Occupational Health & Safety Administration
The Construction Industry Research and Policy Center provided services under contract to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
OSHA Targeting System
CIRPC maintained and operated a file of active construction projects using Dodge Data and Analytics monthly census of recent projects (processed through CIRPC’s econometric model) estimating each project duration. Every month CIRPC randomly selected about 1,500 projects for safety inspections by OSHA personnel in 120 area offices nationwide.
Review Case Files from All OSHA Inspected Fatal Construction Events
Case files were sent from OSHA area offices to CIRPC with no redactions. CIRPC analyzed each fatal incident as to proximal cause, violations cited, construction operation and task performed by victim(s), the NAICS code of the employer, and other variables. CIRPC prepared a comprehensive narrative statement describing each event and specific intervention strategies at OSHA’s request.
Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division
The Construction Industry Research and Policy Center provided support of labor standards compliance activities for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL WHD) as well as assisting to conduct the Davis-Bacon Wage Surveys.
Labor Standards Compliance
Each month CIRPC received an electronic file from Dodge Data & Analytics containing approximately 25,000 new construction initiations. Our researchers developed econometric models to calculate the estimated construction duration of each project and appended to a master project file. This data file provided the base information supporting Davis-Bacon Wage Surveys, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) selection system, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Construction Targeting System.
Analyses and reports for WHD included:
- employer and employee satisfaction surveys
- recidivism of wage violators
- industry-specific compliance of minimum wage rate, overtime and child labor
- special statistical reports compiling data from multiple data sources
- tracking of wage rates for union and non-union job categories
- assisting WHD with the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA)
Davis-Bacon Wage Surveys
Starting in the mid-1980s CIRPC’s team conducted these surveys at the direction of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (WHD) national office for all types of construction (building, heavy, residential and highway) and for any assigned location in the United States and its territories. The surveys supplemented those performed by regional offices of WHD and were carried out in accordance with Davis-Bacon Act regulations and procedures. Wage determinations may be accessed at www.wdol.gov.
Before the legislation changed the process for minimum wage determination for the territory of American Samoa, the Construction Industry Research and Policy Center provided analysis of the islands’ economy and authored multiple minimum wage reports. The CIRPC sent a team of surveyors to the South Pacific on two occasions to collect the data used in the reports.