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!
White-Spunner Construction is participating in OSHA's second annual Stand Down for Fall Prevention May 4th-15th. Falls are the number one cause of fatalities in the construction industry and have been for many years. They account for roughly 300 deaths per year, all of which were preventable. This year, the goal of the Stand Down is to reach out and inform more than 3 million workers nationwide. At WSC, we will be doing our part to help reach this goal by hosting a stand-down on each of our jobsites and educating approximately 250 workers in the Southeast.
(Pictured: WSC's first stand-down was held Tuesday, May 5 at a jobsite in downtown Mobile.)
For more information about OSHA's Stand Down for Fall Prevention, visit www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/.
White-Spunner Construction, Inc. was recently presented with three awards at the 2015 ABC Alabama Safe Day Awards luncheon held Friday, April 17th. The annual ceremony recognizes companies in the construction industry with outstanding corporate safety and health plans and exhibit superior safety initiatives. The company received a Safest in the Industry Silver Award, as well as a Gold Level STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) Award in recognition of achievement and ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program. The company was also awarded the Fleet Safety Award, presented by the ABC Alabama Chapter and Enterprise Fleet Management, in recognition of its Fleet Safety Program and ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program.
Since the start of our company, safety has always been and will remain our top priority. We are committed to continuously working to maintain and improve our safety culture, and these awards are a direct testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees in keeping our company and those we work with safe at all times.
This week (March 23-27) is National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. Alabama Struck-By Alliance will be using this week to publicize potential dangers to workers and motorists in highway work zones and is asking that companies throughout Alabama participate in a "Safety Stand Down" focusing on work zone safety by hosting a tool box talk anytime during the week. The theme for this year's National campaign is "Expect the Unexpected."
White-Spunner Construction has pledged to take part in this year's Safety Stand Down and will be holding mandatory tool box talks to discuss work zone safety and distracted driving at all our job sites. Although we aren't road builders, our company does plenty of work next to roadways, we have friends or family that work for road building companies, and all of us frequently drive through areas of road work. The men and women working in these areas are mothers, fathers, sons or daughters and deserve the respect from all of us to slow down and help keep them safe.
However, it's not just the workers in these road work zones that we need to protect. From 2004-2013, there were more than 5,500 work zone crashes in Alabama resulting in injuries and 232 fatal crashes. Four out of five fatalities in work zone accidents are drivers and passengers. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of these crashes, and the three main types of distractions are visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel) or cognitive (not paying attention to what you're doing). While all distractions can endanger drivers and others, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distractions (visual, manual and cognitive).
Some tips to remember while driving through a work zone include:
MOBILE, Ala. (March 12, 2015) – The Mobile Section of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Alabama named White-Spunner Construction’s (WSC) Safety and Compliance Manager, Ross Moyer, “2014 Safety Leader of the Year” at its 13th annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 11 at the Mobile Country Club. Moyer was chosen for the award based on his dedication and innovativeness as WSC’s safety leader, as well as his active participation and contribution to safety in the construction industry.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Moyer. “I can manage and implement all the new procedures I want, but it wouldn’t mean anything without a shared commitment to safety from each of our employees at WSC. I’m very thankful and proud to work for a company where each individual understands the importance of safety and takes personal responsibility to make sure everyone stays safe at all times.”
The company was also presented with a Construction Safety Excellence Award in the Building Division for maintaining an excellent safety record throughout 2014. WSC finished the year with more than 127,000 hours worked without a lost-time incident, OSHA recordable or OSHA violation, bringing the company’s overall total to 2.25 million consecutive safe hours worked.
Mobile Section, Alabama AGC is a part of The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc., the leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 26,000 firms, including more than 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, more than 9,000 specialty contracting firms and more than 10,500 service providers and suppliers. AGC is dedicated to safety and accident prevention, continuing education, research in methods and materials, ethics and trade practices, and market development. The Association serves its members by providing guidance in the fields of labor relations, legislation, public relations, contracts and bidding procedures.
The 26th Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cookoff was a huge success! The event, presented by Trax Tire Pros, was held at The Grounds on Saturday, March 7 and raised more than $170,000 to support the ACS's fight against cancer. More than 15,000 people came out to try the wide variety of chili recipes from the 75 teams competing for Best Chili in Mobile.
The competition definitely saw some interesting recipes with unique ingredients such as elk, snapping turtle and kangaroo. WSC's Chicken Chili recipe placed us on this year's leaderboard, but the overall winner of the Chili Cookoff was Thompson Engineering.
This event is highly anticipated each year among White-Spunner employees, and we always have a blast being able to enjoy some great food with our friends and family while supporting a great cause.
WSC would like to welcome back Amy Anderson as our Human Resources Consultant. Amy previously worked for WSC as Human Resources Director from 2006-2009. She is currently consulting for White-Spunner Realty, Inc. as well.
Amy grew up in Mobile and attended Baker High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1997. Prior to her first few years at WSC, Amy spent her HR career in the healthcare industry and worked at Providence Hospital for 15 years. She has spent the last five years working as Vice President of Human Resources for a local rehabilitation management company.
Amy’s husband, Robert, is a Manager at Trax Tire Auto Service Center. They have two sons, Noah who is nine years old and Jonah who is seven. Amy’s hobbies include reading, singing, outdoor sports with her boys and college football.
The demonstration was a perfect example of how stress is created. Many of us have a routine we follow every day, similar to the pattern in which the balls were thrown. Now imagine each item on your daily to do list as another ball being added to the circle. As your list grows, it becomes harder and harder to juggle everything at once and eventually it becomes too much for one person to handle.
Following the demonstration, Ross went over a few strategies that have been proven to reduce stress including body relaxation such as breathing techniques and guided imagery, physical exercise such as yoga and other workout routines, meditation and counseling. Effectively managing stress can yield several benefits including improved physical health, increased energy, stabilized emotions, a more positive attitude, happier moods, improved focus and ability to learn and achieve. Some other helpful tips for managing stress include changing perceptions and expectations, breaking tasks into manageable parts, setting reasonable and realistic goals, avoiding procrastination, setting boundaries, refusing to compromise values, and scheduling some personal time for yourself to relax.
This was a very fun and imformative lunch and learn for our employees, and we plan to have several more sessions like this throughout the year. Our goal at WSC is to provide our employees with plenty of opportunities to learn more about safety, health and wellness and to remain knowledgable and up to date on topics, techniques, trends and changes within our industry.
White-Spunner Construction was proud to help sponsor the 2015 Green Coast Council Sustainability Summit held on Friday, January 30 at the University of South Alabama. The Summit included several presentations about sustainability trends, current efforts here on the Gulf Coast and goals for the future, as well as panel discussions and a tour of the University's College of Engineering.
The Executive Director of the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council, Eliska Morgan, was the speaker for the opening session and provided updates about the Gulf Coast oil spill recovery efforts and funding. Other sessions in this year's Summit included:
Summit attendees were treated to lunch, which also served as ACF's Annual Meeting, and enjoyed a presentation from keynote speaker Mona Amodeo, founder and president of idgroup. After lunch, a panel discussion was held on the role of engineering in the future of sustainability. Dr. John Steadman, Dean of USA's College of Engineering, moderated the discussion, and panelists included Dr. John Valentine with Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Michael McHugh with AlabamaSAVES, Dr. Bret Webb with the University of South Alabama and Denise King with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood.
Other sponsors for the Sustainability Summit included Partners for Environmental Progress, Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Thompson Engineering, the University of South Alabama, U.S. Green Building Council's Alabama Chapter, World Omni Financial Corporation and Mobile Bay National Estuary Program.