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Report of the 1994 Regional Conferences on Ergonomics, Safety, and Health in Construction 1995 May; :1-93
A report of the Regional Conferences on Ergonomics, Safety, and Health in Construction held in four major cities was presented. The regional conferences were conducted in response to recommendations made at the 1993 National Conference. The occupational hazards, with the related costs of workers' compensation and liability insurance premiums and the indirect costs of reduced work crew, accident cleanup and overtime were cited as reasons for holding a conference specific to the construction industry. Other considerations specific to the construction industry cited were the dynamic employment conditions of the construction worker, resulting in high worker turnover. The goals of the conferences were stated as information exchange and formation of regional coalitions. Participants attended exhibitions of ergonomically designed tools and equipment previously displayed at the National Conference. Brief outlines of the chemical hazards of lead (7439921), silica (7631869) and solvents, lifting and back injuries, hazard communication, training and certification and workers' compensation cost containment were presented. The role of the owner in safety and health was discussed in terms of planning for safety, health follow ups, and regional coalitions. OSHA programs of consultation for small employers and new standards were included. The system for safety training of new employees of Broad, Vogt and Conant, Incorporated was presented. Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's perspective of safety goals was outlined. Guidelines on regional coalition membership and function were discussed. The overall recommendations of the 1993 National conference were provided. Also included were lists of the cosponsors, schedules, exhibitors and participants of each regional conference. Construction safety was concluded to be a continuous process requiring input from all involved and that accident and injury prevention must be stressed.
NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Back-injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-programs
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Report of the 1994 Regional Conferences on Ergonomics, Safety, and Health in Construction
Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC
Page last reviewed: June 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division