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Posted in on Wed, Feb 1, 2006

Des Plaines, IL (February 1, 2006) —Over 100 Kentucky high school students recently received important workplace safety training from members of the Murray State University (MSU) Student Section of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Students attending the Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center received safety training on general workplace requirements and regulations, electrical safety, fire protection, emergency preparedness, machine guarding, use of personal protective equipment and walking/working surfaces (slip, trip and fall prevention).

“Thanks to the efforts of the MSU Student Section of ASSE, 118 high school students received vital safety training to help protect their lives and the lives of their fellow workers now and throughout their careers,” said Dr. David Fender, faculty advisor for the MSU Student Section of ASSE and a professor in the MSU Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

Dr. Fender and several MSU student members who are Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) authorized trainers, conducted the 10-hour General Industry Occupational Safety and Health Training Course for high school students enrolled in the auto mechanics, machine tool and welding program. Carpentry students at the center also received training as part of the OSHA 10-hour Construction Occupational Safety and Health Course. The students also learned about fall protection systems and equipment, including training on how to properly use and wear the equipment to prevent falls. 815 fatal falls occurred in 2004, which represents the highest annual total ever for falls recorded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In recent years the MSU Student Section of ASSE was recognized for its work with the local community in promoting workplace safety and health, receiving the 2004 Outstanding Student Section Award co-sponsored by ASSE and the Mine Safety Appliances Company. For more information about the MSU Student Section of ASSE visit

Founded 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. Focusing on teen workplace safety, ASSE is sponsoring North American Occupational Safety and Health Week ( this April 30-May 6. ASSE also serves as secretariat on several American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards committees including the A10 series of construction and demolition safety requirements and the Z359.1 standard, which provides workplace safety guidelines to prevent injuries and fatalities from falls. For more information check ASSE’s website at

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