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Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI) Fall Protection Completion

Bill Schaffner 
(919) 227-0214


RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (May 2, 2019)- The Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), a nonprofit committed to educating the public on job-site safety, is proud to announce the successful completion of Fall Protection Training funded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) through the Susan Harwood Training Grant (Harwood Grant). In November of 2017, JSI was awarded the Harwood Grant to educate the public on fall prevention on the job-site. The Harwood Grant helped further the JSI platform to provide practical safety solutions that save lives.

The over-arching theme of the Harwood Grant was to promote safety through Fall Protection. The training curriculum was divided into six sections including Ladder Safety, Scaffolding Safety, Conventional Fall Protection, Additional Fall Protection and Rescue.

The Harwood Grant became effective September 30, 2017 and was completed on December 31, 2018. In the first five months, JSI developed a comprehensive training plan and curriculum for those in the residential construction industry. The training sessions were approved by OSHA and were also translated into Spanish to reach a broader audience in the construction industry.

The first training session took place on April 3, 2018 on April 3, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina and the final session occurred in Kearney, Nebraska on December 20, 2018. The training sessions were conducted across the United States and reached a diverse national audience. Through the commitment and creativity of JSI, 721 workers were educated on Fall Safety. The average number of participants at each of the sessions was 19 people. As the grant period progressed the team found a growing interest from contractors and employees from smaller communities where information is not as readily available as is found in major metropolitan areas.

JSI would not have been able to complete the development and delivery of 39 training sessions without the help and partnership of Rob Matuga of the National Association of Home Builders. He was able to broaden the outreach of JSI to a wider net of workers in the construction industry.

JSI was also privileged to work with Safety Environmental Engineering Inc. (SEE Inc.) as the facilitators of the job-site training. Their expertise helped deliver powerful insights into construction safety through hands on learning techniques.

Former executive director and current JSI Board Member, Bill Schaffner expressed his appreciation for The Harwood Grant stating, “The Harwood Grant gave us an opportunity to reach underserved areas and promote better safety practices throughout the construction industry. We know over 700 workers have a clearer understanding of what it takes to return home to their families safely every day.”

JSI is thankful to OSHA for The Susan Harwood Grant and the opportunity it gave JSI to expand its outreach program. The Harwood Grant supplied JSI with the capabilities to spread safety awareness to workers across the country.

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.