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Posted in on Mon, Feb 27, 2006

DES PLAINES, IL (February 27, 2006) – What does safety mean to you? To a group of young children, winners of the annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest, safety is a top priority. ASSE members’ children aged 5-14 from North Carolina, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland and California are winners in the fourth annual ASSE poster contest with drawings titled: ‘Safety is as Simple as ABC’, ‘Be a Stranger to Danger’, ‘Safety Awareness Keeps You on Target,’ ‘The 3 Bs of Safety,’ and ‘Stay Safe, Everywhere.’

Each year ASSE holds its kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews aged 5-14 and selects a winner and a runner-up in February from each of the five age groups of the poster that best illustrates safety at work. The winners not only receive a savings bond, but are also featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) poster distributed worldwide and used as part of the NAOSH Week celebration which runs this year from April 30 – May 6. The winners, runners-up and all entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 06 national kick-off to be held Monday, May 1 at the U.S. Department of Labor and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with ASSE, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials and several OSHA Alliance members.

The winners of the 2006 ASSE NAOSH Week poster contest are — ages 5-6: Haley Bock, 6, Apex, North Carolina; ages 7-8: Abigail Chiles, 8, Eagle, Idaho; ages 9-10: Keaton Fuller, 9, Bloomington, Illinois; ages 11-12: Kayla Copperthite, 12, Westminister, Maryland; and, ages 13-14: Taylor NyBlom, 13, Ladera Ranch, California.

The poster contestants represent all states and enjoy several hobbies including: ballet, playing with friends, crafts, drawing, reading, basketball, soccer, dance, tennis, going to the “junkyard”, swimming, art, horseback riding, farming, gardening, violin, cooking, brain puzzles, piano, karate, volleyball, baseball, “little people toys”, music, camping, painting, playing with the dog, and frog hunting.

The sub-topics for the posters varied widely illustrating the knowledge the children have of what their parents, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, do every day. Safety topics included the dangers of driving while using cell phones, farm safety, fire safety at home and knowing the exits, pool safety, trench/excavation safety, the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), mining safety, electrical safety, working safe in winter, the dangers of working and alcohol, falls, lab safety, working safely around machines, crossing guard safety, “smoking can smoke you”, “protect your head or you’ll be dead”, lemonade stand safety, crane safety and always coming home to one’s family from work safe and healthy.

The runners-up, who also receive a prize, are — ages 5-6: Morgan Andersen, 6, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; ages 7-8: Daniel B. Hales, 8, Louisburg, North Carolina; ages 9-10: Liam Cavanaugh, 9, Maple Glen, Pennsylvania; ages 11-12: Allegra Trites, 11, Omaha, Nebraska; and, ages 13-14: Kaitlin Bressler, 13, Evansville, Wyoming.

Formed in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at and to participate in NAOSH Week go to .

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