- What causes construction fatalities involving falls, electrocutions, “struck-by” incidents and trenching collapses? How can they be prevented?
- How effective are fall protection programs in different types of construction: commercial, residential, industrial, heavy construction?
- What strategies can construction employers use to reduce back injuries? How can contractors address awkward postures and heavy lifting?
- What type of safety training is most likely to produce results?
- Which training strategies, tools or techniques are effective — web-based videos, written materials, on-site classes?
- How important is training interaction? Do students need direct and immediate contact with teachers? Which types of interaction are most effective for distance-based learning?
- Should training vary, depending upon a worker's experience?
- What's the most effective way for employers to train new hires?
- Should employers use the same techniques or different ones to provide refresher training to current employees?
- How can small businesses and ethnic groups receive safety and health training and information?
- Is there are way to structure incentive programs so that they make a real difference — not just on paper but in the work environment?
- Which positive approaches best protect workers and produce real injury and illness reductions?
Jeffress points to research needs
October 26, 2000
OSHA chief Charles Jeffress highlighted safety and health questions in need of well-researched answers at the recent National Occupational Injury Research Symposium in Pittsburgh: