This week, White-Spunner Construction celebrated Safety Week 2016 - a week during which construction companies across the U.S. come together to refocus and reenergize our commitment to eliminating injuries on our jobsites.
This year's theme for Safety Week is "We are Stronger and Safer Together." The collective mission is to partner together as an industry in recognizing and thanking our workers for supporting safety; increasing safety awareness and education; demonstrating and celebrating our commitment to safety; inspiring and motivating others to work safely; and working together to strengthen the safety culture of our industry as a whole.
Our company promoted Safety Week on our jobsites by hosting Safety Stand Downs for fall protection awareness, but we also wanted to do something special to remind everyone that safety isn't just business - it's personal. We asked our employees to let us know who and/or what motivates them to make safety a priority each and every day. We took their responses and posted them to a "Why I Work Safe" board on display here at our main office.
In honor of Safety Week 2016, here are a few reasons why we work safe at White-Spunner Construction:
"I work safe because I love to spend time with my family, and I want everyone to have the same opportunity."
- Thomas Cotton, Assistant Project Manager
"This young man right here is why I work safe. My son, Alex, is the reason I get up every day and the thing I am the most proud of accomplishing my life! My example to put safety first is hopefully inspiring him to remain safe in his chosen field of auto mechanics and engineering. And though only a sophomore at GA Tech, he is already a full time manager leading several auto techs at Discount Tire in Atlanta, GA. So safety has to run in our family!!!"
- Adrienne Freeman, Human Resource Manager
"I work safe because I have a family to go home to. I work safe because it is the right thing to do for everyone else I work with who also has a family to go home to. I work safe because it is more productive and economical. I work safe because I know that not working safe has no benefit to anyone long term. I work safe because it is the culture we live by."
- John White-Spunner, President & CEO
"Family is what working safe is all about. Being able to enjoy my children and grandsons is what makes it all worth it."
- Traci Stewart, Project Administrator
"To remain a resource. We are a resource to the company we work for, the coworkers we work with, and most importantly, the friends, family and loved ones that are a part of our lives. The resource may be financial, physical, or emotional, but they are all important resources and are of great value to those around us, as well as ourselves. I work safe so that the people that depend on me can continue to do so and so that I can continue to be that resource, for their well-being and mine."
- Jerad Hayes, Assistant Project Manager
"Like many of you, my family is one of the most important things in my life. They motivate me to do many things; provide spiritual direction and influence, work hard, be a good provider, and stick around as long as I can to see them grow and develop in their lives. This includes working safely and thinking about safety whether I am driving, working at home or at the office, or being on the jobsite. It is very rewarding to me to see how our industry has embraced the concept of working safely over my career. We have made great strides as an industry. It is even more rewarding to see the commitment we at White-Spunner Construction have made to safety through our commitment to a full time safety director and an extensive safety plan. Let's all celebrate safety by placing an extra emphasis on safety this week!"
- Chris Carruth, Vice President
"There are a few reasons...
1. My family needs me at 100% capacity.
2. I would like to keep all my fingers and toes.
3. I don't like pain!!!"
- Amy Stephenson, Executive Assistant
"Here are 5 reasons I work safe, so that I can enjoy time with family. I do my best to get everyone on site to do the same, so that during their time off, they enjoy doing what it is they do."
- Joey Rice, Superintendent
"I work safe because I don't want to hurt myself or be the one responsible for hurting someone else."
- Linda Smith, Receptionist
"I work safe so I can continue to have the blessings I call my family."
- Philip Miller, Project Manager
"At the end of the day, I want all workers to go home to their family and loved ones. An injury, or God forbid a death, affects lots more people than just the one involved in the accident."
- David Woodall, Superintendent
"A very obvious and selfish response would be that I don't want to be physically hurt and/or killed as I value my life. However, the reality is that I have a lot of wonderful people in my life that count on me! My very special wife and precious children to name the most important 3. And then there is my parents, family and friends. Safety is very personal!! There are a few activities that I am extremely passionate about outside of work! Fishing and hunting are two very active hobbies that I enjoy and would miss greatly should I become physically impaired from an accident. Work Safe, Live Safe!!"
- Brandon Miller, Senior Project Manager
"I work safe to make sure I, as well as subcontractors, are able to go home every day to their families."
- Russell Green, Superintendent
"I work safe because nothing makes me happier than coming home to my husband and our little 'zoo' each day - they depend on me, and I owe it to them to make it home in one piece!"
- Courtney Allen, Marketing/Communications Specialist
"I work safe to ensure that all employees I am working with are able to return to their families alive and harm free and that I am able to do the same."
- Mitch Pate, Assistant Project Manager
"I work safe for my own safety and the safety of my coworkers, and also for my family and friends so I will come home to them."
- Terry Fairchild, Superintendent
"Because I love my family & people."
- Todd Babin, Superintendent
"I work safely for these two little girls that call me Dad. I need to be here to teach them, play with them, and one day walk them down the aisle. I also work safe to be an example, not just to my family, but to all our coworkers here at White-Spunner and the subcontractors we work with. I never want someone to be able to look at me working in an unsafe manner and say, "Well, I thought it was ok because Ross was doing it." It is our responsibility to work safely and be that example for those who simply don't know better. We all have the same goal in mind; work, make money, provide for our families, and hope to have a little money left over to enjoy. One injury can completely ruin that goal."
- Ross Moyer, Safety and Compliance Manager
White-Spunner Construction would like to thank Government Street Christian School for allowing us to be a part of Career Day for the second year! This was a great group of kids, and we had an awesome time sharing with them what it's like to work in construction. A lot of the students were shocked to learn about the wide variety of different potential careers in our industry, and we discussed how many of their hobbies and interests could be applied to a career in construction in some way. For those who expressed interest in writing, art and graphic design, we explained how our Marketing/Communications Department incorporates all of those things and more to effectively market our company and our services to potential customers. We also spoke about safety and the important role it plays in our industry, as well as construction career opportunities involving engineering, technology, design, finance and more.
Congrats to White-Spunner's Chili Cook Off team for placing first in the Veggie/Poultry category, and for winning Best Overall Chili at this year's American Cancer Society Chili Cook Off! The event was held at The Grounds on Saturday, March 5 and raised more than $150,000 to support ACS in its mission to cure cancer.
For this year's event, our tent was decorated with a '35' theme to celebrate White-Spunner's 35th Anniversary in the construction business. Our employees look forward to this event each year, and we were beyond excited that our chicken chili recipe was named Best Overall. WSC would like to thank all of our employees and family members who volunteered to help out with the event, as well as those who came out to support the team!
A few of us here at WSC were able to sneak away from the office to attend the Ruff Wilson Youth Organization's annual Christmas party on Friday, December 18. Our company has been blessed to work with this organization for more than 20 years, and we were excited for the opportunity to carry on our tradition of donating Christmas gifts to the students this year. We had so much fun helping the staff serve food and drinks (and LOTS of cake) and watching the kids pick out their gifts! This party is something we look forward to each year, and we would like to thank Executive Director Mrs. Barbara Brown for allowing us to be a part of their Christmas celebration!
For the second consecutive year, White-Spunner Construction was a sponsor for Making Spirits Bright, a charitable holiday drive in which local businesses help fulfill the needs of several nonprofit organizations in Mobile and Baldwin County. This year, WSC chose to sponsor Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort. Prodisee Pantry is a faith-based community ministry that provides emergency food and disaster relief to families in need. The organization has provided assistance to more than 90,000 families facing hardship stemming from job loss, medical expenses, natural disasters and other crises. Check out the video below to see how WSC is "Making Spirits Bright" for Prodisee Pantry this holiday season!
Chritsmas is always a joyful time for us at White-Spunner Construction, and you can definitely feel the holiday excitement in the air here at our office. You can hear our employees chatting often about decorating their homes, planning holiday parties and buying gifts for their kids. While the gifts under the tree are one of the most exciting things about Christmas morning, we know there are many children throughout our community who would not receive any Christmas gifts without the help and support of others who are willing to give back. That's why for this holiday season, White-Spunner Construction partnered with The Salvation Army for their Angel Tree Program by hosting an Angel Tree here at our office. The Angel Tree program is designed to help families in need by fulfilling the needs and wishes of children in our area, plus it gives our employees an opportunity to personally give to those less fortunate in a fun and meaningful way.
WSC would like to thank our employees who participated in the Angel Tree Program for their willingness to give back, as well as their creativity in selecting gifts for their Angels. With their contributions, we were able to fulfill the Christmas wishlist of 20 kids in our area! We would also like to thank The Salvation Army for allowing us to participate in such a fun and thoughtful program - we can't wait to do it again next year!
While residents in South Carolina are working to recover and rebuild after the historic flooding that took place earlier this month, everyone at WSC is continuing to pray for those without homes, those who lost loved ones and all other victims affected by this disaster. Located on the Gulf Coast, WSC is all too familiar with this type of devastation and the long road to recovery the people of South Carolina are facing now. This tragedy also hits a little closer to home for us as we have employees currently living and working in South Carolina, as well as a project currently in progress in Columbia. Of course, the damage we have experienced has been very minimal compared to the thousands of people, families and businesses that have been affected by this terrible situation.
In the time we've spent working in South Carolina, our company has built excellent relationships with the local municipalities and other businesses in the area, and we want to do all we can to be good neighbors and support our friends in need. Some of our employees living in South Carolina and experiencing the devastation first-hand have been volunteering with their families and others in the area by helping move families, bringing food, repairing homes and doing whatever they can to lend assistance. They have also called on our employees here in Mobile to help in any way they can by donating money, food, water, materials, tools, etc.
In addition to the individual efforts of our employees, White-Spunner Construction is making a $2,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts. According to the organization's website, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 800 workers, 56 response vehicles and shelter supplies for 5,000 people since the floods began. If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, please visit www.redcross.org/donate/weather.
Pictured below: WSC representatives Amy Anderson (left) and Jamie Montgomery (right) presented a check for $2,000 to Linda Crowell, Major Gift Officer for the American Red Cross South Alabama Chapter.
The 6th Annual WSR Fishing Day was a great success! White-Spunner Realty sponsors this event each year for the Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama. This year's event was held Saturday, June 20 at Weeks Bay Reserve. WSC would like to thank Brandon Miller, Josh Dindo, Thomas Cotton, Joey Rice and Todd Amos for volunteering their time to help with this event!
WSC would like to welcome Todd Amos to our team. Todd is interning with us this summer as a project/estimating assistant.
Todd grew up in Mobile where he attended McGill Toolen High School. He is currently studying Building Science at Auburn University and will graduate in May 2016. Upon graduation, Todd plans to pursue a career in construction management. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, mechanics and restorations.
This spring season has been a busy time for all of us here at White-Spunner Construction. Not only is our project list growing, but we have also been blessed with opportunities to continue giving back to our community.
WSC was a participant in Government Street Christian School's Career Day on Friday, April 24th. A few of our employees volunteered their time to speak to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at the school about potential careers in the construction industry. The students were able to interact by asking questions and viewing examples of some well-known projects we have completed in the Mobile area. They were also given the opportunity to try on safety gear such as harnesses, hard hats, glasses, gloves and vests.
WSC was also honored to help fund the AIA Mobile Chapter's Service Project for Victory Teaching Farm in midtown Mobile. Originally scheduled to take place April 18, the workday for this project was rescheduled for Saturday, April 25 which caused a lower turnout than expected. However, the project was still a huge success as the crew was able to help with 3 large raise beds and two potting tables, set two outdoor veggie sinks and lay 162 concrete pavers - all of which was completed in about five hours!
White-Spunner Construction would like to thank Government Street Christian School and the AIA Mobile Chapter for giving us the opportunity to teach kids about careers in the construction industry and for allowing us to help out with construction needs for a local nonprofit organization in our community!