Semonisck Recognized by Fellow ASSE CO Members
Des Plaines, IL (January 26, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Colorado chapter recently honored Mark F. Semonisck, CSP, AVP, with the annual Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award for his ongoing contributions to his community and his commitment to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE is a 99-year-old safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional members located worldwide.
Semonisck joined ASSE as a student member in 1979 and became a professional member in 1980. He served as president of the Colorado Chapter from 2006-2007 and has a B.S. degree with a Fire Science minor and an M.S. degree in Industrial Safety Engineering from Central Missouri State University.
Semonisck is an assistant vice president and senior loss control consultant for Lockton Companies, LLC, in Denver. He provides loss control services to clients, including safety program management and construction safety subject matter expertise and assists clients in organizing their safety efforts and program implementation. Semonisck is also active in the Denver Local-Regional Construction Industry Safety Community.
In 2009, while visiting a construction site where students in Pickens Technical College’s Home Construction Program were building a house, he and another ASSE member, Mary Lee Gibson, noticed several students working at the site were wearing tennis shoes instead of appropriate footwear-sturdy work boots, which protect workers from injuries. They organized a program at Lockton to raise money to purchase work boots for the disadvantaged students in the school’s construction classes and later expanded it to include the automotive programs. Lockton and Gibson raised enough money to purchase 70 pairs of boots for students. The students were pleased and also responded by sending thank you notes.
“Mark singularly drove Lockton’s program to provide safety equipment donations to the Pickens Technical School. The program will have a long lasting impact on both these students and local workplaces,” Christine Sullivan, CSP, ASSE member, and Semonisck’s supervisor at Lockton Companies. “What is also exciting is that Mark’s father was also a very celebrated safety professional. Robert Semonisck, Ph.D., CIT, was an ASSE vice president of the finance and professional development committees and received the Society’s highest honor – Society Fellow.”
The SPY awards, voted on by peers, are given annually to the most outstanding safety professionals for contributions to service and leadership within their regions and chapters – for “making a difference”. There are eight ASSE regions, each containing anywhere from 15 to 20 chapters. ASSE members volunteer their time to assist their chapters and the society in promoting work safety and the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession.
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 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/newsroom.