For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413,
Des Plaines, IL (February 23, 2007) — From a work safely cartoon strip to safety in action at the Sugar Beet Factory, the winners of the 5th annual American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) kids' 'Safety-on-the-Job' poster contest illustrated how to be safe at work in many creative ways. This week the winning posters selected from five age groups aged 5-14 were from Ohio, Colorado, Oman and Mississippi. Their posters will be featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) 2007 poster distributed worldwide as part of the May 6 –12, 2007 NAOSH Week and May 9 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.

The first place winners of the ASSSE poster contest are -- ages 5-6: Madyson Warren, 6, Conehatta, Mississippi, for 'Think Safe, Be Safe'; ages 7-8: Joel Adkins, 8, Marengo, Ohio, for 'Be Careful Around Moving Equipment'; ages 9-10: Gabriella (Abby) Corrigan, 10, Denver, Colorado, for 'Safety in Action at the Sugar Beet Factory'; ages 11-12: Abby McDaniel, 11, New Carlisle, Ohio, for 'In a factory, you need to wear a helmet and safety glasses.'; and, ages 13-14: Deepika Rathna Gandhavalla, 14, Muscat, Oman, for 'Work Safely' cartoon strip.

The ASSE kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest is for members’ children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews aged 5-14 and is aimed at educating children at an early age on the importance of and how to be safe on the job. Winning posters best illustrate safety at work. In addition to winning a savings bond and being featured on the NAOSH 07 poster, the poster contest winners, runners-up and all entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 07 national kick-off events Monday, May 7 at the U.S. Department of Labor and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with ASSE, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) officials and OSHA Alliance members representing more than 134,000 businesses.
Due to the growth of the contest, ASSE expanded the awards to include third and fourth place winners – all receiving savings bonds. Those runners up include -- ages 5-6: second place – Rachel Patterson, 5, Waterloo, Illinois, third place – Abigail (Abby) Helser, 6, Portage, Wisconsin, fourth place – Lauren Young, 6, Rescue, California; ages 7-8: second place -- Amanda Moore, 8, Boise, Idaho, third place – Morgan E. Andersen, 7, Eau Claire, WI, fourth place – Haley Bock, 7, Apex, North Carolina; ages 9-10: second place -- Stephen J. Benigno, 10, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, third place – Jessica Attig, 9, Milton, Vermont, fourth place – Devon Tapp, 10, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; ages 11-12: second place – Jami Kunde, 11, Bloomington, Illinois, third place – Emily Jensen, 11, Springfield, Oregon, fourth place – V. V. Praveen, 12, Kuwait, Kuwait; and, ages 13-14: second place – Sravya Khasnavees, 13, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, third place – Lia Yateman, 13, Henderson, Nevada and fourth place – Aaron Trites, 14, Omaha, Nebraska.
For NAOSH 07 participation information and the poster please go to To order a copy of the NAOSH 07 poster contact ASSE at

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