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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
National Safety Council Awards Individual Excellence With Five 2008 Distinguished Service to Safety Awards

Anaheim, CA — The National Safety Council announced today that five safety professionals have been awarded its 2008 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed on an individual safety professional by NSC in recognition of outstanding service to the field of safety and health.

The council will honor the five 2008 recipients during the opening session of its 96th Annual Congress & Expo in Anaheim, Calif.

Receiving this year’s Distinguished Service to Safety Awards are:

  • Stewart C. Burkhammer, Principle, Burkhammer Consulting Services (Damascus, Md.) – a dedicated advocate for safety and health in the field of construction, Burkhammer is a friend of NSC’s Construction Division.
  • W. Ben Hart, CMSP, Mine Safety Program Manager, Florida Department of Environmental Protection – a renown expert in mine safety and training, Hart has been an active NSC volunteer since 1990, most recently with its Business & Industry Division.
  • John Garzich, Manager, Corporate Health & Safety, FirstEnergy Corp. (Akron, Ohio) – a longtime leader in contractor safety and health, Garzich is a volunteer with NSC’s Utilities Division
  • Rose A. McMurray, Chief Safety Officer & Assistant Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – an outstanding professional in transportation safety, McMurray is an active volunteer with NSC’s Motor Transportation /Transportation Safety Division.
  • John J. Tulipana, Jr., Safety Chairman, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 2727 (Louisville, Ky.) – an established voice in industrial safety and health, Tulipana is a volunteer with NSC’s Labor Division.

The National Safety Council ( saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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