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October 16, 2008
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The family of American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) member Terrance M. Hennessy, CSP, ALCM, ARM, AMIM, CHSP, who lost his life in a tragic crane accident March 25 in Miami, Fla., contributed more than $40,000 to the ASSE Foundation to fund a professional development grant in Hennessy’s honor. The Terrance M. Hennessy Professional Development Grant in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded annually to safety, health and environmental professionals for programs such as the ASSE certification prep workshop for the ASP, CSP, CHST or OHST, BCSP certification fees, an ASSE seminar or symposia or the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference.

On March 25, 2008, Mr. Hennessy was on a routine construction site visit when a crane collapsed. His purpose of the visit was to provide risk and safety guidance aimed at preventing workplace injuries.

“In recognition of this accident, the Terrance M. Hennessy Professional Grant Program has been created to support the advancement of knowledge and skills of safety and risk professionals in hopes that future work site injuries and fatalities can be prevented,” Michael Hennessy, Hennessy’s son, said.

Hennessy held the position of vice president in the risk consulting practice at Marsh and was a highly knowledgeable professional in the risk and safety industry. “This enabled him to help make many job sites safer places to work and as a result kept many workers out of harm’s way,” Michael said.

He is survived by his three children, Kristine Hennessy Speh, married to AJ Speh IV, with two sons, AJ Speh V and Jack Speh, of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Michael Hennessy, married to Julie, of Chicago, Ill.; and Thomas Hennessy of San Diego, Calif. Terrance Hennessy is also survived by his mother, Irene Hennessy, of Portland, Ore., his sister, Patricia Hennessy, of Portland, Ore., and his brother, Thomas P. Hennessy, of West Chicago, Ill.

His family describes Mr. Hennessy, “As a very social person who enjoyed being around people, traveling to new places, and making new friends. He put a special emphasis on his family and kept a very close relationship with all of his children and grandchildren.”

In a nutshell, Terry was the type of person who typically had a smile on his face and knew the meaning of how to be a good friend, his son Michael noted.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.

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