Professor Brian Kleiner from Virginia Tech recently visited RMIT, cementing a successful research collaboration that began six years ago.
Kleiner is the Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and Bogle Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech.
During his visit in August, members of the Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research gathered with other visiting academics at a lunch, discussing further collaboration as the Centre plans its strategy for the next five years.
Those present at the lunch were (from left to right in the photograph) Professor Brian Kleiner (Virginia Tech), Professor Nick Blismas (RMIT), Associate Professor Matt Hallowell (University of Colorado), Professor John Smallwood (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), Associate Professor Andrew Stranieri (Federation University), Dr Ehsan Gharaie (RMIT) and Professor Helen Lingard (RMIT).
The partnership between RMIT and Virginia Tech has led to the creation of an industry toolkit Engaging stakeholders in improving the quality of OSH decision-making in construction projects: Research to practice report, which was published in May this year.
Kleiner also presented at the 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 9–14 August, 2015.
Titled 'USA vs Australia matched case analysis for improved construction safety and health', his talk presented the findings of a five-year study sponsored by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.