ASSE Recognizes John Mroszczyk of Danvers, MA, for Best Technical Article
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced John Mroszczyk, PhD, P.E., CSP, of Danvers, MA, as the winner of this year’s Best Technical Article award for his article titled, “Prevention of Fall Fatalities and Injuries.” His article focuses on fall protection and fall prevention, as well as different types of fall hazards present on construction sites. Mroszczyk was honored with this award during ASSE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) held June 12-15 in Chicago, IL.
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries and falls account for approximately one-third of all construction fatalities each year. Mroszczyk’s winning article focuses on the nature of fall hazards in construction, contributing causes of construction fall fatalities and how a team effort between design professionals, contractors and construction workers can have a favorable impact on the number of construction fall fatalities. In a detailed and well-supported article, Mroszczyk outlines the physics behind why falls are so deadly, as well as some of the reasons why falls occur on construction sites. He also provides examples of fall prevention techniques versus fall protection measures, differentiating between both and noting the importance of each.
Mroszczyk also outlines the ten most common fall hazards and examples of hazard reduction, including falls from ladders, scaffolds/staging, roof edges, structural steel, nonmoving vehicles, falls to lower levels, through roof surfaces, through skylights, through floor openings, and general falls from roofs. Overall, the message of the article surrounds the concept that planning construction jobs and addressing fall hazards at safety meetings is key to ensure appropriate measures are put into place. To help workers return safely home to their families injury and illness-free each day, Mroszczyk notes that the priority should be on fall prevention, not fall protection.
Mroszczyk is president of Northeast Consulting Engineers Inc. in Danvers, MA, and is a former administrator of ASSE’s Engineering Practice Specialty (PS). “Prevention of Fall Fatalities and Injuries” was featured on the front page of ASSE’s Construction Practice Specialty Newsletter, Blueprints, Volume 10, Issue 2. For more information about the Construction Practice Specialty and to view a sample newsletter, please visit http://www.asse.org/practicespecialties/construction/index.php.
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