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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 (November 28, 2017) – 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. Susan Hardwood grants are awarded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on a competitive basis and issued annually based on Congressional appropriation. JSI is one of 80 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a one-year federal safety and health training grant in 2017.

Through this grant, JSI will focus training efforts on fall prevention in construction. The grant will enable JSI to provide four hours of fall prevention in construction training to 750 residential construction workers. Training topics will focus on the most common types of falls in construction; including falls from ladders, scaffolds, roofs, trusses, and steel erection. The target audience includes non-literate, low-literacy, or limited English proficiency workers, and focuses on workers in small businesses. To bridge the language gap that exists with the target audience of workers, training will be offered in English and Spanish.

“This grant is extremely important as falls continue to rank as the number one cause of fatalities in construction,” said Mike Gerber, president of JSI. “With this new funding we will be able to create additional training materials and deliver training to the geographic areas that have the heaviest concentration of residential construction.”

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 jobsite. 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.