Excellence in Workplace Safety Recognized: 2008 Saxcie™ Winners Named

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SafetyXChange.org names the winners of the 2008 international safety industry awards program, the Saxcies™. This year's winners include Idaho National Laboratory-Battelle Energy Alliance and the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing for excellence in safety program development and corporate leadership.

Two companies and four individuals have been recognized for leadership and excellence at an annual international competition designed to reward workplace health and safety champions.

SafetyXChange.org presented the Saxcie™ awards at a reception in Las Vegas on June 10, 2008. Here are the winners:

  • Barry Weissman received SafetyXChange Contributor of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the SafetyXChange community.
  • Idaho National Laboratory-Battelle Energy Alliance was awarded Safety Program of the Year for excellence in safety program development demonstrated in its Community Involvement Program.
  • Laureen Bertling of Wm. Schmidt Mechanical Contractors Ltd. and Thomas E. Kramer of LJB Inc. were named Safety Trainers of the Year for their exemplary leadership in the field of safety training.
  • Juan Trillo of Fluor/Trend Western, who demonstrated extraordinary personal commitment to safety when he helped to rescue an individual from a burning vehicle, was awarded Safety Hero of the Year.
  • For corporate leadership and commitment to safety as a business imperative, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing received the highest recognition: The Henshaw Award for Corporate Leadership in Safety.

Photos of the ceremonies and details of the winners' achievements can be found on the Saxcies™ webpage at http://www.safetyxchange.org.

The Saxcies™ Recognize Those Behind the Scenes:
With the Saxcies™, SafetyXChange.org has created the only international safety industry awards program that honors both individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement in occupational health and safety.

"The Saxcies™ aren't like other awards ceremonies," says Glenn Demby, Editor-in-Chief of SafetyXChange. "We don't bestow honors on actors, singers, athletes or any of those other figures who already get more than their fair share of the world's attention. The men and women we honor ply their trade behind the scenes. Their names, faces and accomplishments are unknown."

According to Demby, the safety professional is not out for recognition. "On the contrary," he stresses, "a safety professional fully understands that obscurity is the reward for a job well done. After all, if a safety director's picture appears on the news, it's almost always because something went terribly wrong."

Recognition, though, is long overdue. "The world would be a much better place if we took a moment to recognize safety professionals for their success and stopped to reflect how much that success means not only to us but the people we love," says Demby. "And that's why we created the Saxcies."

About the Award:
Saxcie™ award recipients were presented with a replica of a helmet worn by the warriors of the Greek city-state of Corinth in approximately 500 BC. "The helmet symbolizes civic commitment and a pledge to sacrifice for the security of the community," explains Demby. "It's also a symbol of enlightenment that artists of the time displayed in their depictions of Ancient Greece's leading thinkers, including Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. "

About SafetyXChange.org:
SafetyXChange.org has had unprecedented success in attracting large numbers of loyal members to its online community, fostering a dialog to promote fresh thinking and insight on safety issues.

Approximately 15,000 international members participate in the forum, receive the free daily e-newsletters and access more than 500 articles and tools in the archives. Additional information about SafetyXChange.org and the Saxcies™ is available on their website at http://www.safetyxchange.org.

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