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American Society of Safety Engineers “100 Years” patch

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ASSE patch

Contributed by : Mike Voudouris, ASSE NYC Chapter

Object # 307

The American Society of Safety Engineers was founded from the ashes of the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, so our 100th anniversary is approaching, too. Our ASSE patch has our safety colors – teal and gold – and our motto on the 100th anniversary : Your safety is our business, your future is our mission.

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Commentary

As we approach March 25, 2011, and the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, we need to reflect on the 146 souls that were lost that day. We also need to reflect on the great progress that has been made in worker and workplace safety and health since then.
Unfortunately, this tragic event and others similar around the turn of the last century claimed lives, livelihoods and caused countless occupational injuries or illnesses to workers of all ages. But in a tragic irony, they were somehow necessary to stimulate the advancement of worker safety and health throughout the US and the world.
Safety and health professionals have learned great lessons from these events. We have and will continue to translate those lessons into actions which aim to prevent future tragedies.  Uncontrolled risk should not be afforded to any worker in any workplace in today’s technologically advanced world. One life lost or injured…is one too many!
- Sam Gualardo MA,CSP

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