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Data Tracking and Support Services

Xiuwen Sue Dong

Research Team: Xuanwen Wang, Rebecca Katz

The primary objective of the project is to acquire, analyze, interpret, and disseminate data, factors, and changes for the construction industry as well as provide statistics and consultation services to all construction stakeholders. Specifically, we propose to: track fatal and nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the construction industry and progress toward National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) National Construction Agenda goals; characterize the changing construction industry and its workforce, and identify high-risk worker groups and emerging safety and health priorities in construction. We will also assist the National Construction Council in evaluating NORA goal performance, and provide timely assistance and statistical consultations to all construction stakeholders. Moreover, we will collaborate with government data collection agencies to improve data accuracy and utilization for construction safety and health surveillance, including further investigating injury underreporting in construction.

To achieve these specific aims, we will analyze a multitude of large national datasets and Construction Databases that have been developed from our ongoing research efforts. We will also analyze safety management data collected by McGraw-Hill Construction. The major products of this project will include the redesigned Construction eChart Book, newly created Quarterly CPWR Data Reports, peer-reviewed journal papers, and other publications. All of our research findings will be made publicly available, primarily through our websites, and Our findings will be also disseminated through webinars, conference presentations, and responses to data requests. Lastly, with our partnership, the Construction Sector Council will be able to quantitatively evaluate the NORA goal performance and properly target or adjust future NORA goals.


Update – The Construction FACE Database:

The CPWR Data Center created the Construction FACE Database (CFD) by extracting data from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program reports. A total of 768 fatalities in construction reported by the FACE program between 1982 and 2015 were included in the CFD. The CFD contains information not captured in other data sources but available from FACE reports, such as employer safety management, training programs, use of engineering controls and personal protective equipment (PPE) on the jobsite, and recommendations for preventing similar incidents. 

A paper introducing this database appeared in the September 2017 edition of the Journal of Safety ResearchDong XS, Largay JA, Wang X, Cain CT, Romano N. The construction FACE database - Codifying the NIOSH FACE reports. J Safety Res. 2017 Sep;62:217-225.


The Construction FACE Database (CFD) and related documents can be found here.