OSHA has identified four categories of hazards that account for more than 50% of all construction fatalities:

·         Falls—(36.5%)

·         Struck by object—84 (10.1%)

·         Electrocutions—71 (8.6%)

·         Caught-in/between—21 (2.5%)


The assignment is to write a research paper involving one of these four construction hazard categories. You may narrow your topic down to a more specific type of accident within the major category. I choose to focus on falls, more specially falls from ladders.When writing the paper, consider the following questions:


1.      What are the common causative factors?

2.      What does data indicate?

3.      What are the effective proven corrective measures?


Remember that a significant aspect of anyresearch paper is the summary analysis by the writer of thatresearch (in this case, you).


The submission must be a minimum of three pages in length,not including the titlepage or reference page. A minimum of three scholarly reference sources must be used from the CSUOnline Library. Scholarly sources include:

·         Peer-reviewed journal articles

·         Safety reference books and textbooks, and

·         Other publications by safety professionals and organizations (print or online)


Note that wikipedia.com, answers.com, ask.com, about.com,and similar broad-based Internet sites are not considered scholarly sources. Use government and professional safety-related sources,such as osha.gov., niosh.gov, asse.org, nsc.org, and nfpa.org. Contact your professor if you have any questions about the validity of a reference source.


APA format is required. Be sure to use in text citations for direct quotes and paraphrased information.


Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.



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