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Tool Time: Lift Coach
Lift Coach: Plan Your Route is a puzzle game developed by the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) in partnership with Simcoach the developer. Lift Coach is an interactive tool that aims to prevent injuries related to manual lifting and moving construction materials on a jobsite. The game involves moving loads from one part of a jobsite to another while players build up strain faster or slower depending on the decisions they make. Lifting equipment or a coworker can be used to reduce the strain. However, identification of the correct time to use assistance and avoiding hazards along the route are necessary to safely move loads.

This app addresses the hierarchy of controls and is intended to raise awareness of the risks associated with manual lifting and moving materials. It is available for download in iTunes, Google Play and Amazon both in Spanish and English.
Happy No-Shave November!
Are you or your employees participating this month?

While the No-Shave November initiative helps to raise money and awareness for cancer, it's important to remember that facial hair can reduce the effectiveness of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Please consider maintaining a PPE-friendly look to ensure a safe and healthy holiday season!
Regional Updates
Last month, our partners at the Nebraska Safety Council / WorkWell held their annual conference in York, Nebraska. The conference honored winners of the Governor's Wellness Award and Workplace Safety Award. A pre-conference session introduced attendees to the Worker 360° integrated safety and wellness training. 
The 2018 Hawkeye on Safety annual conference in Coralville, Iowa provided a variety of educational opportunities for attendees. Breakout sessions included topics such as welding safety, distracted driving, workers compensation, OSHA updates, hearing conservation, Iowa Code compliance, injury prevention, and more. Save the date for next year's conference on September 26, 2019!
Survey results from the Center's construction apprentice research were presented at the 14th Annual Greater St. Louis Safety & Health Conference last month. The breakout presentation addressed non-traditional workplace hazards related to work organization and the environment. For more information on this construction apprentice research, please contact our partners at Washington University

Event Planner

November 28-29 · Midwest Rural Ag Safety & Health Conference (IA)
December 7 · America's Opiate Epidemic & How We Got Here (Webinar)
December 7 · Addressing Precarious Work through Social Change (Webinar)
January 10-11 · Opioids and the Workplace (MO)
February 20-21 · Workplace Fatigue Conference
March 28-29 · Occupational Health Symposium (IA)
Visit our calendar for a full listing of trainings, conferences, and other events
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