Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Safety: Georgetown University Cancels Safety Summit

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Safety: Georgetown University Cancels Safety Summit

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Citing a falloff in corporate contributions, the director of Georgetown University's Center for Business and Public Policy announced he is canceling the fourth annual Safety Summit.

The center's director, Lamar Reinsch, said in a Feb. 12 interview that he called off the summit for financial reasons. DuPont sponsored the first summit in 2001, but thereafter the Center for Business and Public Policy, a part of the McDonough School of Business, organized the annual event with the help of McDonough and a number of corporate contributors.

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"We have solicited a large number of corporations to support the summit and the center," Reinsch explained. "Over time, our success has diminished and we reached the point where we cannot continue to operate at the same level given the revenues we have." He added that the summit is by far the most expensive activity in the center's budget, primarily because the event requires rental of a large space and attendance is free.

"I'm saddened, but not surprised, because this initiative hasn't gone forward the way we originally intended," commented Ron Hayes, founder of the FIGHT Project, an organization devoted to helping the surviving family members of those killed at work. …

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