Improving safety.
Protecting lives.

Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting safety research for residential and commercial job-sites. We serve as a research center where educational institutions and industry leaders collaborate and exchange ideas to increase awareness of the inherent dangers of a construction site. The research conducted through JSI grants will produce studies that guide safety practices, set new standards, and influence worker behavior on job-sites.

About us

Established and initially funded by Builders Mutual, JSI became incorporated in 2014. As the industry experts in construction insurance, Builders Mutual is respected by the market it serves and has an opportunity, if not an obligation, to support and lead the efforts of specialized industry research and education. Ultimately, JSI will play a critical role in the reduction of job-site injuries and elimination of job-site fatalities.

Current projects

Research methods for JSI projects include real-world testing that can be applied to the job-site as well as quantitative and qualitative studies. Results will be shared through a variety of media, including published studies, training videos, and online resources.

Projects Currently in Progress or Under Consideration

Extended Assessment of Occupational Fall Hazards for Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP)
Research Organization: Center for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)


Dr. Chistopher Pan
Research Safety Engineer, Division of Safety Research, NIOSH/CDC

Description of Grant

The objective of the project is to respond to professional concerns from knowledgeable industrial users and manufacturers of MCWP’s, and to employ the tools and methods of the professional safety engineer to questions about fall hazards to workers at height. Combined perspectives of practitioners and researchers about the potential hazards to workers during the construction, assembly and disassembly of MCWP equipment will be assessed using the existing technology of the previous and ongoing NIOSH MCWP research projects. The project will work to determine probability failure modes for MCWPs’ by subjecting them to advanced engineering analysis, incorporating various, generally computerized methods: for example: shear and tensile strength analysis.

Video Toolbox Talks for Residential Contractors
Research Organization: National Housing Endowment/National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)


Chelsea Vetick, COSS
Program Manager, Safety
Labor, Safety & Health Policy

Description of Grant

This project will create a total of 36 Video Toolbox Talks (18 in English, 18 in Spanish) over a two year period. A series of three to five minute videos will be created, each addressing the recognition and prevention of safety hazards in the residential construction industry. The availability of the safety videos will be promoted nationally to the residential construction industry and disseminated through online channels.

Implementing a Peer Mentoring Program for Safety Improvement
Research Organization: East Carolina University Department of Construction Management


Dr. Donna A. Hollar

Description of Grant

There is a current need to address the inconsistent transfer of safety knowledge from organizational policies and procedures to field workers, especially Hispanic workers on the jobsite. Past research has shown that workers received the most information and guidance about safety from other crew members. Targeted workers will be identified for participation and training will take place on tablets at the workers’ jobsites. Workers will provide evaluative feedback through various pre-program and post-program assessment tools. The proposed research would result in the development of a peer mentoring program with training materials that could be deployed by construction firms as a method to improve overall safety.


Grant requests

Organizations requesting grant money from JSI will follow this three-step process.

  1. Submission—A completed JSI grant request form must be submitted outlining the project, purpose, targeted result, and funding amount.
  2. Initial review—Forms will undergo initial review to determine appropriateness and completeness of submission.
  3. Final review—JSI board of directors will give final review and approval for applications that pass the second step.

Grants meeting the criteria and approved by the board will be recognized publicly and co-branded with the requestor and JSI.

Grant Request Form


Leadership and partners

JSI seeks to create strong partnerships with educational institutions, industry regulators, safety-focused organizations, and building associations. Being affiliated with JSI will lead to a safer and more stable construction community. Current partnerships include:

  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • East Carolina University Department of Construction Management
  • North Carolina Department of Labor
  • North Carolina Home Builders Association

Executive Director

Bill Schaffner


Michael A. Gerber, President
Thomas B. Lockard, Assistant Secretary Assistant Treasurer

Board of Directors

Mike Thibodeaux, Board Chairman
Frank Wiesner, Secretary & Treasurer

Erik Anderson
J. Gary Hill
Willard (Buddy) Hughes
Robert Matuga
Tom Trauger



News and press releases

Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI) and National Housing Endowment/National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Partner to Launch Toolbox Talk Video Series
Toolbox Talk Videos Will Address Safety Hazards in Residential Construction Industry


Jodi Vedelli
(919) 227-0295

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (May 23, 2017) – The Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to improving safety and protecting lives, is pleased to announce it has awarded a grant to the National Housing Endowment/National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Through this grant, videos titled “Toolbox Talk” will be created to demonstrate how to recognize and prevent residential construction safety hazards to construction workers across the U.S.

This series of three- to five-minute training videos will cover  critical safety-related issues in the industry, and all videos will be available in both English and Spanish. Each safety video will explain and demonstrate how to recognize, avoid, and prevent construction safety hazards through the use of abatement techniques, including best industry practices and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulatory requirements. The availability of the Toolbox Talk videos will be promoted nationally within the residential construction industry and disseminated through online channels, including JSI’s YouTube channel and the NAHB website. The total of 18 bilingual Toolbox Talk videos will be created over a two-year period, with half expected to be completed by end of this year.

The first video in the series focuses on ladder safety (available here). Every day, approximately 2,000 people are injured while using ladders, and among construction workers, an estimated 81 percent of fall injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involve a ladder.1 This video specifically addresses choosing the right ladder for the job and properly setting up the ladder, and ultimately the video is intended to help prevent ladder injuries. Future topics in the Toolbox Talk video series will include nail gun safety, personal protective equipment, heat stress, fire safety, scaffolding, fall protection, and more.

“Through the Toolbox Talk videos, we hope to help workers in the industry better understand how to recognize and prevent risks, and conduct their jobs safely,” said Bill Schaffner, executive director of JSI. “The videos will focus on serious safety and health hazards in the industry and ultimately foster a protective work environment.”

“We are excited to be selected as one of JSI’s first grant recipients,” said Robert Matuga, assistant vice president, labor, safety and health at NAHB. “The Toolbox Talk videos will promote worker safety by providing an accessible and ongoing educational platform that uses emerging technology to reduce the number of job-site injuries and fatalities.”

About JSI                                 

Founded by Builders Mutual, the Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. This research and educational organization is dedicated to eliminating all job-site related injuries and deaths in the construction industry. Research by JSI will play a critical role in improving on-the-job safety and saving lives.

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