Source: UCOR | Release | October 20, 2020

Leah M. BeckworthUCOR’s Leah Beckworth has received the Rising Stars of Safety Award from the National Safety Council.  The award recognizes safety professionals under 40 who show dedication to safety leadership at work.

Beckworth is the Industrial Safety Programs Manager for UCOR, an Amentum-led partnership with Jacobs. In that role, she also manages the safety communication strategy and oversees the Integrated Safety Management System. She has been heavily involved in implementing UCOR’s Mission Ready© workplace readiness program.

Clint Wolfley, UCOR’s Safety Systems and Services Manager, cited Beckworth’s astute strategic vision, continuous pursuit of excellence, and collaborative spirit.  “Leah is a consummate professional.  She is dedicated to providing outstanding safety leadership that promotes continuous improvement throughout our organization,” Wolfley said.

The NSC sets four criteria for those who are chosen as Rising Stars:

  1. Demonstrated leadership
  2. Leadership in a safety initiative, including measurable results
  3. Engagement of his or her peers around safety culture
  4. Demonstrated personal belief in safety to business operations

Lorraine Martin, President and CEO of the National Safety Council, shared what makes the Rising Stars of Safety said the award winners are leaders who “understand that they must prioritize safety at every level of decision making.” According to Martin, “They are committed to working alongside NSC to save lives, from the workplace to anyplace.”

Beckworth received her Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communications as well as her Masters in occupational safety and health from Murray State University in Kentucky. She will be featured with other members of the new class of Rising Stars in the October issue of Safety + Health.

Learn more about the National Safety Council and its awards program at

UCOR, an Amentum-led partnership with Jacobs, is the DOE Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s lead environmental cleanup partner. Since August 2011, UCOR has worked to reduce environmental risk by cleaning up legacy facilities from the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, allowing DOE to repurpose the land and buildings for use as a multi-purpose industrial park, national park, and conservation area. The company is also cleaning up contaminated facilities that are no longer in use at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex, reducing environmental risk and helping the DOE Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration to continue their missions.