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Construction Safety Alliance (CSA) - An Alliance that Seeks Excellence
The construction industry has had the highest dollar turnover of any U.S. industry. There are close to 2 million firms operating in the construction sector and the number of people employed in the construction sector is estimated to be over 10 million. Construction had the largest number of work related deaths of any industry in the U.S. In addition, the fatality rates ranked second in the world. Socially and economically, fatal and non-fatal accidents and unsafe practices have taken a toll on the personal lives of construction workers and their families. Furthermore, they have severely impacted the productivity and quality in construction, and hence the costs of the constructed products. Traditionally, there has been little sharing of information due to competition, shortage of resources, poor communication, lack of expertise in different areas, and a focus on short-term results instead of long-term planning. Therefore, there is an overwhelming need for infusion of government funding to catalyze permanent changes in safety practice in this industry.
To develop, implement and evaluate a National Research Program in construction health and safety, reaching 80% of the Construction workforce in the U.S. -- a historical benchmark for improving the safety and health programs in the construction industry.
The mission of the Construction Safety Alliance (CSA) is to develop, implement and evaluate a National Research Program in construction safety and health. This mission will reach 8 out of 10 construction workers in the United States. Impacting 80% of the construction workforce will be a historical benchmark for improving the safety and health programs in the construction industry.
Construction Safety Alliance will bring the best elements in the construction industry together with infrastructures of established research and education programs in engineering, public health, and construction management. It is a very dynamic, energetic and enthusiastic alliance. The academic and industry participants in CSA have a strong interest in supporting and extending the intervention activities beyond the NIOSH's funding period.
The business of safety and health should be the business of the construction industry. True partnerships, such as CSA, will bring about lasting changes and help NIOSH deliver the nation's promise:
"Safety and health at work for all people through research and prevention"
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