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Wisconsin Kid Third Place Winner In Sixth Annual American Society of Safety Engineers International ‘Safety-On-The-Job’ Poster Contest
Portage, WI (March 12, 2008) — Illustrating how to be safe at work in a creative way, Abigail Helser, age seven, of Portage, WI recently won third place in the sixth annual American Society of Safety Engineers kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest in the 7-8 age category. The winning posters were selected from five age groups aged 5-14 and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) 2008 poster distributed worldwide as part of the May 4-10, 2008 NAOSH Week and May 7 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.

The ASSE kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest is for members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as member-sponsored schools and organizations, aged 5-14 and is aimed at educating children at an early age on the importance of and how to be safe at work. Winning posters best illustrate workplace safety. In addition to winning a savings bond and being featured on the NAOSH 08 poster, the poster contest winners, runners-up and all entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 08 national kick-off events Monday, May 5 in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Labor and in the U.S. Capitol. In addition, this year there will be a special two-hour family activity held at the National Gallery of Art, along with a behind-the-scenes tour. ASSE, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) officials and OSHA Alliance members representing more than 134,000 businesses will participate.

Helser’s poster, titled ‘Stop Falling Down on the Job,’ won third place for best reflecting safety at work. Besides drawing, Helser likes reading, singing, swimming and playing the fiddle. She attends Fort Winnebago Elementary School in Portage, WI. ASSE Professional Member Christopher J. Helser, her father and a senior environmental and safety specialist at Alliant Energy’s 1023-megawatt Columbia Energy Center located just outside Portage, WI, sponsored Helser. Alliant Energy is an energy services provider with subsidiaries serving about one million electric and 400,000 natural gas customers in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. The Portage power plant supplies electricity to about one million customers in Wisconsin.

For NAOSH 08 participation information and the poster please go to To order a copy of the NAOSH 08 poster contact ASSE at

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