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A UT center dedicated to construction safety research to reduce injuries and fatalities has received $20,000 to further its work.

The UT Construction Industry Research and Policy Center recently received the gift from Amerisure Insurance Company. The center is based in the College of Business Administration. Amerisure provides workers’ compensation and general liability insurance for many construction contractors.

The money will allow the center to fund impromptu projects, said Executive Director Ed Taylor.

This is the center’s first partnership with a private company, he said.

CIRPC’s research examines the most prevalent construction injuries and fatalities based on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s statistical data and works to enhance the operations of various government programs that focus on construction. Recent projects include the national Stop Construction Falls campaign, electrocution prevention, and a research paper on the effectiveness of OSHA’s ten-hour training.

For more information about the center, visit the website.


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,

Ed Taylor (865-974-8117,