National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has announced the winners of its 2019 Health and Safety Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions toward empowering workers, as well as safe workplaces and communities.
ASSP member Samantha Wooten was honored with the Family Activist Award. Her father, Tom Wooten, died in an on-the-job incident in 2016. Because he worked in the public sector, there was no OSHA investigation, remedial action requirement or safety citation. Samantha subsequently began advocating for legislation to improve workplace safety. In May 2019, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed a law requiring reporting of serious workplace injuries and fatalities for public sector employees as well as investigations of fatalities by the New Hampshire Department of Labor.
“I received a phone call that would forever change my life, my mother’s life, my brother’s life, my daughter’s life, and the lives of many other people who knew my Dad,” Wooten says. “Since that day, I try day-in and day-out to give my father a voice and help ensure this type of incident doesn’t happen to another person.”
Wooten is a student member of ASSP’s Granite State Chapter, and is a member of the Society’s Management Practice Specialty and Emerging Professionals Common Interest Group.