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Author: David V. MacCollum

Mr. David V. MacCollum, P.E., originally worked as a risk taker in the early 1940s, and as a self-trained heavy equipment operator of cranes, tractors, and scrapers in the South Pacific during World War II. During his summer vacations from Oregon State University, he worked in the logging industry.

He holds a BS degree from Oregon State University at Corvalis, Oregon, and has continued his education at the University of Washington, New York University, and at many other Army Services schools addressing different facets of system safety engineering.

He was employed by the State of Oregon Industrial Accident Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Sixth Army with the 4th/32nd Division and 2nd Easc. Engineers Battalion, the Evaluation Command Electronic Proving Ground, and the Army Strategic Communications Command, until retiring from the public sector in 1972. He currently runs a private consulting practice, and is an internationally known lecturer and author.

He was a member of the U.S. Department of Labor Construction Safety Advisory Committee, and has presented testimony before the U.S. Senate Safety Investigative Committees and in both Federal and State Courts around the country. In 2000, he founded the Hazard Information Foundation, Inc. (HIFI), a not-for-profit public service organization that addresses the state-of-the-art inherently safe design, the promotion of safety appliances, and conducts safety engineering think-tanks. He is a licensed engineer in Arizona (Industrial) and California (Safety). He is a member of many professional engineering and safety organizations.

Building Design and Construction Hazards

Building Design and Construction Hazards

The role of the engineer either as a designer or construction manager generally provides the best opportunity to identify the hazards that cause injury or damage. Part of this task includes ensuring for design features and modifications that will minimize hazardous conditions during construction and life of the structure. Identifying the hazards that most commonly endanger the users during the life cycle of the building facility is the primary objective of this book. This objective is accomplished by instructing the engineer how to sidestep these hazards at the time of design and construction. This book delves into the cause of many hazards common to construction, including fire, maintenance, mold, structural failure, and operational conditions and details ways to minimize or avoid these conditions, reducing the possibility of injury and damage. More info →
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