Research Paper


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. For example, under falls, you could focus your research on 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?




BOS 3401, Construction Safety 4


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





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




 peer-reviewed journal articles (Click here to access a webinar outlining peer-reviewed articles.)




 safety reference books and textbooks, and




 other publications by safety professionals and organizations (print or online).




Note that,,,, and similar broad-based Internet sites are not considered scholarly sources. Use government and professional safety-related sources, such as,,,, and 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.


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