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.
Hennessy 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.
His family describes 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.”
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 http://www.asse.org/foundation.