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In response to questions from those in the construction industry, CPWR provides current guidance on COVID-19.


Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 1:00pm Eastern: Fall Prevention & Protection in the Roofing Industry
Introduction by: Scott Ketcham, Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction
Panel Presenters:
Thomas Shanahan, CAE, VP Enterprise Risk Management and Executive Education, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
Harry Dietz, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, NRCA
Rich Trewyn, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, NRCA

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, but roofers are at an even greater risk of falling than those in other trades. In 2017, roofers experienced 35.9 deaths per 100,000 FTEs, more than 10 times the rate of all construction occupations combined.  The OSHA-NIOSH-CPWR National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls and the National Roofing Contractors Association are working to improve these numbers by increasing employer and worker awareness and understanding of fall hazards and how to address them.  The Safety Stand-Down has been postponed until later in the summer due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we should stop focusing on falls.  This hour-long webinar provides the perfect opportunity to learn from experts virtually about some of the specific considerations roofing contractors and workers need to take into account when planning, training, and executing fall prevention measures, as well as what to do in the event that a fall does occur on your jobsite. 

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If you missed CPWR’s previous fall-related webinar – a general Falls Q&A Panel with members of the ANSI Z359 committee – it can be viewed in full here. To join us in standing down to prevent falls May 4-8, visit!


Monday, April 20, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. E.T. (1 hour+): Virtual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents - Q&A Panel
Introduction by: G. Scott Earnest, Acting Director for the Office of Construction Safety and Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Panel Moderator: Brad Sant, Sr. Vice President, ARTBA
David Fosbroke, Statistician, NIOSH Division of Safety Research
Travis Parsons, Associate Director of Occupational Safety & Health, Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America
Jerral Wyer, (retired), Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Texas Department of Transportation
David Dostaler, Vice President of Safety, Kraemer North America, LLC

Struck-by incidents are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. In an effort to combat this, the NORA Construction Sector Council has undertaken a number of initiatives to improve awareness of work zone safety and ways to prevent struck-by incidents, including launching a National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-By Incidents and establishing an online source for information on the Stand-Down, as well as training materials, toolbox talks, and other resources that can be used for the Stand-Down and all year long. Join us during National Work Zone Awareness Week for this first National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents, which is being held virtually to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our panel of experts will answer your questions about struck-by hazards in work zones and provide practical information that stakeholders can use on their job sites to prevent incidents.

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[At registration, you will be prompted to submit a question on struck-by hazards in work zones. These questions will be used to guide the panel, but we will also take questions during the webinar itself.]

For a full list of past event recordings, visit our Informational Webinar Series page.




CPWR UPDATE (April 2020) Updated Coronavirus Guidance for Construction Workers and Employers

Access previous issues of the CPWR UPDATE.

       NEW CPWR Data BulletinReplacing the Quarterly Data Reports, and published more frequently -- six rather than four times annually, this new format was developed to provide more timely data and better service to our stakeholders. Read the inaugural issue

Prevent Struck-By Incidents

This new page collects resources to raise awareness about the risk of and ways to prevent struck-by incidents and fatalities in work zones. Included on that page are links to newly developed infographics -- available for free download as a PDF or JPG -- that share this information in visual form.


Opioid Resources

CPWR offers information about opioid deaths, prevention, and pain management alternatives, as well as a newly developed training program (currenty in beta testing). Learn more.


Annual Report

Our lastest Annual Report highlights the impact of our research, training and service programs and looks at the new research projects just starting.



The newest CPWR IMPACT card looks at the use of spray polyurethane foam in a health care setting.  View our full series of IMPACT cards to learn how CPWR research projects are improving workers', contractors', and other stakeholders' awareness of hazards.


Solvents Hazard Alert

This new Hazard Alert shares information on how to work safely with solvents, and is available in both English and Spanish.



•  Prevention through Design (PtD) to Make Solar-Ready Houses Safe for Solar Workers (January 2020)

  Embedded Safety Communication System for Robust Hazard Perception of Individuals in Work Zones (November 2019)






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