The Passing of a Safety Icon: D.A. Weaver

In late July, ASSE member Dave Weber of Wausau, WI, shared the following memorial to D.A. Weaver, ASSE Fellow, who passed away on July 22.

On July 22, 2013, safety pioneer D.A. Weaver peacefully passed away in Pueblo, CO.  He was 97 years old. D.A. will forever be known as a humanitarian, researcher, prolific writer, gifted speaker and influential mentor to a generation of occupational safety professionals.

During the 1960s, 70s and 80s, D.A. was well known for his regular articles in the ASSE Journal (now Professional Safety), and for his powerful and inspirational presentations at both national and international safety conventions.


(L to R) Safety icon D.A. Weaver and Dave Weber discuss TOR analysis, a management tool used to locate, define, and eliminate the operational errors and management oversights that cause near-misses and incidents.

D.A. helped to reinvent the scope and function of the safety profession. He was instrumental in helping to move the safety profession out of the outdated “3E” era (engineering, enforcement, education) and into the modern era of safety management (safety culture, behavioral science, modern leadership theory).

To learn more about this legend of safety and to several of his articles, click here and here.