Safety & Health Advancement through Research + Education (SHARE) Lab

The SHARE lab promotes construction safety and health through evidenced-based innovative research, education, and practices.  The SHARE lab creates new knowledge, learning resources, and practical solutions through industry partnerships and by using technology intervention such as wearable sensors, visualization, serious gaming and tablet computers.

Answering the Health and Safety Questions of Today and Tomorrow

SHARE answers questions about how to improve construction health and safety in today’s workplace and how to improve worker health and safety in the future:

  • How do we take advantage of the safety and health data records collected in the field?
  • How do we use new technologies to facilitate worker training and safety planning?
  • How can we retain the construction workforce and embrace worker well-being?

Pursuing Innovative Solutions to Health and Safety

SHARE has produced innovative, digital tools for the construction industry, including:

  • iSafe – Safety Field Inspection System
  • Computer Animated Fall Protection Training Suite
  • 3D Construction Safety Video Game to Evaluate and Assess Student Learning


SHARE Lab Posts:

Safety is a marathon, not a sprint!

Using Four-Wheel Carts in The Roofing Trade This animation is based on the real-life story of a roofing apprentice who left the industry after getting injured while overcoming a poorly-setup ramp with a material cart.  Three scientific, evidence-based solutions are provided to inform supervisors how a similar incident can be prevented through ergonomic workplace layout…

Slow and steady wins the safety race!

Using Four-Wheel Carts in the Roofing Trade: This animation recreates the real-life story of a roofer who ruptured his Achilles tendon while maneuvering a heavily loaded cart.  Three solutions are recommended with embedded scientific evidence showing that even a simple solution like team pulling could have prevented this injury.  The moral of the Tortoise and…

CM Faculty Research Updates

Ahmed Aziz published and presented “The USA PPP Payment Mechanisms – the Path Toward Comprehensive Systems” at the Construction Research Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bill Bender published “A Model for Collecting Replacement Cycles of Building Components: A Hybrid Approach of Indirect and Direct Estimations” in ASCE’s Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Carrie Dossick…

The Heartbeat of Health and Safety Episode 27: Interview w/ Dr. Lin, UW Construction Management Dept.

In this episode Rick and Don interview Dr. Ken-Yu Lin, an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Construction Management Department.  Dr. Lin heads up the Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health (CMOSH) Program, a new master’s degree program offered in partnership with the Northwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health. Listen to the interview…

Learning to Create a Better Built Environment: Chapter 8

VIEW BOOK The Global Collaboration initiatives related in this book are examples of how educators have experimented with different mechanisms to provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programmes through information and communication technologies. In many cases, these programmes have looked at the allied personal communication and collaboration skills that students of these subjects…

What can we do better? Convening the best minds to re-imaging capital construction at UW and WSU (2016)

Researchers at the Center for Education and Research in Construction supported an effort by UW and WSU to explore capital construction costs. DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPER Why do university buildings cost so much? Most capital project groups have a series of pat answers to this question, but at the UW and WSU we think it is…

Implications of New Construction Technology for Western Washington Mechanical Contractors (2011)

This research was supported through generous funding from the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington, the University of Washington Royalty Research Fund, the College of Built Environments and the Departments of Construction Management and Communication. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0823338. Any opinions, findings, conclusions…

Modular Prefabricated Residential Construction: Constraints & Opportunities (2013)

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT In 2012/2013, CERC received a Skanska Innovation Grant to study the potential for modular prefabricated construction for mid- to high-rise residential buildings in Seattle. The current practices in the construction industry are labor-intensive and surrounded by significant risks associated with market, site and weather conditions. In addition, the construction industry has been…

Developing Fall Protection Training Materials for Non-English Speaking and Illiterate Construction Workers

VIEW REPORT CREDITS (alphabetically): Associated General Contractors of Washington Computer Aided Engineering Group, Civil Engineering Department, National Taiwan University Department of Construction Management, University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington PRODUCTION TEAM: Project director: Dr. Ken-Yu Lin Project co-director: Dr. Giovanni Migliaccio Project assistant: Mr. Rahman Azari Project assistant:…