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Lamar Donates Billboard Space Featuring Am. Society of Safety Engineers’ Winning Kids’ Posters Countrywide

Posted in on Fri, May 13, 2011

For Immediate Release                                                              Contact:  Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org            

DES PLAINES, IL (May 13, 2011) ––In honor of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 9th annual kids’  ‘safety-on-the-job’ poster contest and ASSE’s 100th anniversary, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, in conjunction with CBS Outdoor and Clear Channel Outdoor, generously donated 15 large billboards featuring 11 winning posters in the hometowns of the young artists, some towns with multiple billboards of one winner. This was also in support of the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week that took place May 1-7, aimed at increasing awareness of how to stay safe on the job.  This is the third year in a row Lamar has supported NAOSH Week efforts, the poster contest and in bringing pride to the communities, as the billboards are located countrywide. 

“This is going above and beyond and takes the contest to another level. The children, the families and their communities are thrilled to see the art work of one of their own featured so prominently in their community,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, said.  “When people see the billboards they not only join in celebrating the child’s win, but think about the message the children are sending with their posters about how to be safe at work.  

“With the help of Chuck Wigger, the Lamar Outdoor Advertising safety director and ASSE member, and the safety directors at CBS and Clear Channel, we can help save lives and prevent injuries. We truly appreciate the ongoing support Lamar has shown for work safety, the profession, NAOSH Week and the annual safety-on-the-job poster contest,” Hill noted.

The billboard locations and the young artist featured are: 

1.         Alabama, Madison: Robin Newman, Age 14, 1st place in the 13-14 age group.

2.         Florida, Kissimmee: Camille De Soto, Age 6, 2nd place winner in the 5-6 age group.

3.         Georgia, Conyers: Laurel Holmes, Age 12, 4th place in the 11-12 age group. 

4.         Kentucky, Louisville: Da’moreon Travis, Age 10, 2nd place winner in the 9-10 age group.

5.         New Jersey, Oakland: Siena Mayer-Costa, Age 12, 2nd place in the 11-12 age group.

6.         New York, Greenwich: Erin Carr, Age 13, 2nd place winner in the 13-14 age group.

7.         Pennsylvania, Effort: Olivia Getz, Age 9, 3rd place in the 9-10 age group.

8.         Pennsylvania, Millersville: Lily Sugra, Age 7, 3rd place in the 7-8 age group.

9.         Virginia, Strasburg: Tiffany Heishman, Age 10, 1st place in the 9-10 age group.

10.       Virginia, Winchester:  Taylin Crosen, Age 10, 4th place in the 9-10 age group.

This year, ASSE received more than 2,000 entries from around the world in its annual poster contest, a special year as ASSE celebrates its 100th anniversary of protecting people, property and the environment.  The NAOSH kick-off and poster contest recognition events in Washington, D.C., May 1 and 2,  featured ASSE members,  poster contest winners, entrants, their families from around the country,  officials from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and 50 other trade organizations representing close to 200,000 companies.  Events were held at the National Zoo, the DOL, the U.S. Capitol and the National Gallery of Art.  NAOSH Week is one of the many tools ASSE and its members use to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety and health.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  Its close to 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 and photos of the billboards, please go to www.asse.org/naosh11 and to view the new ‘ASSE A Century of Safety’ film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety .  For more information go to www.asse.org/newsroom.

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