Construction Safety Lab to Open in Oregon

April 22, 2015

In an effort to combat the risk of injury to workers in construction, Knife River Corporation and MDU Construction Services Group have  joined forces with the College of Engineering at Oregon State University to develop one of the world’s leading facilities for improving safety for construction workers and the general public.

The college is located in Corvallis, Ore. According to the university, a $1 million grant from Knife River and MDU will help support the creation of the facility, which will be called the MDU Resources Group Construction Safety Laboratory.

“This lab establishes us as the principal national facility for construction and transportation safety research and education,” said Dean and Kearney Professor of Engineering at the OSU College of Engineering Scott Ashford.

The facility will allow the school to continue to advance jobsite processes and technologies that will work to prevent injuries to workers on the job.

Once completed, the lab will boast two areas for the creation of a virtual construction environment to help students replicate real-world job sites. Included will be an interactive, high-definition projection system that will allow users to perform sample work operations without putting workers in dangerous situations that could cause injury. A connected driving simulator to evaluate driver and worker actions when vehicles drive through a work zone will also be built at the facility.