ASSE San Diego Chapter Honors the San Diego Union Tribune’s David Ferguson as Safety Professional of the the Year
DES PLAINES, IL (December
27, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ San Diego Chapter recognized
David Ferguson CSP, REA, CEA, director of risk management for the San Diego
Union Tribune as their 2011 Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) at their member
appreciation luncheon on December 13th.
A long time member of ASSE, Ferguson has served for more
than 20 years as the chairperson for the chapter’s Job Line, a service for
local safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals to learn about
new job opportunities in their area.
In his role coordinating the Job Line, he has been a mentor
for safety professionals who are recent graduates or unemployed and has helped
employers match the right candidates with open positions in the SH&E field.
Ferguson has stayed primarily behind the scenes as a mentor
for San Diego area safety professionals, while effectively performing his
duties at the San Diego Union Tribune, where he successfully worked to advance
work place safety. Under his leadership, the Union Tribune saw a decrease in
work place injuries from 32 in 2009 to five in 2011.
“These are dramatic results that he has worked diligently to
maintain,” said Cait Casey, long time member and past chair of student
membership for ASSE’s San Diego Chapter, who along with ASSE San Diego Chapter
president Dan Hopwood presented Ferguson with his SPY award. “He really figured
out how to go in and correct the safety culture.”
In addition, Ferguson has initiated several environmental
initiatives including a successful recycling program for the newspapers’
shipping palattes and plastic wrap.
In 2004, Ferguson’s safety expertise combined with his
compassion proved extremely valuable to his community of Tierrasanta, CA which
experienced extensive damage during the San Diego wildfires.
Ferguson joined the community emergency response team and
his safety background has proved helpful in the various fire/safety/rescue
hazards this team trains to respond to.
In addition, he serves on the Tierrasanta Community Services
and Safety Committee, where on his own time he inspects streets and sidewalks
for safety issues, and initiated its Safe-to-School campaign.
Ferguson has a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a
Master’s in health science from San Diego State University.
ASSE’s San Diego Chapter serves community safety leaders as a
resource of safety, health, and environmental information and guidance. Chapter
member safety professionals work in diverse industries ranging from non-profit,
government, education and for-profit companies. Vist www.sandiegoasse.org for more
Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 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
view ASSE’s ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ video at www.asse.org/newsroom.