Raleigh, N.C.-based Builders Mutual, a writer of commercial insurance for the construction industry in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, has announced the establishment of the Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting safety research for residential and commercial job-sites to produce studies that improve safety and protect lives.

Grants from JSI will help conduct research to produce studies that guide safety practices, set new safety standards, and influence worker behavior on jobsites. Study results will be shared through a variety of media, including published studies, training videos, and online resources. JSI will make practical industry recommendations based on these studies as well, says Mike Gerber, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Builders Mutual.

JSI will also seek to create strong national partnerships with educational institutions, industry regulators, safety-focused organizations, and building associations across the country. Current JSI partnerships include the National Association of Home Builders, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, East Carolina University Department of Construction Management, the North Carolina Department of Labor, and the North Carolina Home Builders Association.

“With our decades of experience in home building and construction, Builders Mutual recognizes the significance of and need for JSI, and we are dedicated to its mission of eliminating or reducing all job-site related injuries and deaths through promoting its research and related activities,” says Bill Schaffner, director of risk management at Builders Mutual.