Webinar: Helmets vs. Hardhats: Why helmets?

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According to research, construction workers sustain more traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) than workers at any other type of workplace. The study found that from 2003 to 2010, more than 2,200 construction workers died from TBIs with more than half resulting from a fall. As a result of these findings, coupled with personal experiences, a growing number of construction firms are revising existing personal protective equipment (PPE) policies to now require helmets on jobsites for all workers.

This webinar will cover the current OSHA requirements for head protection, the current consensus standards regulating the manufacturing and testing of industrial head protection, and the research that supports the movement to helmets as fall-related head protection. Two industry leaders engaged in this initiative – a general and specialty contractor – will discuss their journey, the influence the related research had on their internal policy decisions, and how they, and the industry, are moving forward.


Scott Greenhaus
Executive Vice President
Structural Group Inc.

Scott Greenhaus is currently the Executive Vice President of Structural Technologies headquartered in Columbia MD. Structural Technologies is a construction technology and service provider specializing in concrete repair, strengthening, protection and new construction products, systems and services throughout the United States and the Middle East. Mr. Greenhaus has a variety of roles for Structural Technologies including Project and Branch Management as well a past President of subsidiary post-tensioning company VSL. The company has grown from a 25-person company to 3000 employees and 35 offices.

Mr. Greenhaus graduated with degrees in Civil Engineering (82) and an MBA (86) from the University of Maryland. Mr. Greenhaus is a member of the University of Maryland School of Engineering and Civil Engineering Board of Visitors and has been on the Board of Directors of the Post-tensioning Institute (PTI), International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) and American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and served as the President of the ASCC Safety and Risk Management Council. He also is a member of ASCE, ACI, ANS, and ASSE. Mr. Greenhaus was also the past President of PTI and has chaired many committees in these trade and technical associations.

Cindy DePrater
Senior Vice President, Chief Environmental, Health, and Safety Officer
Turner Construction Company

Cindy is responsible for Turner Construction Company’s environmental, health, and safety program and activities worldwide and leads a group of over 380 EH&S professionals. Under her direction the team ensures full compliance with Turner’s internal policies and federal regulatory standards and best in class culture of safety through Building L.I.F.E. (Living Injury Free Every Day). She is responsible for analyzing the organization’s critical EHS requirements and KPIs, identifying potential opportunities and technology, building a highly qualified EHS organization, and developing innovative solutions that are implemented by the company and extended throughout the industry. She has formed strong sustainable relationships with OSHA, NIOSH, CDC, and other governmental agencies and sits on several national committees and advisory boards that influence and impact legislative action for worker health and safety.

Ms. DePrater has worked in many different capacities and leadership positions throughout her career in construction including estimating, purchasing, engineering, project management, environmental health and safety and her experience extends to work on judicial, sports, aviation, pharmaceutical, bio tech, industrial, manufacturing, retail, technology, healthcare, hospitality, museum and arts, and university type projects.

Ms. DePrater is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has numerous certifications and licenses and holds the distinction of registered ALCM (Associate of Loss Control Management) from Det Norske VERITAS.

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