Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council has honored Joseph J. Ucciferro, outgoing NSC chairman of the board and retired president and CEO of Commercial and Private Sector Businesses at Day & Zimmermann, with the NSC Flame of Life Award. The award, which recognizes significant lifesaving contributions to safety, has been given out only twice in the past 40 years. During his term as NSC chairman from 2007 to 2010, Ucciferro led the development of a new strategy that defines how NSC will save an additional 10,000 lives and prevent 1 million injuries by 2014.
“Joe’s leadership as chairman was critical in refocusing NSC on those issues in which it can make the greatest impact in preventing injuries and deaths that occur in our workplaces, on the roads, and in our homes and communities,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of NSC. “His leadership led the Council to focus its resources on workplace safety, off-the-job safety, teen driving and distracted driving issues. We are very grateful for Joe’s leadership, passion, energy and dedication to safety that will save lives across the nation for years to come.”
Ucciferro joins an elite group of safety leaders who have been honored with the Flame of Life Award. In 1971, the award was given to the Ad Council for its focus on raising awareness about traffic safety. In 2006, the award was presented to seven principal leaders of the Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign for their work in saving lives associated with air bags and safety belt use.
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.