ASSE Member, Safety Professional Dies in Connecticut Plant Explosion

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was saddened by the sudden loss of Chris Walters, an ASSE member since 1981 who worked as a safety professional for more than 20 years. Walters died Feb. 7 in a power plant explosion in Middletown, Conn., where he was working as a contract safety manager.

“Chris was a very active member of ASSE, a fellow St Louis Chapter member and respected safety professional,” said ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP. “He was a great volunteer in the chapter, well liked by everyone, and will be sorely missed.”

A resident of Florissant, Mo., Walters not only was dedicated to protecting people, property and the environment, but to his wife, Fran, and their three children.

Walters had master degrees in safety management and occupational safety and health. He had served as a volunteer in the ASSE St. Louis Chapter for several years. He transferred his ASSE membership to the local Nutmeg chapter when he took the job in Connecticut, where he continued to be very active.

“As occupational safety and health professionals we work every day to make sure that workers, our co-workers, leave work injury and illness free,” Patton said. “That’s what Chris has been doing for more than 20 years. It goes far beyond compliance, as safety professionals must inspire commitment from their leadership and integrate safety into business strategic and sustainability plans.”

“We are all deeply saddened by Chris’ death,” Patton continued. “Because of people like Chris, millions of workers in the U.S. go to work and leave work injury and illness free every day. We salute Chris for all he has done the past 20 years as a dedicated safety and health professional and will honor his memory, especially in St. Louis where he touched so many lives.”

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