Loughborough University is continuing to maintain its links to the recent Olympic games, as it appoints the Head of Occupational Health and Safety for the construction of the London 2012 Olympic Park as a visiting Professor at Loughborough University.

Lawrence Waterman OBE will be joining the University’s world-leading centre for research in the school of Civil and Building Engineering. During his time Loughborough University, Mr Waterman will present specialised lectures, research seminars, provide advice to the school’s student community and aid research initiatives with a health and safety focus.

Mr Waterman has previously been praised for his role in the London 2012 programme, which focused on the Olympic Park. This praise was justified through the lack of fatalities during the London 2012 construction project and an accident frequency rate which was much lower than the industry average, the equivalent to working in an office environment.

Mr Waterman has stated that: “Our work in constructing for London 2012 was all predicated on leaving a lasting legacy. I cannot think of a better way to embed the health and safety lessons we learned than by joining the world- class team at the School of Civil and Building Engineering. I’m very excited by the opportunities this gives me to contribute to teaching, research and the development of the next generation of industry leaders.”

The Dean of the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Professor Tony Thorpe, has added that: “We are delighted to welcome Lawrence to Loughborough. His contribution will be invaluable and we are all looking forward to working with him and learning from his extensive experience delivering world- leading occupational health and safety on major construction projects.”

Mr Waterman’s appointment as visiting professor at Loughborough University is one of many links that the University has maintained with London 2012 after the Olympics have finished. 


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