Photo Contest 2008 Winners
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NIOSH recently held its first NORA Photo Contest. 77 entries were received from across the Institute. There were seven categories that each corresponded to a NORA sector. A internal panel of judges reviewed the photos based on aesthetic quality of the photograph, quality of the story told by the photo, and originality of the subject. A winner was selected from each NORA sector category as well as a "best in show." The winning photos are shown below. All of the submitted photos as well as other NOSH photos can be seen viewed on the NIOSH flickr site .
Best in Show & Construction
Patrick G. Dempsey, Ph.D., CPE
Acting Team Leader, MDP, PRL
Photo Title: Rebar Tying in Beijing
Caption: This photo shows two workers tying rebar approximately three stories above the ground. There are several notable safety issues, particularly the lack of personal protective equipment to prevent falls, footwear that provides little protection for the feet or resistance to slips, and narrow, uneven surfaces to walk and work on. In the background, the lack of rebar caps (which are inexpensive) is apparent. This work was being carried out in long shifts and long workweeks, with afternoon temperatures that day around the mid 90s (F). As economies become more global, hopefully so do the opportunities to impact occupational safety and health.
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
Robert McKibbin, PE
General Engineer, SRL
Photo title: Skipper Bud Marrese Operating the NIOSH-developed Emergency Stop on His Capstan Deck Winch.
Caption: Capstan winches have been a source of many injuries, and even fatalities, to commercial fishermen who accidentally become entangled with lines or nets as they are being retrieved. NIOSH researchers developed an emergency-stop device, shown being tested here, to reduce the incidence of such injuries.
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Engineering Technician, DART
Photo Title: Collecting Wipe Samples for Antineoplastic Contamination
Caption: As part of its initiative to identify occupational exposure to antineoplastic drugs, NIOSH personnel conducted three field studies where air, wipe and other samples were collected. In this photo environmental wipe samples are being collected from the lid of a hamper used for drug-contaminated linen.
Martin Harper, Ph.D., CIH
Chief, EAB, HELD
Photo Title: Recycling lead in a lead-acid battery recovery facility.
Caption: The young man is ladling molten recycled lead into billets in a lead-acid battery recovery facility. Lead is an extremely toxic substance and workers must be protected from its effects. Any manufacturing operation involving lead has the potential for overexposure, and so the elements of a lead program (including provision of work clothes and PPE) are in place here.
Anita L. Wolfe
Public Health Analyst, Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program, DRDS
Photo Title: Bill Reiner emerging from his coal mine in Eastern PA.
Caption: The coal miner in this photo is 70 years old and still working underground in the anthracite coal fields of Eastern PA. He is one of two employees at his mine — he is the "underground guy." He is shown in this photo emerging from his underground coal mine.
Engineering Technician, DART
Photo Title: NIOSH Workers Field Sampling Methamphetamines in Clandestine Labs.
Caption: NIOSH workers sample methamphetamine levels in a former clandestine lab. The request was made by Hamilton County, Ohio health and fire departments to assess possible exposures that may occur during demolition.
Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities
Brad Husberg, BSN, MSPH
Office of the Director
Photo Title: Air Taxis
Caption: Due to the limited road infrastructure, air transportation is common in Alaska. NIOSH has had an Aviation initiative looking at safety for pilots and those who fly in Alaska. The aircrafts in this photo are “air taxis” used to fly residents and visitors to destinations in Southeast Alaska.
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Kimberly Clough Thomas
Visual Information Specialist, HELD
Photo Title: Shop ‘Til You Drop
Caption: Retail stores are usually organized, well spaced, neat, and designed with the safety of the customer and employees in mind.
- Page last reviewed: October 22, 2008 (archived document)
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director