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WISE Honors SC’s Sofie Collins as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

Posted in on Tue, Aug 23, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored 100 women from around the world for making a difference in safety, health and the environment (SH&E).  Sofie Collins of Sumter, SC, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment.

Collins currently works at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC, and works diligently to protect worker safety and health. Due to her efforts, she and her team have been awarded with two safety coins from the Navy Skipper of Jacksonville, FL, for working to reduce injuries and illnesses.  Collins has an M.S. in safety and environmental engineering from Texas A&M University.

Collins began her career in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field after a near-miss safety incident on the job.  One summer morning, a truck had arrived at a job site with a water pump that weighed more than 1,000 pounds.  After chaining the water pump to the backhoe, the backhoe operator did not wait for Collins to move out of the way and lifted the pump above her.  She had moments to react before the chain holding the water pump broke, falling and knocking her hard hat off of her head, missing her by inches.  This safety incident sparked her desire to pursue a career in the field and actively sought out mentors to help her achieve her goals.  Her safety philosophy is that leadership, commitment and vision are required to establish, implement and sustain safety programs in an organization, and continuous improvement can only be accomplished through team building, awareness and participation by the entire workforce.

The ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors women who have dedicated their careers to promoting innovation in safety, health and environmental issues.  The valuable contributions of women to the SH&E profession have been recognized through this project and later this year WISE will consolidate the profiles of all 100 honorees into a single publication, titled 100 Women, Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession as part of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th anniversary.

WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in the SH&E profession.  For more information about WISE and upcoming events, please visit

Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the 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, healthcare and education.  For more information, please go to and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to



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