McWhorter Endowed Chair and School Head
One of the three parts of the Auburn University mission is Outreach. The McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University highly values the close relationship it has held for more than fifty years with the construction industry. Outreach is another way for the school to give something back to the industry that has so generously supported it. Through seminars and online courses, the school hopes to extend its expertise about learning to the construction industry.
The Alabama Construction Industry Fund was established in 1991 when a bill was signed into law, which allocated funding from the Alabama contractors license fee to support construction education in the state. Auburn's McWhorter School of Building Science has been a major beneficiary of this funding. The CIF has provided seed money for several development efforts in the school.
An eleven-lesson tutorial based on the latest OSHA requirements for construction excavation safety. The purpose of this tutorial is to teach safe trenching practices, in a modern format, taking advantage of the multimedia and hyper-linking capabilities of the World Wide Web. You will be introduced to the dangers of construction excavations using newspaper accounts of recent trenching accidents from around the US. The mechanics of trench cave-ins, the potential hazards to workers, the OSHA requirements on excavation safety, and protective systems used to avoid trench cave-ins and protect workers from harm are also explained. The tutorial makes extensive use of images, digital video, and examples of good and bad practices to bring this important subject to life.