Sheff earns national award for workplace safety efforts

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
'Sheff Model’ being used for safety initiatives in other states
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From left: MBA President Douglas K. Sheff receives the national award for workplace safety with WILG's President Chuck Davoli.

Massachusetts Bar Association President Douglas K. Sheff received a national award for workplace safety this month from the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), which called Sheff's creation of a diverse and powerful Workplace Safety Task Force in Massachusetts a national model to be replicated by other states. The task force includes attorneys, judges, doctors, legislators, unions, insurance companies, the Attorney General's office and other leaders, who speak with one voice on a variety of safety issues.

WILG, the national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions of workers and their families, presented Sheff with its Special Recognition Award for Innovation and Community Service at its annual convention on Oct. 7 in Palm Beach, Florida.

Sheff was honored for his leadership as chair and founder of the MBA's Workplace Safety Task Force, a multi-industry coalition that spearheaded education regarding workers' rights in countless blue collar communities throughout the commonwealth; a public awareness program to educate leaders in the law, business, medicine and government; and the passage of legislation designed to protect working families, such as the "Right to Know" law, which protects approximately 100,000 temporary workers yearly from unsafe and unfair conditions by mandating proper training, supervision and safety equipment.

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