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Issue 52, Feb 2016

Stand-Down to Stop Construction Falls: Summary Report   

In 2012, a coalition of government, labor and management representatives launched The Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction to address the top cause of construction industry fatalities. As part of this campaign, we promoted the first ever national stand-down to prevent falls in 2014. In 2015, we staged our second "stand-down," reaching an astonishing 2.5 million workers and raising awareness of the number one killer of construction workers on the job.

OSHA offered organizations a chance to report their Stand-Down activities in order to earn certificates of participation. Now CPWR has summarized the information submitted by participants in the 2014 and 2015 Stand-Down efforts in a new report. Highlights include:
  • A 35% increase in total workers reached in 2015
  • Over 20% of the 2015 Stand-Downs took place at non-construction companies, indicating increasing interest in fall prevention in general industry
  • Almost half of all Stand-Down events involved fewer than 25 workers, suggesting promising inroads among smaller, hard-to reach firms
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. "I expected that most of the employees might think of the training to be a waste of time," noted one participant. "I was pleasantly surprised that each worker had valuable input and appreciation for the training received."

The campaign hopes to see even greater participation this year. Join us February 16 for a webinar discussing last year's Stand-Down (see below), and mark your calendar to participate in the third annual Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction  May 2-6, 2016. For more information on how to participate and ideas for activities, visit www.stopconstructionfalls.com.

Pete Stafford
Executive Director

February 16th @ 2:00pm (ET), 60 min. -- Falls are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for 1/3 of on-the-job injuries and deaths in the industry. In 2012, CPWR, NIOSH, and OSHA together launched a national construction fall prevention campaign. This hour-long webinar will bring together leaders from all three organizations to showcase the past successes of the campaign and its major event, the National Safety Stand-Down, as well as to highlight plans for 2016. CLICK TO REGISTER 
Recently Published Journal Articles by CPWR Scholars

An analysis of permanent work disability among construction sheet metal workers. Gavin H. West, Jaime Dawson, Claire Teitelbaum, Rebecca Novello, Katherine Hunting, and Laura S. Welch. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, January 2016 (published online ahead of print)

Economic consequences of workplace injuries in the United States: Findings from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Xiuwen Sue Dong, Xuanwen Wang, Julie A. Largay, and Rosemary Sokas. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, February 2016.

If you've seen one construction worksite stretch and flex program ... you've seen one construction worksite stretch and flex program. Linda M. Goldenhar and Pete Stafford. Journal of Safety Research, December 2015. 





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