NORA Construction Sector Council Workgroups
The NORA Construction Sector Council has four workgroups, focused on COVID-19, preventing falls, preventing struck-by injuries/fatalities, and work organization.
In May 2020, the NORA Construction Sector Council launched this new workgroup. This workgroup is meeting weekly to discuss challenges and share best practices/solutions/innovative approaches related to COVID-19 and the construction industry. This new workgroup is working to identify materials that should be included in populating the National Construction Center (NCC) COVID-19 Construction Clearinghouse.external icon The workgroup also comes together to develop educational webinars on various COVID-19 topics and how they apply to the construction industry. The NCC COVID-19 Construction Clearinghouse was established as a central resource for construction employers and workers to find the latest research, guidance documents, training and other resources to help prevent the spread of the disease as construction work continues in some markets and starts up in others.
The NORA Construction Sector Council continues to actively participate in the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction and the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The goal of this national campaign is to prevent fatal falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds by encouraging residential construction contractors to: 1) plan ahead to get the job done safely, 2) provide the right equipment, and 3) train everyone to use the equipment safely. NIOSH, OSHA and CPWR are the main partners working to coordinate the National Campaign and Stand-Down. This annual event began in the Construction Sector Council in 2012. The National Campaign and Stand-Down have reached millions of construction workers.
The many Campaign and Stand-Down products have reached a wide audience through our main campaign site www.stopconstructionfalls.comexternal icon and through the OSHA Stand-Down pageexternal icon, the NIOSH National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction webpage, as well as through other NORA Construction Sector Council partners. Each year, the NORA Construction Sector Council Falls Workgroup works with NIOSH and CPWR to develop a new series of infographics in English and Spanish. View and download the infographics as PDFs or JPEGs for use in social media, presentations, and print materials. The Workgroup also helped with pulling together some of fall-related videos posted on the CDC Construction Safety and Health YouTube Playlist.
The Struck-By Workgroup organized the Virtual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents in Constructionexternal icon, which took place on April 20, 2020 to address internal traffic work zone struck-by incidents during National Work Zone Awareness Weekexternal icon. This is the first annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents and is being held virtually to comply with CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Infographics, toolbox talks, and web page of resources are all available onlineexternal icon to support this event.
The Work Organization Workgroup focuses on the work process and the organizational practices that influence job design, including how jobs are and human resource policies are structured. Some of the topics of discussion include conducting Job Hazard Analysis for small construction businesses, looking at alternative work arrangements in the construction industry, and examining better ways to reach and communicate with small construction businesses by putting greater emphasis on the business case for safety.
For those interested in getting involved with the NORA Construction Sector Council there are four workgroups looking at 1) COVID-19 2) Preventing Falls 3) Preventing Struck-by Injuries/Fatalities and 4) Work Organization. If interested in joining one or more of these workgroups please email the Sector Coordinator or NORA Coordinator.