Suzanne Caldeira, who oversees safety operations at 19 First Student locations, has been named a 2016 Rising Star of Safety by the National Safety Council.

Suzanne Caldeira, who oversees safety operations at 19 First Student locations, has been named a 2016 Rising Star of Safety by the National Safety Council.

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. — A member of the First Student safety team here has earned national recognition for her efforts to make the workplace safer.

Suzanne Caldeira of Hicksville has been named a 2016 Rising Star of Safety by the National Safety Council.

The Rising Stars of Safety program honors future leaders for promoting a culture of continuous safety improvement within their companies and creating safety initiatives focused on measurable outcomes, according to the National Safety Council.

“Suzanne is passionate about improving the safety of her colleagues and the students we transport every school day,” said Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety for FirstGroup America, which includes the First Student division. “Her efforts to further engage others in this core value have helped us build upon our industry-leading safety processes.”

Caldeira began her career with First Student in 2006 as a driver. She currently serves as a multi-site safety coordinator and is responsible for overseeing safety operations at 19 First Student locations in southern New York.

Caldeira recently helped implement a company-wide safety initiative that has reduced the number of preventable collisions and workplace injuries at her locations, according to First Student.

Caldeira will be one of 43 safety advocates under the age of 40 to be recognized at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Anaheim, California, Oct. 15-21.

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