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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307

National Safety Council presents Distinguished Service to Safety Awards
Individuals honored for their commitment to safety and health

Philadelphia – Today, the National Safety Council recognized five individuals with the highest honor it bestows on safety professionals. The Distinguished Service to Safety Award is presented annually to individuals who, throughout their careers, have demonstrated outstanding service to the field of safety and health. 

NSC honored these five recipients at the Opening Session of its annual Congress & Expo – the largest gathering of safety and health professionals. Honorees are nominated either by one of the NSC occupational volunteer groups or the Board of Directors. 

“We are pleased to recognize the lifetime commitment to safety and health these DSSA recipients have demonstrated. Similar to the mission of the Council, each of these honorees have dedicated their lives to preventing injuries and deaths,” said Janet Froetscher, National Safety Council president and CEO. 

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

Joseph A. Branco, CSP, CUSA
Corporate Safety Manager
Quanta Services, Inc.
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Utilities Division

Gary Catapano
Sr. Vice President of Safety
FirstGroup, North American Operations
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Transportation Division

J. Terrence Grisim, CSP, CDS, CPSM, ARM
Safety Management Consultants, Inc.
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Business & Industry Division

Lonnie Logan
Safety Chair
IBEW Local 1379
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Labor Division

David F. Matthes, CSP, CSHM
Corporate Safety Director
J.F. White Contracting Company, Inc.
Recognized for outstanding efforts within the Construction Division

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to make an impact where the most preventable injuries and deaths occur, in areas such as distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and beyond the workplace, particularly in and near our homes.

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