National Work Zone Awareness Week is dedicated to the safety of our workers, roadways, and drivers. As part of our commitment to safety, I Build America – Ohio is giving safety managers the spotlight to share why safety is so important to our crews and our communities — and how the public can do its part. Check out the profile below for a first-hand look at why safety is important today and every day!
Name: Jeremy Stockwell
Company: Shook Construction
Title/Position: Director of Safety
Years Working in Construction: 30
How did you begin your career in construction? Framing houses in Nashville TN.
How do you contribute to the overarching safety of your company’s workforce? I and my team develop and implement plans and procedures that help ensure a project is successful and profitable. Additionally, I oversee the auditing, training requirements as well as ensuring projects have the necessary tools, equipment, and PPE to get the project done safely.
What does your company do to ensure safety on the job? Shook employs 5 fulltime Safety Professionals who actively participate in every aspect of the projects, from onboarding of subcontractors, site audits, training, and assistance with specific plan development. Our Safety team strives to partner with the project team and to act as a resource for efficient, safe, and productive activities. Shook also employs a Training and Development manager to coordinate, track, and implement Safety, HR, and Operations learning.
What is one thing you wish the general public knew about safety in construction? It is inherently dangerous work, that our men and women perform daily so that we can all lead comfortable lives, drink clean water, send our children to safe schools, and send our families to safe medical facilities. These men and women must plan every aspect of their day to ensure they can get back home to their families.
How can the public help keep construction workers and work zones safe? Be Alert, slow down, and stay off of your mobile devices.