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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Monday, July 30, 2007

John R. Collier A Comedian With A Very Serious Purpose

John Collier passed away on July 20 at Bethesda North Hospital. John was a senior compliance officer for OSHA, but he was better known as "Mr. Wizard.".

The obituary in the Cincinnati Enquirer stated:

"His magic was getting people to laugh while teaching them how not to get electrocuted. His show 'Wired for Safety' was an attendance draw at events around the country.

'John was a standup comedian, really,' said Dick Gilgrist, area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Mr. Collier's vast knowledge of electrical hazards combined with his extraordinary sense of humor and a quick wit to provide a show that was as fun as it was instructive. 'It was John that was truly wired for the presentation,' Gilgrist said."

John was with OSHA for 28 years. During that time he investigated more than 100 accidents and fatalities and was involved in conducting more than 1,600 inspections.

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