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Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 2:00pm EST: Nonstandard Work Arrangements in the U.S. Construction Industry
Presented by: Rebecca Jackson, MPH, Data Center Assistant Director at CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training

Temporary workers, day laborers, workers provided by contract firms, and contingent workers are all in nonstandard work arrangements and may be at a disproportionate risk for occupational illness and injury. This presentation will describe different forms of work arrangement in the construction industry and analyze demographic and employment differences between standard and nonstandard employment in construction.
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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 2:00pm EST: Safety Voice for Ergonomics – a Research to Practice Example in the Masonry Trade
Presented by: Dan Anton, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Eastern Washington University,
Jennifer Hess, Research Associate, University of Oregon,
Dave Wysocki, IMTEF North Central Regional Director, National Safety Director. Internal Facilitator, Masonry r2p Partnership

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) continue to plague the construction industry, and masonry workers are among the most affected.  Even though ergonomic solutions are the primary method for reducing MSDs, many workers – especially apprentices – have limited training on ergonomics and no training on appropriate strategies to respond to unsafe work environments.  The SAVE (Safety Voice for Ergonomics) is an interactive program that addresses these gaps by providing apprentices with training in applied ergonomic principles as well as soft skills for effective safety communication.   During this hour-long webinar including Q&A, you’ll hear about SAVE’s development, testing, and integration into existing masonry apprenticeship training from the project researchers as well as a representative of the Masonry r2p Partnership, a collaboration that has ensured its success.
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Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 1:00pm EST: What Happens After a Fall is Arrested?: Suspension Trauma and the Importance of Having a Rescue Plan
Presented by: 
Mike Kassman, Training Specialist, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research & Training
Chad Riddleberger, Captain and Technical Rescue Team Lead with Roanoke Fire-EMS, Adjunct Instructor with VA Department of Fire Programs, and Instructor with Spec Rescue International
Even when contractors and workers take steps to prevent them, falls can still occur. So what happens after a worker falls and is saved by their personal fall arrest system? Hanging in a harness too long can lead to orthostatic intolerance and suspension trauma, and there isn’t always time to wait for emergency services to respond. It’s critical that employers train and provide for fall rescue. Learn more from our experts about suspension trauma, rescue plans, solutions for self- and assisted-rescue, and the importance of training. This webinar will last between 1 and 1.5 hours including Q&A.
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For a full list of past event recordings, visit our Informational Webinar Series page.


This video – developed by the Roofing r2p Partnership (National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers & Allied Workers) – focuses on ladder safety during roofing work and shows how the free National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) ladder safety app can help.

    The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls is happening May 6th - 10th.  Will you be participating? Learn more and get materials at 
2019 marks the third year of OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs.  Learn more here.


2018 CPWR Highlights

Read about the many ways CPWR’s three primary divisions worked together to

protect the health and safety of America’s construction workers during the past year.



The Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT): A rubric-based approach to measuring construction safety climate (April 2019)
Development of a Workforce Sustainability Model for Construction  (January 2019)
PARS: Using Augmented Panoramas of Reality for Construction Safety Training  (January 2019)



Pilot-testing the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CATsc) for Small Hispanic Construction Firms (March 2019)
Contractor Use of Safety Best Practices (January 2019)
Development of a Workforce Sustainability Model for Construction (January 2019)
PARS: Using Augmented Panoramas of Reality for Construction Safety Training (January 2019)



See our new online resource and learn about the risks of working with nail guns and access training resources here.



 Deaths and Injuries Involving Elevators or Escalators in Construction and the General Population 



April 2019

Get Ready for the 2019 Fall Prevention Stand-Down

Foundations For Safety Leadership (FSL) 

Now available in Spanish!


Click HERE  for descriptions and links to more recently developed CPWR programs.


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