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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 8:15am - 3:30pm


Falls: The Greatest Challenge

Falls continue to plague the construction industry as one of the leading causes of fatalities. So what is the industry doing to reverse this trend? Thomas Kramer, P.E., CSP, leading authority in fall protection, will present to you how entrenched methods of information processing and social influences, such as cognitive biases, lull organizations into a false sense of security. Organizations may believe they are good in responding to the hazard of falls, rather than just lucky.

There have been changes in fall protection strategy and control. More powerful solutions have emerged and Mr. Kramer will discuss the latest equipment advances, the practical and evolving methods for reducing falls and the interplay of ANSI fall protection standards and Prevention through Design techniques.

  • Thomas Kramer, P.E., CSP
  • Managing Principle, LJB, Inc., Miamisburg, OH


Technology for a New Vision of Construction Safety

10. Leveraging Technology to Enhance Worker Safety

Learn how to use your electronic tablets and smart phones to perform routine safety inspections, JHAs, incident investigations and tailgate meetings. This can be done at no cost and you will take away the techniques to enable your electronic tablets and smart phones to perform these tasks with greater quality results. Most often, you will have this ability using the software and apps that are already loaded on most electronic tablets and smart phones.

  • Michael Palmer, CSP, CIH, CHMM
  • Vice President, EnSafe, Inc., Knoxville, TN

11. Proximity Detection for Workers Around Construction Equipment

Human Construction Traffic Interface (HCTI) is a significant hazard in the construction industry. New technologies are becoming available that can sense when a worker is in a blind spot or no-go zone. In this session, you will explore some technology options for proximity detection and the most effective way to apply it for HCTI management.

  • Neil Ryan, CSP
  • Personnel Safety Manager, Exxon Mobil, Spring, TX

12. Preparing and Managing OSH in the Global Construction Marketplace

As our US based construction companies expand into the global marketplace, cultural differences are thrown into the mix, compounding our challenges. Implementing a western style of OSH management into construction projects outside the US, poses unique challenges. Join this session to learn simple technology tools professionals can use to manage OSH globally or in remote locations.

  • Carole Fried, CIH, CSP
  • Director H&S, Gilbane, Walnut Creek, CA

13. Look Out Below: Falling Objects (Struck-by Hazards) in High Rise Construction

An increasingly major challenge in high rise construction is the incidence of falling object accidents and fatalities. The strength of your solutions for these catastrophic events will be dependent upon your ability to recognize the most useful technology, implement the most effective controls and train your workforce for their participation in strategy to mitigate this daunting hazard. In this session, you will learn optimal strategy to minimize the risk of falling objects.

  • Randall C. Butler, CSP
  • Teacher, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA


The New OSHA Confined Space Standard: What’s Required?

OSHA’s long awaited rule on Confined Spaces in Construction, 1926.1200, has finally been published by OSHA. You will learn how this new standard differs from the previous proposed version and how it compares to the existing General Industry 1910.146 Permit Required Confined Space Standard, as well as the ANSI Z117 standard for entry into confined spaces. You will take away practices that will assist you in identifying a confined space in construction, learn what the requirements are for both the owner of the site and the employer entering the confined space, how to operate the permit system that will be critical for entries, and strategize to overcome the challenges that rescue will present to those entering confined spaces.

  • C. Gary Lopez, CSP
  • Area Vice President, AJ Gallagher Risk Management Services, Weston, FL


Management Tools

14. Meet Dr. Christine Branche: Learn to Deliver a Successful Safety Stand-Down

and Health for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will be providing you with guidelines for conducting a successful Safety Stand-Down. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. Dr. Branche will help you get this started in your organization.

  • Christine Branche, PhD
  • Principal Associate Director and Director of the Office of Construction Safety and Health for NIOSH/CDC, Washington, DC

15. Removing Barriers Towards OSH Excellence

Today’s OSH manager should not only be able to communicate the moral imperative in protecting people and the environment, but also able to demonstrate how effective OSH management—or lack thereof—can contribute to project success or failure. By integrating OSH management systems throughout an organization’s operations, you can not only improve OSH performance, but affect your organization’s performance overall. You will leave this session with strategy to better align OSH management with the overall strategy of your organization including managing operational risks, using leading indicators to improve project quality, and better communication for improved stakeholder relations.

  • Chris Golden, CSP, PMP
  • EHS Manager, Skanska USA Inc., New York, NY

16. Conducting and Analyzing a Safety Program Audit

An effective safety program audit can return invaluable results for your assessment of how well your safety program is performing. In this session, you will learn how to develop a safety program audit and how to analyze what it reveals about the health of your program. Take away some methods for compiling and presenting the results of your audit.

  • Eric P. Hanson, CSP
  • Director of Safety, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Baltimore, MD

17. Buried Alive: A Survivor’s Story

In this session, Joe Tantarelli, Safety Consultant, recalls the events of June 5, 1983 when he was nearly buried alive as he was installing pipe in a trench that suddenly collapsed on him. He will discuss how rushing, frustration, fatigue, and complacency contributed to making serious mistakes that almost led him to die on the job. Attendees will learn strategies to help workers avoid these types of incidents.

  • Joe Tantarelli
  • Safety Consultant, SafeStart, Belleville, ON