With technology continuously changing, it seems like our world gets smaller and smaller, even as we grow in it. Technology brings all types of information to our finger-tips daily. You can instantly “search” and “research” for just about anything.
In our construction industry, this parallel is also true. There are so many paths a building project can potentially take. When an unexpected condition or obstacle arises, it is very important to quickly determine the best approach to take for resolution.
What does the term “Risk Management” mean to you? Does it mean “quickest evacuation route” or “just put the fire out”? The best decisions tend to be made with a long-term goal in mind, even at the cost of sacrificing possible short-term gains. Thinking of each project as a long-term race, instead of a short-term gain, will help you make smarter decisions.
At White-Spunner Construction, the work we do for our customers and clients has a specific goal: to achieve the highest level of excellence. Our commitment to safety, quality and integrity in every aspect of our company enables us to consistently do that, often exceeding client expectations and yielding long-term relationships.
Allan Gustin, Vice President, Pre-Construction & Estimating
Yesterday, Airbus broke ground on its first U.S. airplane assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex here in Mobile. Along with company executives, state leaders, local officials, and other Alabama residents, I was privileged to attend the ceremony. The $600 million factory is expected to employ 1,000 people once production of the Airbus A320 jet begins around 2015.
On behalf of everyone at White-Spunner Construction, welcome to the Port City, Airbus!
- John White-Spunner, CEO/President
In the construction world, safety is a big deal. While we have many types of equipment to minimize hazards, technology to reduce the chance of injury, and some of the best trainers in the world just a phone call away, statistics continue to show that construction has the highest rate of injuries requiring days away from work than any private industry sector. Those who work at elevated heights are the most at risk of suffering an injury:
- A worker fatality occurs every 134 minutes.
- Roofers had the highest rate of fatalities within the construction market and iron workers were second
These injuries most often occur because of human error. Workers tend to skimp on safety procedures because of schedule, time, money, or pressure from the bosses. Every time you walk onto a jobsite:
- think about how important it is to wear the correct safety equipment,
- pay attention to your surroundings and
- stay focused, so you won’t get hurt and cost your company money or slow down the job.
But more importantly, remember that your loved ones are expecting you home every night. You cannot enjoy your family or provide for them if you are injured, disabled or bedridden.
Don’t be a statistic…follow safety standards and live a long and prosperous life.
“It is a blessing and an honor to be the builder of the new VA cemetery, a facility that both represents and pays tribute to those who have served our country. A great group of veterans and those who made the project possible celebrated the beginning of the project with a ground breaking event just ten months ago. It will be humbling to now be part of the dedication as the veterans are once again recognized on Pearl Harbor Day. The design and facilities are first class and the site location is amazing because of its spectacular view,” says John White-Spunner, CEO/Chairman of the Board of White-Spunner Construction, Inc.
I quote Retired Navy Rear Adm. W. Clyde Marsh, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, “Dedicating the cemetery on Pearl Harbor Day will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Americans while defending our nation’s freedom.”
The dedication of the state’s first owned and operated veterans cemetery, the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort, takes place on Friday, December 7, 2012. State and local dignitaries will be on hand for the dedication that will begin at 10 a.m. The public is also invited to attend.