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April 2015

Stand up for Those Who Have Fallen:
Stand Down in May 

Every year on April 28, we gather to pay respects to our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on the job -- and to fight for safe workplaces for all workers. The observance is known as Workers' Memorial Day, because just as we owe a debt we can never repay to the men and women who died defending our nation and our freedom, we owe a similar debt to those who died while laboring to create the prosperity we enjoy as Americans.


Falls are by far the leading killer of construction workers on the job. Falls from height have claimed more than 3,500 lives in the past decade. That's why I am asking everyone I know in the construction industry to join OSHA, NIOSH, and CPWR starting May 4 in a nationwide "Safety Stand-Down" on our nation's construction sites.


Between May 4 and May 15, contractors, unions, and government agencies across the nation will direct attention to this killer that claims the life of a construction worker somewhere in America nearly every working day. Will you join us?


The Campaign to Stop Construction Falls has provided a resource page full of ideas how to take part: toolbox talks, streaming videos, handouts and apps - and even a 10-day plan of suggested activities. This Workers' Memorial Day, make a pledge to do your part to help stop construction falls.


Pete Stafford

Executive Director    


Recently Published Journal Articles by CPWR Scholars



Musculoskeletal concerns do not justify failure to use safer sequential trigger to prevent acute nail gun injuries. Hester Lipscomb, James Nolan and Dennis Patterson.  American Journal of Industrial Medicine, April 2015.

Mortality among sheet metal workers participating in a respiratory screening program. Laura Welch, John Dement, and Gavin West. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, April 2015.

Long-term health outcomes of work-related injuries among construction workers -- Findings from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Xiuwen Sue Dong, Xuanwen Wang, Julie Largay, and Rosemary Sokas . American Journal of Industrial Medicine, March 2015.

Mortality of older construction and craft workers employed at DOE nuclear sites: Follow-up through 2011. Knut Ringen, John Dement, Laura Welch, Eula Bingham, Patricia Quinn, Anna Chen and Scott Haas. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, February 2015.





CPWR -- The Center for Construction Research and Training is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Working with partners like you in business, labor, government, and the universities, we strive every day to make work safer for the 9 million men and women who work in the U.S. construction industry!