Mast climbing work platforms are becoming more and more common on U.S. construction sites. Mast climbers have a power-driven work platform that climbs a vertical tower, allowing them to reach much higher and carry greater loads than traditional scaffolds. The goal of this program, funded by the Job-Site Safety Institute, is to improve worker safety while using mast climbing work platforms.
The Thomas R. Waters Memorial Scholarship for Ergonomics Research exists to increase the community of individuals trained in ergonomics with a focus on occupational safety and health. The Fund is established in memory of Thomas R. Waters, who passed away suddenly in October 2014.
Dr. Waters retired from CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the end of 2012, after a distinguished 24-year career in the field of occupational safety and health. His influential research on assessing the biomechanical demands of occupational lifting and manual material handling is internationally recognized. The broad impact of his research stretched across all industries and is particularly relevant to agriculture, manufacturing and healthcare.
A steadfast advocate for education, Dr. Waters frequently hosted numerous visiting scientists and international collaborators, as well as teaching individuals, academics, government organizations and worker groups about his research both domestically and internationally. Throughout his career, Dr. Waters attracted many recent graduates and new researchers into his program at CDC—mentoring and encouraging them to become life-long advocates for occupational safety and health.
In honor of his memory and legacy, this fund will continue to support the community of individuals trained in human factors or ergonomics with a focus on occupational safety and health. This memorial fund will annually provide a partial scholarship, the amount to be based on fund resources, to be awarded singularly to either a junior, senior, or graduate-level student conducting research in the areas described above. Qualified applicants must be enrolled in a college or university located within the United States, however U.S. citizenship is not a requirement. Further details on the scholarship program will be made available in early 2016.
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