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CPWR, NIOSH Create New FACE Report Database

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SILVER SPRING, MD -- The Center for Construction Research and Training and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have created a new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NIOSH FACE) program to investigate selected work-related fatalities, collecting information not captured in other data sources.

Other data sources including safety management and training programs, use of engineering controls and personal protective equipment on the jobsite, and recommendations for preventing similar incidents.

CPWR researchers took all of the 768 fatality cases in construction investigated and reported between 1982 and 2015, and coded the narratives into a searchable database. Working with NIOSH, CPWR recently published two papers describing the database and our analysis of fall fatalities contained therein. We found:

•           One in five of the construction worker fatalities described in the reports occurred during the worker's first two months on the job.
•           NIOSH recommended safety training in 75 percent of the reports.
•           NIOSH recommended installing protective equipment in 43 percent of the reports.
•           NIOSH recommended performing a job safety/hazard analysis in 40 percent of the reports.
•           Forty-two percent of the deaths were attributed to falls, and that more than half the workers who died in falls lacked access to personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).

The FACE database is available through the CPWR website.











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