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October 12, 2009
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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 last year in Miami, Fla., helped raise funds of $94,000 in total for the ASSE Foundation to fund a professional development grant in Hennessy’s honor, according to an ASSE press release. The $5,000 Terrance M. Hennessy Professional Development Grant 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.

Family members who assisted with raising funds for this donation include son Michael Hennessy married to Julie, of Chicago, Ill.; daughter Kristine Hennessy Speh, married to AJ Speh IV, with two sons — AJ Speh V and Jack Speh, of Jensen Beach, Fla.; and son Thomas Hennessy of San Diego, Calif.

On March 25, 2008, Mr. Hennessy was on a routine construction site visit when a crane collapsed. The purpose of his 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,” said Hennessy’s son Michael.

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. He studied engineering at Triton Community College as well as taking a number of graduate-level professional development curriculum courses enabling him to achieve a list of respected professional designations including: ALCM, ARM, AMIM, CHSP, and CSP.

Terrance Hennessy is survived by his three children who helped raise funds for the grant; mother Irene Hennessy of Portland, Ore.; his brother Thomas P. Hennessy of West Chicago, Ill.; and his sister Trish Hennessy, of Phillipsburg, N.J.

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