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Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI) Awarded Susan Harwood Grant to Target Fall Prevention in Construction

Jodi Vedelli
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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (October 4, 2019) – The Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to improving safety and protecting lives, is proud to announce it has been awarded funding by the Susan Harwood Training Grants Program to target fall prevention in construction for a second time.  Susan Harwood grants are awarded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on a competitive basis and issued annually based on Congressional appropriation.

Through this grant, JSI will focus training efforts on fall prevention in construction. The grant will enable JSI to provide multiple four hour sessions of fall prevention training to those who lack access to proper educational tools. Training topics will primarily focus on the most common types of falls in construction; including falls from ladders, scaffolds, roofs, trusses and steel erection. The target audience includes workers who are more susceptible to job-site injuries, due to geographical limitations and language barriers. To expand the reach of the training modules, classes will be offered in both English and Spanish.

“This grant will supply an educational reinforcement to those within the construction field, so they can understand the proper safety precautions to take before they step onto the job-site,” said Mike Gerber, President of JSI. “We are privileged that with the assistance of the Harwood Grant, we are able to reach more workers within the construction industry to spread fall safety and awareness.”

JSI is honored to partner with the National Home Builders Association (NAHB). NAHB understands the importance of job-site safety for those within the construction industry.

“NAHB is excited to again be partnering with the Job-Site Safety Institute to deliver the Fall Prevention in Residential Construction training course to our members at no cost,” said Rob Matuga, NAHB AVP of Labor, Safety and Health Policy, “Providing safety training is not only important to the home building industry, it is vital to protecting our workforce.”

In addition to the training delivered through the Susan Hardwood Grant, JSI has impacted the construction industry through awarded grants to other institutions dedicated to safety on the job-site. Current grants being funded by JSI include, “Toolbox Talk” videos, which are a series of training videos that cover critical safety issues in the industry, extended research on Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP) with an objective to respond to professional concerns from knowledgeable industrial users and manufacturers of MCWP’s: and job-site research that would result in the development of a peer mentoring program. To learn more about JSI and its grant activities, visit

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.