Edward Taylor's professional background includes construction engineering, professional engineering licensure
and advanced work in statistical analysis and business analytics. The Construction Industry
Research and Policy Center has been a contractor to the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour
Division (WHD) and OSHA for more than 20 years and during that time has performed numerous
studies analyzing, interpreting and reporting on large databases for both WHD and OSHA. During the
last 5 years at CIRPC, he has been the Project Director with the responsibility for over 10 million
dollars in contracts with the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and OSHA requiring
the creation of large and small databases, responding to requests for reports interpreting the data,
and providing select data from the data sets.
Having spent ten years in the bridge construction industry, Taylor has seen first-hand how
devastating occupational injuries can be. I have seen co-workers suffer broken legs, disabling knee
injuries, and amputations. He has also seen the effects of long-term exposure to noise and repetitive
motion manifest themselves in permanent hearing loss and carpal tunnel. He has also personally
experienced narrow escapes from serious injury in the workplace. He recognizes that current methods
of state-level injury surveillance typically underestimate non-fatal injuries and seldom capture illnesses.
The use of workers’ compensation data to supplement current tools potentially adds much to our
efforts to enhance workplace safety.