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20 November 2012 | PR 12/207

London 2012 health and safety expert joins Loughborough University

Izzy Jeffs

Lawrence Waterman

The head of occupational health and safety for the construction of the London 2012 Olympic Park has been appointed a visiting professor at Loughborough University.

Lawrence Waterman OBE will be joining the University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering, a world-leading centre for research.

Mr Waterman has been praised for his role in the London 2012 programme, which focused on the Olympic Park.  There were no fatalities during the construction project and an accident frequency rate much lower than the industry average, the equivalent to working in an office environment.

Whilst at the University he will deliver specialised lectures, research seminars, provide advice to the school’s student community and help steer research initiatives with a health and safety focus.

Professor Tony Thorpe, Dean of the School of Civil and Building Engineering, said: “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 added: “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.”

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 12 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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