Online Program

Data analysis and the role of r2p partnership in reducing construction falls

Monday, November 2, 2015

Jessica Bunting, MPH, Research to Practice (r2p), CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, MD
Chris Trahan, CIH, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, MD
background & objectives:
Falls are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for 1/3 of on-the-job injuries and deaths in the industry.  In 2012, OSHA, NIOSH, and CPWR together launched a national construction fall prevention campaign.  During the second year of the campaign, we promoted a national safety stand-down - a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies.  Qualitative and quantitative data analysis proved the 2014 stand-down was a resounding success and the campaign partners decided to hold another stand-down in the spring of 2015.

In 2014, OSHA established a website where companies could voluntarily obtain certificates of participation by providing data on stand-down activities. CPWR analyzed the data, generating patterns of participation by size, location, and type of construction.  The same methods will be used to analyze 2015 stand-down data.

Through the efforts of all campaign partners in 2014, the data documented that 770,193 individuals participated in stand-downs.  Data analysis on the 2015 stand-down will be available at the time of presentation.  I will present information gathered on the number of stand-down events and participants reached, activities reported, efforts by state and region, and feedback collected.

While the data presented includes only the information voluntarily provided to OSHA, many more companies and individuals participated. Even so, it demonstrates what can be accomplished through public/private partnerships in OSH campaigns.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Communication and informatics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the results of data analysis conducted on the 2014 and 2015 stand-downs to prevent falls in construction, including reach, demographic information, and descriptions of activities and events conducted. Compare the 2014 and 2015 stand-downs. Demonstrate the impact that a new r2p partnership between CPWR, OSHA, and NIOSH has had on efforts to prevent falls in construction.

Keyword(s): Partner Involvement, Occupational Health and Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the r2p associate at the Center for Research Construction and Training (CPWR) and have been a part of the r2p program since it’s initiation over 4 years ago. I have also been a part of the partnership between CPWR, OSHA, and NIOSH since its inception, with a role on the Falls Campaign subcommittee since 2014. I analyzed and synthesized the 2014 data and will do so for the 2015 data presented.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.