LTU prof gets grant to train small construction firms on COVID safety

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University is offering free COVID-19 safety training to construction firms with fewer than 100 employees under a grant from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The training will be offered on the east side of the state by Ahmed Al-Bayati, assistant professor of civil and architectural engineering at LTU. Construction firms interested in the free training should contact Al-Bayati at aalbayati@ltu.edu.

Ahmed Al-Bayati. Lawrence Technological University photo

“We are ready,” Al-Bayati said. “We have training materials ready to be delivered.”

The $24,980 MIOSHA grant will fund two-hour COVID-19 safety training sessions that can be in-person or online, as well as an online seminar that multiple firms may attend.

“Normally, smaller construction firms have limited resources, and limited funds and budget, to create and implement an effective safety program,” Al-Bayati said. “This free training will enable them to improve their overall safety performance. It’s very good of MIOSHA to try to reach smaller construction firms with this vital training.”

Under the grant, Al-Bayati will provide training on the east side of the state, while safety consultant Bruce Ladewski of Kalamazoo will provide training on the west side of the state.

Auxiliary aids, services, and other reasonable accommodations are available, upon prior request, to individuals with disabilities. Training will be available through August 2021.

Al-Bayati has more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry in diverse roles, from safety coordinator to site engineer. Prior to joining LTU, he was assistant professor in the Kimmel School of Construction Management at Western Carolina University. He earned a Ph.D. in construction engineering from Western Michigan University, a Master’s degree in construction management from East Carolina University, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Babylon University. His research focuses on construction safety, specializing in safety climate and safety culture, as well as construction process optimization to minimize underground utility strikes. He has published more than a dozen scholarly papers in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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