2016 Recipient:

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Hank Fitzsimmons, CSP, PE

Retired from Klein-Dickert Milwaukee, Inc.

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Hank began his career as a Safety Consultant with Wausau Insurance. Throughout most of his career, he stayed active as a member of the Safety Committees with the Wisconsin Chapter Association of General Contractors and the Milwaukee Chapter AGC. Hank served on the DILHR Committee that rewrote the Wisconsin Blasting Laws in the 1980’s.

In 2002, Hank joined Roman Electric Company Inc. as its first Risk Manager and Safety Director. Hank helped kick off and train OSHA 10 and the new NFPA 70E safety requirements for all of the Union Local electrician employees. Safety results improved dramatically; greatly improving the safety culture and reducing insurance costs.

In 2006, Hank joined Klein-Dickert Milwaukee, Inc. as its first Safety Director where he shared his safety passion and knowledge until his retirement on July 31, 2015. Over his nine-year career with Klein-Dickert, Hank introduced many safety improvements focusing heavily on fall control issues

involving extensive training and new fall control equipment and methods. He worked closely with the union locals to promote their training programs and safety efforts.

Hank was a proud 25-year member of ASSE, and most recently also a proud member of the Milwaukee Chapter AGC Safety/Milwaukee Construction Industry Safety Council Committee. He served for many years as a member of Wisconsin Safety Council’s Corporate Safety Awards Committee and simultaneously as a safety awards judge. As a member, he often advocated for the committee to consider the special circumstances companies face in their respective fields, pointing out that risks are not the same within a standard industrial classification and advocating special awards for those companies that had multi-year no lost time safety records.

The following Individuals have received the Wisconsin Safety Council Lifetime Achievement Award:





Unawarded  AndersonBob BrockmeyerWarren

 Robert Anderson, Sr.


Warren Brockmeyer

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development


Mercury Marine





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Pat Ostrenga

U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA


Tom Ordens

Sentry Insurance

Mel Lischefski

U.S. Department of
Labor – OSHA

Eileen Blanckaert

Grandé Cheese Company





Bill Banaszak

Brenntag Great
Lakes, LLC

Richard Klawiter

UW - Platteville

Frances Huntley-Cooper

Department of Workforce Development

Terry Moen

WisCon Program Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene





Walter Kante

Walter Kante Safety Consultants

Judith Grzegorski

JAG Safety & Security LLC

Jack Dobson

Simplicity Manufacturing, Inc.

Dr. John Olson

UW – Stout


Dr. Roger Hauser

UW – Platteville

The Wisconsin Safety Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals for a lifetime of commitment to improving the safety and health of Wisconsin and America’s workers.Their passion for safety, extraordinary work ethic and integrity will be of great inspiration in the years to come.

For more information, contact Janie Ritter, WSC Director, 800.236.3400.