January 12, 2012

Lachlan Taylor

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The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation Releases Construction Case Study Training Guide

OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that  the Commission’s Construction Case Study Training Guide has been released. The Construction Case Study Training Guide was developed as part of the Commission’s Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) by the Labor Occupational Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH) at UCLA in partnership with the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC), AFL-CIO, with 13 member unions.

The Guide combines resources of WOSHTEP with those offered by apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship construction industry programs. The Guide includes 13 case studies, including 4 green construction cases, based on real life stories of construction workers who sustained an occupational fatality, injury or illness on the job in order to teach about the importance of occupational safety and health within construction industry pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. 

CHSWC is charged with examining the health and safety and workers’ compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation.  The Commission was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers’ compensation system and of the state’s activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational illnesses and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about the Construction Case Study Training Guide is available online as is information about CHSWC. Information may also be obtained by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, CA 94612; by calling (510) 622-3959; by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265; or by emailing