Fred Freiberger Is First-Ever Tarheel Chapter Hall-of-Fame Inductee

ASSE’s Tarheel Chapter inducted member Fred Freiberger, P.E., CSP, CIH, into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the North Carolina Statewide Safety Conference in Greensboro, NC, on May 17, 2017. Freiberger is the first inductee of the chapter’s Hall of Fame.

Left to right: 2016-17 ASSE President Tom Cecich, Fred Freiberger and 2017-18 ASSE President Jim Smith.

The honor is based on several criteria, including leadership, years of service and promotion of the OSH profession. Freiberger is the only three-term serving Tarheel Chapter president and is a former chapter Safety Professional of the Year Award recipient.

“Can you name a profession where no 2 days are alike, new technology and manufacturing processing are a constant?” asks Freiberger. “People are surprised at discovering their unrecognized exposure with our help (far beyond any regulatory scope). From satellites to subways to submarines, a safety professional’s influence can be found, in every walk of life, world wide,” he says.

Freiberger’ s professional interest in safety dates back to the early 1960s when he won an award for his redesign of a major interstate highway in midtown Hartford, CT, as a graduate school project. He has worked on high-profile projects throughout his career including on-site safety engineering support for the relocation of the Cape Hatteras Light House, recovery of the submarine Hundley project, human factors engineering for NASA astronauts and air traffic control radar system improvements for Federal Aviation Administration. He also consulted on multiple rapid transit systems at airports around the U.S.

During his career, Freiberger worked with IBM, United Technologies and Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and as a private consultant. He has served as an adjunct professor with the North Carolina University Consortium and the Occupational Safety & Health Educational Research Center at UNC Chapel Hill. He continues to keep busy with projects involving hospital-acquired infection control and foodborne illness prevention.