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Using Unmanned Aerial Systems for Automated Fall Hazard Monitoring in High-rise Construction Projects

One emerging technique for using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs)—often referred to as drones—to improve construction site safety applies image processing and computer vision methods to extract information from data the UASs capture with high-resolution cameras. Researchers have recently focused on developing techniques to automate operations such as 1) detecting job site hazards and safety-related issues and 2) conducting automated and semi-automated safety inspections.

Construction Safety & Health Research: A Social Network Analysis Primer

This primer provides information to help safety and health researchers decide if Social Network Analysis (SNA) is right for their research project and to introduce key steps for conducting their own SNA. Throughout the primer, information from the Falls Campaign SNA is used to ground the content in a real-life example.

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

Although solar-ready designs have become a new standard for residential houses in preparation for the installation of a roofing solar system, information regarding the safety of the workers while installing the solar panels has been insufficient. This study focuses on the development of a Prevention through Design (PtD) checklist and Building Information Modeling (BIM) models for new solar-ready houses with the aim of reducing or eliminating worker injuries.

Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2020

The new Safety Management in the Construction Industry SmartMarket Report from Dodge Data & Analytics, published with support from CPWR and Procore, finds that workers continue to be a critical part of construction jobsite safety programs, and new data shows that firms increasingly rely on the leadership of their supervisors to improve safety.

Summary Report: Research to Practice (r2p) In Construction: Science, Strategies & Partnerships to Advance Safety & Health, June 2015 – June 2019

This report includes a summary of discussions, information from related r2p initiatives, and examples of r2p pilot projects and new resources resulting from the r2p Seminars and Partnership Workshops held between June 2015 and June 2019.

Embedded Safety Communication System for Robust Hazard Perception of Individuals in Work Zones

This project developed an Embedded Safety Communication System to help workers in harsh construction environments sense hazards better than they do just through their innate abilities, such as vision and hearing.  Vibrating motors and sense of touch form the heart of this wearable system, and the study identified optimal spacing and configuration for motors embedded in the back of a waist belt worn by a worker.

Recent Trenching Fatalities: Causes and Ways to Reduce

Trenching is one of the most hazardous types of construction work.  An effort by OSHA in the early 2000s helped reduce the number of trench fatalities in construction from between 35 and 45 annually down to between 10 and 18 per year from 2011 to 2015.  In 2016, the number of trench fatalities rose to 33.

Moving research into practice to improve jobsite safety climate and safety outcomes: The Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) training program

This report describes how a research team used the CPWR r2p Roadmap to develop multiple outreach activities for a new construction-specific training intervention — the Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL). Activities were highly successful in reaching key audiences, with approximately 70,000 construction foremen, lead workers and others participating in the FSL training; there were also thousands of downloads of FSL training materials and additional audiences, and industry sectors have used or adapted the FSL for their purposes.

Ergonomic Back Injury Risk Factors in Construction Glass and Glazing Work

Construction glass and glazing (CGG) workers have high rates of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs). For this study, the researchers conducted interviews with CGG workers and worksite observations to identify problems leading to the higher rates of WRMSDs and to gather information about improvements that are needed to lower the risk for injury. CGG job tasks were classified in five categories, and ergonomic task-based estimates were done using the Posture, Activity, Tools, and Handling (PATH) method.

TRU-Net Noise Survey for Workers (Apprenticeship & Journey-level Trainees) Survey Results

This report details the CPWR worker noise survey that was conducted to learn about trainees’ awareness of noise hazards and hearing loss prevention practices, the types of related training provided, and barriers to use of controls and safer work practices.