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Alabama’s Helser to be honored in D.C., on Billboard For Winning Poster Contest — Her 5th Win

Posted in , on Fri, Apr 20, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org

DES PLAINES, IL (April 20, 2012) –  Abigail (Abby) Helser, 12, of Madison, AL,  won first place in the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 10th annual ASSE kids’ ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children aged 5-14 in the 11-12 age group for her poster titled ‘Safety Sam Wants You’.  This is the fifth time she has placed in this contest, out of thousands of entries from around the world.

The competition was stiff as ASSE received more than 2500 poster entries. And for Abigail, this is a major feat as she has placed almost every year she has entered the contest including winning first place in the 7-8 age group in 2009, and third place in the years 2007, 2008 and 2010. She is the only entrant to place in this contest five times. At the same time, Abigail and her parents were on a journey of their own, moving from Portage, WI, to Onancock, VA, and now to Madison, AL. Abigail is a student at Heritage Elementary school and was sponsored by her father who is now the explosives safety manager at the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center.

As a result of her win this year, Abigail will receive a $5,000 savings bond from ASSE and will be honored at the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., this May 7 as part of the annual ASSE North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH, May 6-12) Week kick-off events with local, state, federal and Canadian officials along with ASSE officials and other poster contest winners and their families. Events will also be held at the National Zoo and the U.S. National Gallery of Art. Abigail’s poster is also featured on the free NAOSH 2012 poster distributed worldwide which can be viewed at www.asse.org/naosh.

In addition, Abigail’s poster will be displayed on a roadway billboard in Madison, a donation from the Lamar Advertising Company. Abigail’s billboard is one of 11 that Lamar is donating around the country featuring winners of the ASSE kids’ safety-on-the-job poster contest. There are five grand prize winners in each of the five age groups and 15 runners up who also win savings bonds and have their posters displayed.

Currently, in the U.S. alone, more than 4500 workers died from on-the-job injuries in 2010 and millions more suffer on-the-job injuries and illnesses each year. The poster contest, NAOSH Week and the May 9 Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day are additional tools ASSE and its members use to educate businesses, workers, youth and the public about how to stay safe at work and its importance for businesses and for quality of life.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization. It is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education.  The posters can be viewed by going to www.asse.org/naosh . To get a free NAOSH poster contact ASSE at customerservice@asse.org or 847-699-2929. Go to www.asse.org/newsroom for more information.

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