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Safety Training for Students Engaged in Service Learning Projects

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Construction Division Technical Session 4: Capstone, Safety and Beyond

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Construction Engineering

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Robert Alan Bugg P.E. Auburn University

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Alan Bugg recently joined the faculty of the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University as an assistant professor. Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn, he worked for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers in a variety of positions for over 33 years. Most recently, he served as the Area Engineer at Fort Benning, Georgia where he directed a staff of 40 engineers and technicians and was responsible for the execution of a construction program averaging $200 million per year. Mr. Bugg earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering in 1983, a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2003, and a master’s degree in Building Construction in 2011, all from Auburn University. Mr. Bugg is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a certified DBIA Design-Build Professional, and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).

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Wesley Collins Auburn University

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Wesley Collins is an assistant professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University. Dr. Collins completed his PhD in Construction Management at Arizona State University in 2015, and was awarded the Outstanding CII Graduate Research Assistant Award from the Construction Industry Institute for his doctoral research. Dr. Collins has over 15 years of experience as a construction professional and academic. He spent his professional career working as an estimator and project manager, managing a variety of projects across the United States. As an academic, he has published papers at national and international conferences, and in academic journals.

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There is a growing trend for colleges and universities to include service learning in their curriculums or as extracurricular activities. These service learning programs often include performing construction service projects both inside and outside the United States. At Auburn University, hundreds of students from all majors participate in these projects. While students in engineering and construction management often receive construction safety training, students from other curriculums do not. As a result, students performing service learning projects engage in unsafe practices and take unnecessary risks due to a lack of education and training. To address this training gap, honors students performing service learning were provided OSHA training from certified OSHA instructors. At the conclusion of the training, students that successfully completed all training requirements were issued an OSHA 10-hour card. Participating students completed a series of survey questions prior to the OSHA training to assess their knowledge of construction safety. After the completion of the training and after participation in their service-learning project, the students completed a second survey in order to assess the effectiveness of the program. This paper describes in detail the design and implementation of the safety training program for service learning students as well as an analysis of the program’s effectiveness.

Bugg, R. A., & Collins, W. (2018, June), Safety Training for Students Engaged in Service Learning Projects Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30947

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