NORA Construction Council


The NORA Construction Sector Council meets twice a year. Work groups meet more frequently during the year, usually by teleconference.

May 29-30, 2019 in Washington, DC

Wednesday, May 29       8:30 am-4:00 pm

  • Welcome and Overview
    Scott Earnest, NIOSH
  • National Construction Center Update
    Chris Trahan Cane/ Richard Rinehart, CPWR
  • Mast climbers and boom lift simulator
    Bryan Wimer, NIOSH
  • Focus Four for Health
    Matt Gillen, Consultant
  • Dropped Objects Standard ANSI/ISEA-121-2018
    Cristine Fargo, International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)
  • Contractor Safety
    Kevin Cannon, Associated General Contractors (AGC)
  • Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) highlights
    Nancy Romano, NIOSH
  • Prevention through Design (PtD) and construction
    Mike Behm, East Carolina University
  • RAND Studies
    Tim Bushnell, NIOSH
  • Workgroup – Breakouts (3 rooms)
  • NIOSH Update
    Scott Earnest and Elizabeth Garza, NIOSH
  • Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP)
    Ryan LeBouf, NIOSH
  • Wrap-up and Adjourn
    Chris Trahan Cain, CPWR

Thursday, May 30             8:30 – 11:45 am

  • Welcome
    Chris Trahan Cain, CPWR
  • OSHA update
    Scott Ketcham, OSHA
  • Falls Workgroup Update
    Tom Shanahan, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
  • Struck-By Workgroup Update
    Mike Mills, NIOSH
  • Work Organization Workgroup Update
    Chris Trahan Cain, CPWR and Alberto Cabán-Martinez, University of Miami
  • Virtual Safety Consultant
    Amanda Terminello and Garrett Burnett, NIOSH
  • Wrap Up and Adjourn
    Scott Earnest and Chris Trahan Cain

March 14-15, 2018 in Washington, DC

March 14, 2018                 8:30 am – 4:30 pm ET

  • Welcome and Overview
    Christine Branche, Co-Chair
  • Review and Completion of NORA Third Decade Objectives and Justifications for Research in Construction Safety and Health for the Nation
    Elizabeth Garza, NIOSH
  • Planning for the Decade Ahead
    Chris Trahan Cain and Christine Branche, Co-chairs
  • Evaluation of the Construction Safety and Health Program, NIOSH
    Scott Earnest, NIOSH
  • National Construction Center
    Chris Trahan Cain and Eileen Betit, CPWR
  • Presentations
    • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) in Construction Falls – Update
      Chris Pan, NIOSH (DSR)
    • Injuries Associated with Mast Climbers – Update
      Chris Pan, NIOSH (DSR)
    • ANSI/ASSE Technical Report (TR-A10.2-2017) Prevention through (PtD) – A Life Cycle Approach to Safety and Health in the Construction Industry, Construction & Demolition Standards (A10) – Design
      Mike McCullion, SMACNA
    • FACE Highlights
      Nancy Romano, NIOSH (DSR)
    • NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program Overvie
      Doug Trout, NIOSH (DSHEFS)
    • U.S. Air Force Occupational Fall Prevention Activities
      Christina Socias-Morales, NIOSH (DSR)
    • NIOSH Center for Occupational Robotics Research
      Scott Earnest, NIOSH

March 15, 2018                8:30-11:30 am ET

  • Directorate of Construction, OSHA
    Scott Ketcham, OSHA
  • 2018 Construction Falls Prevention Campaign and Stand-Down
    Chris Trahan Cain, Elizabeth Garza, Eileen Betit
  • NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health
    Scott Earnest, Elizabeth Garza, Christine Branche
  • Planning for the Decade Ahead (continued)
    Chris Trahan Cain, Christine Branche

June 15, 2018                    8:30 am – 3:45 pm in Washington, DC

  • Welcome and Overview
    Christine Branche, Co-Chair
  • Aims of the day: Planning for our work as a Sector Council
    Chris Trahan Cain and Christine Branche, Co-chairs, All
  • Dotmocracy to select the top 5-6 potential top priorities
  • Small group discussions
  • 2018 National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction and National Safety Stand-Down and Social Network Analysis
    Eileen Betit, CPWR; Elizabeth Garza, NIOSH
  • Small group discussions continue (or switch groups)
  • Reports from small group discussions
  • Wrap Up and Adjourn
    Chris Trahan Cain

November 7-8, 2018 in Washington, DC 

Wednesday, November 7         8:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • Welcome and Overview
    Scott Earnest, NIOSH
  • NORA 3rd Decade Evaluation and New Year in Review Report
    Chris Cain, CPWR
  • Struck by Workgroup Update
    Mike Mills, Liberty Mutual
  • Work Organization Workgroup Update
    Chris Cain and Alberto CM
  • Opioid-related Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts by Industry & Occupation, 2011-2015
    Michael Fiore, Mass Dept Public Health
  • Reaching Small home builders
    Rob Matuga, NAHB
  • FACE highlights
    Nancy Romano, NIOSH
  • Exoskeletons & Other Emerging Issues
    Chris Pan, NIOSH
  • Engaging Small Residential Construction Contractors
    Luz Marin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • OSHA Construction Activities
    Eric Kampert, OSHA
  • CPWR Exposure Control Database
    Babak Memarian and Sara Brooks, CPWR
  • Construction Noise research
    Bryan Beamer, NIOSH
  • Wrap-up and Adjourn
    Chris Cain

Thursday, November 8                  8:30 am – 11:45 pm

  • Welcome
    Chris Cain
  • National Construction Center
    Rick Rinehart, CPWR
  • Falls Workgroup Update
    Tom Shanahan, NRCA
  • NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health
    Earnest and Garza, NIOSH
  • Roofing MSD Project
    Scott Breloff, NIOSH
  • Aerosols and construction
    Pramod Kulkarni, NIOSH
  • Wrap Up and Adjourn
    Scott Earnest and Chris Cain

January 31, 2017              1:00-2:30 pm ET (virtual meeting)

  • Other potential objectives
  • Workgroups
    • Falls to a lower level
    • Struck by, caught in/between
    • Electrical
    • Hearing loss
    • Respiratory, dermal and ingestion
    • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
    • Extreme temperatures
    • Work organization
    • Workers at disproportionate risk
    • Prevention through design (PtD)
    • Emerging issues
    • Small business
    • Tobacco
    • Research to practice (r2p)
    • Workforce development
  • Questions to consider
  • NORA objectives overview

November 13, 2017        2:00-4:30 pm ET (virtual meeting)

Held conjunction with the Traumatic Injury Prevention Council

  • Welcome and Introduction of Presenters
    Christine Branche, Co-Chair, NORA Construction Council
    Joel Haight, Co-Chair, NORA Traumatic Injury Prevention (TIP) Council
  • Presentation of “Precursor Analysis: A Systematic Method for Predicting and Preventing Fatal and Disabling Injuries”
    Matthew Hallowell, PhD; Professor of Construction Engineering; Univ of Colorado at Boulder
    John Gambatese, PhD, PE-CA; Professor, School of Civil and Construction Eng; Oregon State Univ
  • Video of a “Field Safety Engagement” and participant exercise and discussion
    Moderated by Matthew Hallowell and John Gambatese
  • Group Discussion
    Moderated by Cammie Chaumont Menéndez, Asst. Coordinator, TIP Council
  • Council Business
    Christine Schuler, Coordinator, TIP Council
    Scott Earnest, Coordinator, Construction Council
    • TIP: NORA agenda, 2018 National Occupational Research Injury Symposium (NOIRS), Center for Occupational Robotics Center, next meeting
    • Construction: NORA agenda, program evaluation, collaborations, science blog, next meeting

October 18, 2016              1:00-2:00 pm ET (virtual meeting)

  • Reminder about the task
  • Has each work group met?
    • What issues are being covered?
    • Are there questions about possible overlaps in topics (i.e., is the topic of one work group potentially bleeding into that of another?)?
    • Are there enough people on the work groups?
    • Are work groups finding enough evidence to support their needs?
  • Progress reports from selected work groups
    • Musculoskeletal Disorders – Scott Schneider
    • Struck by – Michael Fiore (on behalf of Don Tolbert)
  • Has anyone included ad hoc members to work groups?
  • Expectations for the November 15-16 meeting in Washington, DC
  • Next steps

Page last reviewed: April 12, 2017