Nipesh Pradhananga – who is an associate professor at the College of Engineering and Computing in the Moss Department of Construction Management – was awarded a total of $360,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The first grant ­— Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including COVID-19 — is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The second grant revolves around fall prevention and protection.

Both grants derive from the Susan Harwood Workplace Safety and Health Training program, named in honor of the late Susan Harwood, former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment. In her 17-year OSHA career, she helped develop federal standards to protect workers from bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.

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