Sponsors of the 18th Annual Construction Safety Conference and Expo announced that several top industry executives will be delivering keynote addresses during the conference on February 12 and 13 to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. They include Peter Furst, technical director, Liberty Mutual; Robert Malooly, assistant director for insurance services division; and Thomas Zargas, senior executive vice president of operations, Washington Group International. Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will deliver the luncheon address February 14 at the NORA 2 Construction Sector Council meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont.
Conference sponsors are the non-profit Construction Safety Council, CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training (formerly The Center to Protect Workers' Rights), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The conference and expo, the largest construction-specific safety conference held in the nation, will be held February 12 and 13, to be followed by professional development seminars and the NORA Construction Sector council meeting February 14. The Construction Sector Council, a group coordinated by NIOSH and co-chaired by CPWR, has been charged with developing a national occupational research agenda (NORA) for the construction industry for the next decade and will present the top 10 research priority areas identified for the construction industry. All participants are welcome to participate in this meeting and to comment and provide feedback on the draft construction goals.
The 18th annual conference has over 70 sessions offered throughout the three days and in addition to the re-occurring favorites, such as sessions on fall protection, power line safety and workers' compensation issues, new sessions on electrical safety, industrial hygiene issues and workzone safety will be presented. More than 100 exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate the latest innovations in safety and health products and services. The exhibits will be open February 12 and 13.