CPWR is dedicated to reducing occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry. Through our research, training, and service programs, we serve the industry in cooperation with key federal and construction industry partners nationwide.
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During the WWII Manhattan Project, in the Cold War that followed, and in ongoing operations and environmental remediation, several hundred thousand construction workers worked on sites of the U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessors. Many of these workers faced excessive and uncontrolled exposures to ionizing radiation, airborne radioactive dusts, crystalline silica, and other health hazards. Ongoing medical surveillance serves both to aid these workers and to improve our understanding of occupational injury and disease in these operations.
CPWR staff participate in professional and technical committees in an effort to advance construction industry concerns and advance solutions and standards that consider construction industry challenges.
Our work has included participating in the following groups:
AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Dept., Apprenticeship and Training Committee
AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Dept., Safety and Health Committee
When workers or their families file EEOICPA compensation claims with the U.S. Department of Labor, DOE records may not verify their past employment on DOE sites. CPWR, in collaboration with union pension and health and welfare funds, is working with the U.S. Department of Labor to verify and document eligible employment for claims where DOE records prove inadequate.
CPWR collaborates with the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) to study the health hazards of the sheet metal industry. Laura Welch, MD, (CPWR) and Randall Krocka (SMOHIT) direct this initiative. More Information