An Open Letter from Richard:
Fitzpatrick & Associates is proud to announce the annual Workplace Safety Scholarship. The idea behind the program is to help raise awareness of how we (as a nation) can increase the safety and well-being of employees across the United States. As a workers’ compensation attorney, I have seen every situation imaginable, and often find myself representing clients with injuries that could have been avoided.
If I had it my way, I would never have to represent anyone in this scenario, because the employee wouldn’t have any danger of becoming injured in the first place. This is not to say that blame should always be placed on employers, but to simply say that there needs to be stricter measures put in place in workplaces across the nation.
I decided to create this scholarship to encourage the conversation about workplace safety. Businesses should be a safe place without employees fearing for their personal safety. I plan to take the recommendations of all students submitting an essay, and compile them into a resource that will be presented to workplace safety training organizations around the nation.
The program is for undergrad students that are enrolled full-time in a college or university, and are also currently employed. Students juggling both school and work are often overwhelmed, and I believe this is a chance to reward these dedicated people.
I ask you to apply for my scholarship for two reasons: 1) to win $1,000 towards your education and more importantly 2) to help cultivate change in workplace safety. I look forward to reading all of your essays, and thank you in advance for your hard work and advice!
Richard J. Fitzpatrick
Richard Fitzpatrick is a workers’ compensation lawyer in Boston.