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Rutgers: Center Awarded OSHA Susan Harwood Training Program Grant

The Rutgers School of Public Health Center for Public Health Workforce Development is the proud recipient of its tenth consecutive U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Susan Harwood Training Program Grant.  Dr. Koshy Koshy, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, is the principal investigator.

Through this grant, the Center will develop and deliver hazard recognition training to workers on the nature of crane, rigging, and heavy equipment.  Approximately 500 construction employers and workers in New York and New Jersey will be trained through this program.

“In one of the most active regions in the country, deadly crane incidents continue to occur,” states Dr. Koshy. “Victims are often not directly involved with the crane activity. Simply put, hoisting equipment, materials and, on occasion people, requires extensive planning where a cut and paste hazard analyses is completely intolerable. Managers and workers need to know the hazards associated with hoisting activities and understand how to plan and control for such dangers as adverse underground conditions, rigging errors, overhead powerlines, incorrect crane configurations, and the harmful effects of weather conditions that lead to crane failures.”

Annually, the Rutgers School of Public Health Center for Public Health Workforce Development trains over 3,000 students in the recognition, avoidance and prevention of environmental and occupational safety and health hazards.

Drs. Megan Rockafellow Baldoni, Mitchel Rosen, and Derek Shendell are collaborates on the grant along with Center staff instructors Mr. Hassim Mohammed and Mr. Michael Presutti.

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