Safety in the Construction Industry

Viewpoint Construction Software recently created an infographic called “Safety in the Construction Industry” to give a deeper look at construction safety statistics over the last decade. Since safety is one of our top priorities at White-Spunner Construction, we wanted to share some of these interesting statistics:

  • The top 4 injuries that lead to fatalities in the construction industry are falls, being caught between two objects, electrocution and being struck by an object.
  • Eliminating these injuries would save the lives of 435 American construction workers every year.
  • Although the construction industry had a higher number of fatalities (775) in 2012, the transportation and warehousing, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining, quarrying, oil and gas industries had higher death rates based on the number of employees in each industry.

Check out the full infographic below:

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Welcome Courtney Cox, New Marketing Specialist

Courtney Cox

– Courtney Cox

Hello everyone! My name is Courtney Cox, and I am the new Marketing/Communication Specialist for White-Spunner Construction. I grew up in the small town of Centreville, Alabama, which is about 30 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa.

After a few years of “soul searching” and several major changes, I graduated from The University of Alabama in December of 2013 with a B.A. in Communication, majoring in public relations with a minor in psychology. During school and after graduation, I worked part-time for The University of Alabama Executive MBA Department as the Social Media Coordinator/Marketing Assistant. I also have a background in writing, editing, event planning and advertising.

Some of my hobbies include music, reading, shopping and cooking. I also love animals and Alabama Football. I just moved from Tuscaloosa to the Gulf Coast in January of this year, and I am looking forward to spending many weekends on the beach this summer.

I am very excited to start this new chapter of my career at White-Spunner Construction, and I look forward to working with and getting to know everyone!

Welcome Aboard Ross Moyer, New Safety Director

  Ross Moyer

Ross Moyer

Hello everyone, my name is Ross Moyer and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Safety Manager for White-Spunner Construction.  A little background information about me. I grew up in Oklahoma in a rural area near Tulsa, where I raised by my mother and father who instilled me with the values that I still try to live my life by today. They taught me that hard work is second to none and to always live my life with integrity.

I attended college at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK where I received a B.S. while double majoring in Environmental Health and Safety Management. I knew from my past experiences in construction, that I had a passion for the field and a great eye for safety. My education allowed me to expand on that knowledge and also has taught me how to adapt in the ever changing environment that is construction.

After graduating from Northeastern State I worked as a Safety Inspector for pipeline and oil field construction throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Illinois including a term working on the Keystone XL Pipeline. My family and I have recently moved to the Gulf Coast to experience a life on the beach.  I am very excited about this opportunity to work with White-Spunner Construction.

Thank you for your time and I’ll leave you with this thought. “Complacency is the largest threat to Safety.”

4th Annual Boys and Girls Club Fishing Day Was A Success!

On behalf of everyone at White-Spunner Realty, we’d like to express our gratitude to all the fine companies who made our 4th Annual Boys & Girls Club Fishing Day possible! Twenty-Eight children (ages 7-12) joined us on a recent Saturday for a fun-filled day of boating and fishing. The weather gave us a morning scare, but our prayers were answered and the boats sailed. Weeks Bay Reserve was the perfect setting, after a very active morning, for lunch and a very creative and inspirational prayer from all in attendance.
A big thank you to the following individuals and companies for their generosity of time, talent and treasure:

Donors:
Sam & Debbie Covert
Neil Johnston
Guarantee Title
Weeks Bay Reserve
BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama
David J. Cooper
Pilot Catastrophe Services

Support Staff & Boat Captains:
John White-Spunner, Craig Helms, Mary Donna Helms, Katya Tippy,Dawn Collum,
Pat Taylor, David Dexter, Nancy Stone, Mike Reid, Sharon Wright, Raymond Faircloth,
Rhonda Copeland, Tracy Womack, Benson O’Conner, Maurice Pless, Brian Chunn,
Ritchie Prince, Richard McElroy, Seth Smith, Skip Jones, Chuck Kelly, Doug Ray
Brandon Miller, Joey Rice, David Rice ,Matt White.
We look forward to another memorable event next year!

Phase II Public Health Lab Scheduled For Completion

The Phase II BSL3 Lab work at the Mississippi Public Health Lab is scheduled for completion this month. This complex project included modifications to the existing HVAC systems, filtration and operation control systems, life safety electrical power, and the forensic testing of BSL3 room integrity which resulted in additional room pressure sealing upgrades. We also constructed this 81,000 sf four story facility which includes laboratory facilities that will study and hopefully help find cures for various diseases. The entire facility including mechanical and electrical systems are uniquely designed and built to meet the demanding needs for these specialized labs.

This project is an example of how White-Spunner Construction’s commitment to implement safety, quality, and integrity in every project created a “Win-Win”. The Owner chose to engage our company again to work closely with them and the new design team. This Phase II was implemented to create specific solutions that will allow for confident operations within the BSL3 labs and support service areas.

A special “kudos” to the White-Spunner construction team that was assembled to complete these modifications. Our Phase II team also included a group of very talented engineers, subcontractors and vendors that worked closely with us to provide another excellent outcome for a site specific project and satisfaction to the Owner.

Achieving Excellence in Changing Times

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

 

A Great Day for the Alabama Gulf Coast!

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

 

Safety, in the construction world

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.

Pearl Harbor Day marks the date for the State Veterans Cemetery Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Dedication of the new Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort

“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.