Working safely is a consistent, Company-wide focus throughout the year, but for several teams in the Southeast Division recently, celebrating safely also came to the forefront.
Three sites, Georgia’s Junction City Quarry, and Alabama’s Auburn and O’Neal quarries, each surpassed 500,000 consecutive safe work hours in the spring, moving management at each location to hold luncheons to mark the milestones. Maylene Quarry, another Martin Marietta site in Alabama, had reached the 500,000-hour mark in the late winter.
On June 17 in Junction City, where the quarry’s team had surpassed 500,000 hours without a reportable incident, Southeast Division President Joe Reilly joined the festivities, addressing the crowd along with Martin Marietta’s Vice President of Safety and Health Michael Hunt, Jay Waddell, vice president-general manager for the division’s South Georgia District, and Chip Moore, area production manager and the quarry’s supervisor.
A day earlier, O’Neal’s crew, under the leadership of Plant Manager John Henderson, celebrated 500,000 hours without a lost-time incident at the Calera, Alabama, quarry.
In attendance were Hunt, Buzz Crosby, vice president-general manager for the North Georgia and Alabama districts, and John Stalcup, Alabama District production manager.
Auburn’s team, led by Plant Manager Michael Roberts, commemorated their streak without a lost-time incident on May 28, drawing Reilly, Crosby and Stalcup to their site.
After attending the three spring events and Maylene's winter celebration of 500,000 hours without a reportable incident, Allen Owen, Alabama District HR/safety manager, said that any team striving to work safely must try to anticipate potential dangers before they appear.
"It’s about going out there and taking a proactive approach," Owen said. "These guys look at a job, ask what could happen and then ask how to prevent it from happening. They’re proactive about getting the job done safely."
David Evans, a quality assurance supervisor at Junction City, agreed with Owens, noting that he and his colleagues work daily to keep each other safe.
"Each and every person here gets the vision and gets the message," he said. "These guys take great pride in their work and in their families. They strive for excellence every day."