ASSE Members Mourn the Tragic Loss of New Mexico Member Manuel Campos Jr. in a Car Crash
|Des Plaines, IL (May 13, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) is saddened by the loss of dedicated ASSE member, husband, father and grandfather Manuel Campos Jr., in a roadway crash on Friday, May 7, in Las Cruces, NM. According to reports, a westbound driver on U.S. 70, alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol, made an improper lane change and struck another westbound vehicle, causing both vehicles to move across the median into eastbound traffic where the vehicle operated by the suspected drunk driver collided with an eastbound tractor-trailer and then Campos’ vehicle. Campos was known and respected by thousands of ASSE’s occupational safety, health and environmental members who are saddened by the loss of a committed safety professional in the type of tragic accident Campos spent his career working to prevent.
Campos, known by many as “Manny,” entered the field of occupational safety and health by chance after an auto accident over 20 years ago, when he left college and applied the technical knowledge from his education while working in safety for a construction contractor at White Sands. His most recent position was with the City of Las Cruces, NM, as a safety officer, leading the city’s efforts to create a safety culture through directly mentoring assigned departments, including city police, utility, legal and public works.
During his ASSE membership, Campos was instrumental in the formation of the Zia Section in Las Cruces, NM, and in organizing the section’s first professional development conference and golf tournament. He was recognized as the New Mexico Chapter’s 2008-2009 Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) for his outstanding accomplishments in preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace and raising awareness of being safe at work in his community.
ASSE members note that this tragic accident serves as a reminder that roadway safety is of utmost importance and accidents such as this are preventable. Since 1992 transportation incidents continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths. In addition to the intangible costs of accidents such as grief, the overall price tag for transportation crashes in the U.S. each year is $170 billion dollars (according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration -NHTSA). These costs represent about $1,000 per person each year for property damage — to streets, lamp-posts, guardrails, emergency services, court costs, insurance administration and much more. For more information on this go to www.asse.org/newsroom.For more information about the New Mexico Chapter and to view an article honoring Manny Campos as the 2008-2009 Chapter Safety Professional of the Year, please visit http://newmexico.asse.org.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.