Winners of Annual Kids’ Safety Contest




kids DES PLAINES, IL  (March 4, 2010) – Children from Florida, South Carolina, Virginia and Kuwait were the first place winners in the 8th annual American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) kids’ “safety-on-the-job” poster contest for best illustrating ‘being safe on the job’.  ASSE received 850+ posters from children aged 5-14 from 34 U.S. states and six countries for the contest aimed at teaching children what ASSE members —  their parents, relatives and friends — do every day to prevent injury and illness at work. Unusual this year is that a brother, Michael Bock, 6, and sister, Haley Bock, 10, from North Carolina both won fourth place in their respective age groups out of hundreds of posters, and are past winners.  The names of the contestants are not known until after their poster is selected.


The first place winners are:  5-6 age group – Anna Ball, 6, of Palm Coast, Florida; 7-8 age group – Abigail Jablon, 8, of Lexington, South Carolina; 9-10 age group – Taylin Crosen, 9, Winchester, Virginia; 11-12 age group – Fatima Parkar, 12, Kuwait City, Kuwait; and, 13-14 age group – Nehal Jajal, 13, Kuwait City, Kuwait. 

In addition to the first place winners, second, third and fourth place posters were selected.


Second place winners are: 5 – 6 age group – Caleb D. Bush, 6, Waxhaw, North Carolina; 7 –8 age group –  Ali Iqbal Khan, 8, Kuwait, Kuwait;  9 – 10 age group –  Kanija Winslet Cotta, 10, Kuwait City, Kuwait; 11—12 age group —  Vijay Anant, 11, Abhuhalifa, India; and,  13 – 14 age group —  Nilasis Bhattacharya, 13, Kuwait, Kuwait.


Third place winners are: – 5 – 6 age group – Isaac Corbitt, 6, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; 7 –8 age group – P. Vaideki, 8, Kuwait, Kuwait;  9 – 10 age group – Abigail C. Helser, 9, Onancock, Virginia;  11—12 age group – Jessica Prevete, 12, Budd Lake, New Jersey; 13 – 14  age group – Zachary DeLano, 14, Ephrata, Washington. 


Fourth place winners are:- 5 – 6 age group –  Michael Bock, 6, Apex, North Carolina; 7 –8 age group –Aathishni Sivakumar, 7, Kuwait, Kuwait;  9 – 10 age group  – Haley Bock, 10, Apex, North Carolina;  11-12 age group – Christina Bear, 12, Golden, Colorado;  and,  13- 14 age group –  Amanda Carr, 14, Greenwich, New York.


The contest is open to ASSE members’ children, friends, co-workers’ children and/or organizations and schools they sponsor. The first place posters are featured on the 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH, May 2-8) Week poster sent to thousands of businesses worldwide. The contest winners, contestants and families will also be recognized during ASSE NAOSH Week kick-off events May 2 and 3 in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian and the U.S. Department of Labor. 

In addition to the U.S., posters were received from children in Australia, Canada, Columbia, Dominican Republic, India and Kuwait.  All the winning posters can be viewed at


This year’s theme for NAOSH Week is “Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces”. NAOSH Week is a tool ASSE members, along with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and more than 60 corporations and trade association partners ( for the full list) use to help raise awareness of the importance of occupational safety and health in everyone’s lives.   


First place winners receive a $1,000 savings bond. Second place winners receive a $500 savings bond and the third and fourth place winners receive a $200 savings bond. All poster contest entrants receive a prize and are invited, along with their families and all ASSE members and guests, to attend the ASSE poster contest recognition events at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Monday, May 3. This is preceded by the NAOSH kick-off and poster recognition events at the Smithsonian and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) with OSHA officials. 


In addition, a special recognition brunch will be held and sponsored by ASSE members from Region III (Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma) for the poster contest winners, all entrants and their families Sunday, May 2 at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 

To view photos of last year’s events go to and to for information on how you can participate. To order a free NAOSH 2010 poster please contact [email protected]

or call 847-699-2929.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education.  Go to for more information.