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

Founded with an initial contribution from 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

Envisioning a Collective Response to the Opiate Crisis
Research Organization: National Association of Home Builders

Contact

David Jaffe
djaffe@nahb.org
VP, Legal Advocacy
202.266.8317

Description of Grant

There is a need to raise awareness and provide education to help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic’s reach into the home building industry. NAHB is committed to undertaking a leadership role to address the opioid issue. However, this requires the support of subject matter experts to develop the resources necessary to raise awareness and create educational materials. An Opioid Working Group has been formed that will work with these outside experts to devise a comprehensive educational strategy. This project will provide much needed help to reduce opioid-related job-site injuries and deaths in the residential home building industry.

Key deliverables include:

  • Creation of toolkits and an educational website
  • Handbooks, fact sheets, webinars, workshops and eLearning courses
Optimizing and Effectively Delivering a Safety App to Residential Construction Businesses
Research Organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)

Contact

Dr. Thomas R. Cunningham
TCunningham@cdc.gov
Chief, Training Research and Evaluation Branch Education and Information Division NIOSH/CDC
513.533.8325

Description of Grant

This grant will be used by NIOSH to develop a virtual safety consultant app that will introduce residential construction workers to hazards they may face on job-sites. The app will provide a low-cost way to ensure worker safety based on NIOSH research and OSHA regulations and will be available for both smart phone and online (web) use. Topics will include roofing, dry walling, counter top installation and many others.

Key deliverables include:

  • Final virtual safety consultant mobile app for small residential construction businesses
  • Model for effective delivery of workplace safety and health apps to small residential construction businesses
Improving Construction Hazard Recognition with Personalized Training Interventions
Research Organization: North Carolina State University

Contact

Dr. Alex Albert
alex_albert@ncsu.edu
Assistant Professor and Director, Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, NCSU
919.515.2444

Description of Grant

Through this grant, NCSU will test the effectiveness of personalized hazard recognition training programs that include active, engaged learning and customized sessions based on the learners pre-existing knowledge and learning needs. NCSU will also explore the possibility of using eye-trackers for safety training purposes.

Key deliverables include:

  • Job Safety Institute’s (JSI) Hazard Identification Tool (HIT)
  • Field Guide of Best Practices for Hazard Recognition
  • Video Resources for Toolbox Talks and Training
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)

Contact

Dr. Chistopher Pan
cpan@cdc.gov
Research Safety Engineer, Division of Safety Research, NIOSH/CDC
304.285.5978

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)

Contact

Chelsea Vetick, COSS
Program Manager, Safety
Labor, Safety & Health Policy
202.266.8590

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

Contact

Dr. Donna A. Hollar
hollard@ecu.edu
252.328.6968

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.

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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

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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

Officers

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

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News

News and press releases

Job-Site Safety Institute Awards National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Grant to Finalize Development of Virtual Safety Consultant App

Contact

Jodi Vedelli
jvedelli@bmico.com
(919) 227-0295

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – (June 5, 2018) – 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 Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The focus of this grant is to finalize the development and launch a virtual safety consultant application for residential construction businesses. 

This grant will be used by NIOSH to develop a virtual safety consultant app that will introduce residential construction workers to hazards they may face on job-sites.  The app will provide a low-cost way to ensure worker safety based on NIOSH research and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.  This virtual tool will promote safety information on construction topics ranging from roofing and dry walling to counter top installation and more.  Training recommendations from the app may include tools such as checklists, training videos and links to other educational materials.  NIOSH will also create a model for effective delivery of workplace safety and health apps to small residential construction businesses.

“With over 65% of the contractors in the United States having less than five employees, many small contractors struggle to get access to the latest safety information, guidance and tools,” notes Bill Schaffner, executive director of JSI.  “With the Job-Site Safety Institute’s goal of reducing injuries on each and every job-site, partnering with NIOSH through the creation and release of a safety app will give contractors a convenient, timely way to help create a safe worksite for each employee.”

“Small businesses, especially in construction, experience a disproportionate burden of occupational injury, illness, and fatalities.  These small contractors need safety and health information that is easy to access, fits with the work they are doing, and comes from a source they  trust,” states Dr.Thomas R. Cunningham, Chief, Training Research and Evaluation Branch, Education and Information Division, and coordinator of the NIOSH Small Business Assistance Program  “Our work will help to not only develop a useful tool for small contractors to ensure a safe worksite, but also help identify more effective ways to get safety and health resources into the hands of small businesses.”

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. www.jssafety.org

Job-Site Safety Institute and National Housing Endowment/National Association of Home Builders Toolbox Talk Video Series Grant Update

Contact

Jodi Vedelli
jvedelli@bmico.com
(919) 227-0295

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – (February 26, 2018) – The Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to improving safety and protecting lives, awarded a grant to the National Housing Endowment/National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during 2017.  The grant provided funding to assist in the creation of 36 “Toolbox Talk” videos over a two-year period. 

Eighteen videos (nine topics with individual videos created both in English and Spanish) are complete.  These videos have been published and promoted nationally within the residential construction industry through the NAHB website and JSI YouTube channel. 

The most recent video focused on silica.  The timeliness of this video was intentional as contractors continue to understand and educate their employees about recent OSHA guidelines surrounding silica and silica dust.  Providing an easily accessible training resource in both English and Spanish was important to both JSI and the NAHB.

“Since the release of our first videos early in 2017, we’ve received great feedback from users around the country about the quality and relevancy of these safety videos,” stated Bill Schaffner, executive director of JSI.  “NAHB has supported JSI’s mission by addressing the most important and timely topics contractors need to know to provide a safe work environment for their employees. We look forward to continuing that direction in 2018.”

“Presenting relevant and timely safety information in a short video format will be effective in helping employers and employees recognize and avoid hazards in the construction industry,” said Rob Matuga, assistant vice president, labor, safety and health at NAHB.  “This series of videos—in both English and Spanish language—is readily available and accessible to at-risk construction workers and demonstrates simple, safe work practices that prevent accidents.”

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.  www.jssafety.org

Job-Site Safety Institute Awards North Carolina State University Grant to Research Hazard Recognition in Construction

Contact

Jodi Vedelli
jvedelli@bmico.com
(919) 227-0295

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (January 30, 2018) – 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 North Carolina State University (NCSU).  The focus of this grant is to improve construction hazard recognition and awareness by researching the use of personalized hazard recognition training programs.

Use of personalized training programs in the construction industry is largely unexplored and many training programs are based on conventional classroom style methods that don’t prove as effective for adult learners.  Through this grant, NCSU will test the effectiveness of personalized hazard recognition training programs that include active, engaged learning and customized sessions based on the learners pre-existing knowledge and learning needs.  NCSU will also explore the possibility of using eye-trackers for safety training purposes.

Research conducted during the course of this grant will include the first field experiment to test a personalized hazard recognition training intervention at job-sites in North Carolina. Approximately twenty workers from different projects participating in the experiment will be asked to examine on-going work activity and identify hazards.  Key deliverables of the grant include creating a Hazard Identification Tool, Guide to Best Practices for Hazard Recognition, and video resources for toolbox talks and training.

“The construction job-site continues to be one of the leading locations for worker injuries in the country,” states Bill Schaffner, executive director of JSI.  “Our ability to recognize and prevent the exposures that lead to these accidents is a key part of the Job-Site Safety Institutes’ mission. Through this grant and our partnership with North Carolina State University, we look forward to learning about new ways technology can assist us in hazard recognition and prevention.”

“A large number of safety hazards remain unrecognized in construction workplaces and can result in unexpected safety incidents,” says Dr. Alex Albert, the principal investigator from NCSU.  “The research grant from JSI is expected to generate new knowledge that will improve our understanding of why construction hazards remain unrecognized.  Using this knowledge, robust interventions to improve hazard recognition levels will be developed and tested.”

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.  www.jssafety.org

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

Contact

Jodi Vedelli
jvedelli@bmico.com
(919) 227-0295

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 www.jssafety.org

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. www.jssafety.org

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

Contact

Jodi Vedelli
jvedelli@bmico.com
(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. www.jssafety.org

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Financials

JSI files a Form 990 each year to report information about our finances to the government.

Contact

Job-Site Safety Institute
P.O. Box 97503
Raleigh, NC 27624
866-702-5998
info@jssafety.org