The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) is hosting three webinars during the 2020 National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, September 14-18.


2020 Kickoff: National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
Date: Monday, September 14, 2020
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Location: ONLINE



Falls remain the leading cause of death among construction workers, accounting for one out of 3 construction fatalities — with groups like residential workers and roofers at an even higher than average risk. Thousands more suffer serious injuries because they lack the right safety equipment, the knowledge and training to prevent falls, or both.

To prevent construction falls, the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction was launched through the NORA Construction Sector Council in 2012 with leadership from NIOSH, OSHA, and CPWR. The cornerstone of the campaign each year is the National Safety Stand-Down, where employers and workers take a break to focus on preventing falls. This year, business leaders, labor organizations, community groups, and other construction industry stakeholders will participate in virtual or socially-distanced Stand-Down events September 14-18.

To kick-off the week leaders from OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR will share data trends and new fall prevention resources to use during the Stand-Down week and beyond.


  • Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Scott Ketchum, Director, OSHA’s Directorate of Construction
  • John Howard, M.D., NIOSH Director
  • G. Scott Earnest, PhD, PE, CSP, NIOSH, Associate Director, Office of Construction Safety and Health
  • Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director, CPWR


Investigating Fall Fatalities and Injury Claims on Prevention Efforts
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: ONLINE



The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program investigates fatalities that occur on the job and provides the public with full access to these investigations. The FACE program targets deaths associated with falls in construction. This webinar will explore the characteristics of workers and employers who have been involved in fatal construction falls and the impact injury claims can have on small construction leaders’ participation in fall prevention efforts. The webinar will close with a presentation on how the Michigan FACE program uses fatality tracking and outreach to prevent falls in its state.


  • Characteristics of Workers and Employers Involved in Construction Falls
    • Dr. Todd Schoonover, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, SHARP Program
    • Washington FACE
  • Does Experiencing an Injury Claim Impact Small Construction Company Leaders’ Participation in a Fall Protection Survey?
    • Dr. David Hurtado, Oregon Health & Science University
    • Oregon FACE
  • Fatal Construction Falls in Michigan: Tracking and Outreach for Prevention
    • Dr. Anthony Oliveri, Michigan State University, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    • Michigan FACE
  • Moderator:
    • Scott P. Breloff, Ph.D, Detailed as the Coordinator for the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health Biomedical Research Engineer


Investigating Fall Fatalities: Lessons Learned and Tools for Prevention
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Time: 12pm – 12:45pm
Location: ONLINE



Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers, accounting for about one out of three construction fatalities. Among the most affected are Hispanics and roofers. We can learn a lot about preventing fatal falls by understanding more about the circumstances surrounding these tragic events. This webinar will share the results of two fatality investigations, one involving a Hispanic roofer in North Carolina and the other a gutter installer in Kentucky. The webinar will close with a discussion about a NIOSH tool that can be used to prevent falls, a daily inspection tool for a mast climbing work platform.


  • Hispanic Worker Falls from Residential Roof in North Carolina
    • Jennifer E. Lincoln, NIOSH FACE Program, Surveillance and Field Investigations Branch, Division of Safety Research
  • Gutter Installer Dies After Falling from Roof
    • Michael Turner, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
    • Kentucky FACE
  • Mast Climbing Work Platform Daily Inspection Walkthrough Tool
    • LT Bryan Wimer- NIOSH, Division of Safety Research
  • Moderator:
    • Scott P. Breloff, Ph.D, Detailed as the Coordinator for the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health Biomedical Research Engineer