Officials Cited For Safety Presentations

The Marine Section, National Safety Council, has cited 11 leaders in maritime accident prevention for outstanding presentations on issues of safety and programs for promoting the health of industry workers in the United States.

Capt. Lars N. Pedersen, general chairman of the Marine Section, reported that the group was selected by a special committee and honored at a ceremony at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, 111., that was among the highlights of the three-day annual convention of the organization.

He said that three members of the group received the General Chairman's Award—the highest citation issued by the Marine Section— while special plaques were presented to the other speakers.

Among those receiving the General Chairman's Award were: W.J. Puroski, Mobay Chemical Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., for his paper on "Safety in Handling and Foaming Barges"; Robert DeBenidictis, Crane Inspection and Certification Bureau, Inc. of Orlando, Fla., for "Safety and the Hoisting Triangle"; and Capt. Hugh M. Stephens, Ships' Operational Safety, Inc., Port Washington, N.Y., for his presentation on "Safer Tank Entry." Among other speakers who were cited were Raymond L. Cunan, Container Stevedoring Co., Inc., Emeryville, Calif., for "Container Operation Safety"; E.B. Touchberry, Santa Fe Engineering & Construction Co. of Orange, Calif., for "Safety on Offshore Pipe Pipelaying Equipment"; Paul Poliak of Madden & Poliak, Seattle, Wash., on "Economic & Insurance Impact on Recent Safety Trends"; and Tom Wolfe, Port Allen Marine Service, Baton Rouge, La., on "The Hazards and Safety Problems Involved with the Cleaning of Tank Barges." Also cited were John J. Hennessy, Director of Alcoholism Program of New York Shipping Association-International Longshoremen's Association Medical Center of New York, Inc. on "The Impact of an Alcoholism Program on Safety"; J.T. Wilson, Columbus- McKinnon Corp. of Succasunna, N.J., on "Care, Use & Inspection of Hoists"; James E. Feeny, Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa., on "Public Relations in Safety Does Work"; and Comdr. William J. Ecker, Chief Information & Analysis Staff of U.S. Coast Guard, on "A Safety Analysis of the Foreign Tanker Boarding Program." Captain Pedersen reported that the selection committee for the Best Paper Awards ceremony was headed by Capt. Bruno J.

Augenti, chairman of the board of Marine Index Bureau, Inc. of New York, N.Y.

It also included William E. Coughlin, assistant vice president of Universal Maritime Service Corp. of New York; John A. Mathews of Twin City Barge and Towing Co., St. Paul, Minn., and Capt. Philip Neal of Mobil Oil Corporation, New York.

The Marine Section is one of 28 separate industry groups that are part of the National Safety Council, and it is the largest organization in the U.S. maritime community engaged in the ongoing effort to reduce accidents and promote s a f e t y consciousness among workers throughout the industry.

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