May 2018
From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director

The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Begins Today!
Today marks the start of the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Falls are the number one killer of construction workers on the job, and in 2016, claimed the lives of 388 workers from across the United States. 
This is why CPWR, NIOSH and OSHA came together to launch the Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction in 2012 and added its flagship event, the National Safety Stand-Down, in 2014. Across the country, work will pause for toolbox talks about fall hazards, equipment inspections and safety audits, and other fall prevention activities. I know many of you are planning a stand-down, because we have sent you shipments with hundreds of thousands of Hardhat stickers and Hazard Alert cards for your events. Thousands of you have visited www.stopconstructionfalls.com to download campaign materials.

If you haven't planned your Stand-Down, it's not too late! Schedule a fall prevention event at your training center, company, or jobsite. It's easy: download some scripted toolbox talks and handouts that are appropriate to your trade, huddle with your team to reflect on the interactive Fall Fatality map, or review the campaign's Five-Day plan for other possible activities. And when you're done, don't forget to visit OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down page to report on your event and earn a certificate of participation.

Please join the fight to stop falls and Stand-Down! 
Construction Personal Protective Equipment for the Female Workforce

One of the challenges facing women in the construction industry is finding personal protective equipment (PPE) that fits properly. We've compiled a list of commercially available PPE to help employers and women in the trades find protective equipment designed to fit women. CLICK HERE to view the list of protective equipment for women.

Why Isn't Work Zone Intrusion Alert Technology Found at More Work Zones? 

Highway construction is commonly associated with high rates of worker injuries. Work Zone Intrusion Alert Technology (WZIAT) that warns workers when a speeding vehicle is encroaching on a work zone could help save lives - yet its adoption by heavy/highway contractors has been limited. Why? A CPWR-supported research team looked at the economics of WZIAT deployment and the human factors that help or hinder its diffusion in the industry. Visit CPWR's website to read a one-page summary of their key findings - or the full  CPWR Report, Reducing Highway Construction Fatalities through Improved Adoption of Safety Technologies.
Thursday, May 24 @ 2pm ET (30 min)New Construction Safety & Health Network. There are many individuals and organizations concerned about improving safety and health in the construction industry, and each one has a network of individuals and organizations they are able to reach. But given the decentralized nature of the construction industry, when we only operate within our own networks, opportunities to share valuable information and collaborate are lost. CPWR's new online Construction Safety and Health Network was developed make it easier for you to learn about and share research findings and solutions with individuals in your own network, as well as to connect with those in other networks on safety and health topics of mutual interest. Join r2p Program Associate Jessica Bunting to learn more about the Network and the process that led to its creation. CLICK TO REGISTER 
Recent CPWR Studies
The Effect of Workforce Mobility on Intervention Effectiveness Estimates. Justin Manjourides, Emily Sparer, Cassandra Okechukwu, and Jack Dennerlein, 2018. Annals of Work Exposures and Health
CPWR in the News

Fifth Stand-Down on Preventing Construction Falls Set for May 7-11. OH&S

Building Trades National Medical Screening Program (BTMed) Helps Save Lives of Construction Workers. BAC Journal

Industry Organizations Partner to Offer Pipeline Safety. Construction Equipment Guide

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