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Family of IL/FL ASSE Member, Crane Accident Victim, Donate $94K to Foundation for Grant in His Honor

Posted in on Mon, Oct 12, 2009

Des Plaines, IL (October 12, 2009) — The family of American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) member Terrance M. Hennessy, CSP, ALCM, ARM, AMIM, CHSP, who lost his life in a tragic crane accident last year in Miami, FL, helped raise funds of $94,000 in total for the ASSE Foundation to fund a professional development grant in Hennessy’s honor. The $5,000 Terrance M. Hennessy Professional Development Grant will be awarded annually to safety, health, and environmental professionals for programs such as the ASSE certification prep workshop for the ASP, CSP, CHST or OHST, BCSP certification fees, an ASSE seminar or symposia or the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference.

Family members who assisted with raising funds for this donation include son Michael Hennessy married to Julie, of Chicago, IL; daughter Kristine HennessySpeh, married to AJ Speh IV, with two sons — AJ Speh V and Jack Speh, of Jensen Beach, FL; and son Thomas Hennessy of San Diego, CA.

On March 25, 2008, Mr. Hennessy was on a routine construction site visit when a crane collapsed. The purpose of his visit was to provide risk and safety guidance aimed at preventing workplace injuries.

“In recognition of this accident, the Terrance M. Hennessy Professional Grant Program has been created to support the advancement of knowledge and skills of safety and risk professionals in hopes that future work site injuries and fatalities can be prevented,” said Hennessy’s son Michael.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) most recent data on crane incidents, there were 72 crane-related deaths in 2006, with an average of 78 crane-related deaths from 2003 – 2005. ASSE members note that crane accidents are more likely to cause injuries and/or death than most other types of equipment, according to statistics. It is also noted that comprehensive training programs for crane operators are a must when it comes to preventing fatalities and injuries.

“The generous contribution raised by the Hennessy family for the foundation will help safety and health professionals pursue continuing education opportunities and certifications,” ASSE Foundation Chair Eddie Greer, CSP, OHST, said. “The awarding of grants for professional development not only helps to educate safety and health professionals, but also helps raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety and health.”

Hennessy lived in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and was born in Oak Park, IL. He grew up in Maywood, IL, and attended Proviso East High School. He married and moved to Chicago, IL, for a short period of time before moving to Hinsdale, IL, where he and his wife Vincenza raised their three children.

Hennessy held the position of vice president in the risk consulting practice at Marsh and was a highly knowledgeable professional in the risk and safety industry. He studied engineering at Triton Community College as well as taking a number of graduate-level professional development curriculum courses enabling him to achieve a list of respected professional designations including: ALCM, ARM, AMIM, CHSP, and CSP.

Terrance Hennessy is survived by his three children who helped raise funds for the grant; mother Irene Hennessy of Portland, OR; his brother Thomas P. Hennessy of West Chicago, IL; and his sister Trish Hennessy, of Phillipsburg, NJ.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and 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

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