Critical Conversations and Key Warning Signs (Construction and General Industry)

Human factors are key considerations to predict serious injuries and fatalities. This module synthesizes the Precursor Analysis module, providing a peer-to-peer conversation or self-assessment tool prior to work starting.

Apply a new technique

Check for key warning signs before starting work

Based on years of research and industry collaboration

We spend a lot of time planning our work, but we sometimes neglect the human factors related to safety. Learn how to have critical conversations to expose warning signs that could lead to a serious injury or fatality.


Critical Conversations and Key Warning Signs


  • Introduction to Critical Conversations and Key Warning Signs FREE PREVIEW
  • Process and Key Warning Signs
  • Critical Conversation Example
  • Critical Conversation Example Review
  • Implementing Critical Conversations and Conclusion
  • Quiz - Critical Conversations
  • Critical Conversations Discussion Prompts

About Your Instructor

Matthew Hallowell

Matthew Hallowell


Dr. Matthew Hallowell is a President’s Teaching Scholar and Endowed Professor of Construction Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned a BS and MS in Civil Engineering and a PhD with a focus on Construction Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health. Before his academic career, he worked in construction as a laborer, project engineer, and quality inspector.

Dr. Hallowell specializes in construction safety research, with an emphasis on the science of safety. He collaborates with companies and industry associations like the Edison Electric Institute, Project Leadership Institute, Canadian Pipeline Association, and the INGAA foundation. For his research, he has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Construction Industry Institute Outstanding Researcher Award.


Explain the key warning signs of serious injuries and fatalities

Observe a conversation to identify any warning signs

Assess if work is safe to start


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