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Construction Safety Key Conference Topic

April 10, 2006

Fatal work injuries in the construction sector rose eight percent in 2004, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; fatal falls increased by 17 percent, reflecting increases in the number of fatal falls from ladders and roofs; and, fatal work injuries resulting from being struck by an object rose 12 percent in 2004, the third leading cause of on-the-job deaths.

The first annual Mid-Atlantic Conference on Construction Safety, scheduled to be held on May 4, 2006, at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland, will address these issues. It is a regionally coordinated educational and networking conference featuring key speakers and presentations aimed at helping owners, managers, supervisors and safety professionals enhance their knowledge of construction safety with updates on new technology and processes. The conference is sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington and Virginia, the Associated General Contractors of Metropolitan Washington, the D.C. Metropolitan Subcontractors Association, the Washington Metro Area Construction Safety Association and the Chesapeake Region Safety Council.

Keynote speakers for the conference will be Janine Reid, President, Janine Reid Group, Inc. and Dan Murphy, VP-LOB Product Management – Construction. Breakout sessions will be led by F. Robb Altenburg, Smithsonian Institution, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist; Anthony Gilmour, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority, Director of Loss Control; Mike McCarroll, President, ProSafe Solutions; Michael A. Youngblut, Producer, Hess, Egan, Hagerty & L’Hommedieu, Inc.; James Brown, Associated General Contractors of Indiana, Inc., Director of Safety and Health; Harry W.Galer, CMSP, Zurich Services Corp., Inc.; and attorneys Christopher L. Grant, Rachel Schaffer and Geoffrey S. Gavett from the Construction Safety Liability and Risk Control Roundtable.

Conference information and registration forms are available by calling 1-800-875-4770. Registration fees are $150 per person until 4/30, $175 on 5/1-5/4.

Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE has 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioner members located globally. Each year ASSE sponsors NAOSH Week (April 30 – May 6, 2006) to raise public awareness of the importance of workplace safety. Events occur countrywide. Go to www.asse.org/naosh06 for more information on NAOSH and construction safety.

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