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