Scholarship on Safety

Here at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, we believe that education is the foundation of a successful and productive career. We also believe that safety is incredibly important.

A serious workplace injury or death changes lives forever – for families, friends, communities, and coworkers too. Human loss and suffering is immeasurable.  Occupational injuries(such as construction accidents) and illnesses can provoke major crises for the families in which they occur. In addition to major financial burdens, they can impose substantial time demands on uninjured family members.

Every person who leaves for work in the morning should expect to return home at night in good health. Ensuring that husbands return to their wives, wives to their husbands, parents to their children, and friends to their friends — that is the most important reason to create a safe and healthy work environment.

Because of our strong belief in education and safety, we have established a yearly $1000 scholarship to reward young minds who can help make our workplace a safer and better place.

The Contest

Eligibility for participation requires that applicants be planning on attending an American college or university in the upcoming semester. To apply, applicants must submit a 500-word essay on the subject of safety in the workplace.

The Subject

If a worker is injured on the job, it costs the company in lost work hours, increased insurance rates, workers’ compensation premiums and possible litigation. Productivity is lost when other workers have to stop work to deal with the injury. Even after the injured employee has been sent home or taken to the hospital, other employees may be distracted or need to take time off from work in the aftermath of the incident. Even a single injury can have far-reaching and debilitating effects on a business.


Any business knows that employee attrition and absenteeism can be major obstacles. When a company create a healthy and safe workplace, it reduces those issues in several ways. By budgeting for safety improvements and making safety part of their operational plan, they engender trust. By involving employees in safety decisions—through reporting, committees, walk-throughs and meetings—companies can show that their opinion matters. By following through on their input and improving safety, companies prove quite tangibly that they care about their employee’s well-being. Workers typically respond by working harder, showing more pride in their jobs and remaining loyal.

In writing your essay, you will reveal an idea or concept of what business can do to make the workplace a safer place to work and what policies they can develop to insure that all employees feel safe and happy at work.

Your essay may include the ideas and processes to make the workplace a safer place and it can also include specific examples of how you would go about making work a safer place.

Scholarship Rules

Essays should be email to [email protected] no later than December 15, 2016. Your entry should also include:

  • Name, address, date of birth and phone number
  • If under 18, include parent’s email address
  • Name of the college or university to be attended, and
  • The course of study that you will be following

Our staff will evaluate submissions, and the winner will be announced by 1/10/2017. The winning essay will be based on:

  • Substance and originality
  • Demonstrated potential for success in their field of study
  • Writing quality