogel-mats for façade insulation: How to guide SSbD development by screenings?”
  • Gavin West, Director, Nanomaterials Research, CPWR – “A task-based approach to nanomaterials exposure assessment in the construction trades”

May 22-24, Phoenix -- AIHce EXP 2023
May 23, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – “The Latest in Exposure Science and Hazard Communication for Engineered Nanomaterials in Construction”
  • Gavin West, Director, Nanomaterials Research, CPWR

May 24-26, Nashville -- NECA Professional Safety Conference
May 24, 1:45-3:00 p.m. -- “An applied tool to improve pre-task planning in construction”
  • Babak Memarian, Director, Exposure Control Technologies Research, CPWR

June 2, 8:55-10:15 a.m. -- “Preventing Falls in the Workplace”
  • Rosa Greenberg, Research Analyst, CPWR
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