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IN THIS ISSUE Tips for Working Safely Meet the EH&S Task Teams


Photo by Ricky Thompson

NNS’ Commitment to Safety


September 2013

Dear Shipbuilders: During the past year, we’ve conducted surveys and held focus groups to get a sense of how safety is perceived across the shipyard. While most employees believe it is our number one priority, there is some concern that the safety and well-being of shipbuilders comes after our quality, cost and schedule priorities. I want to be clear: Your health and safety is my primary concern, and I expect everyone – no matter what your job or job title is – to work safely, to look out for fellow shipbuilders, and to stop unsafe work if you see it. To put an even greater emphasis on safety, we are implementing many new initiatives across the shipyard. We have been discussing the importance of safety with work teams across the yard, and your supervisors should have discussed our updated safety policy with you and described some of the projects that are underway to improve safety performance and reduce injuries. You should have also received a STOP IT card badge with my phone number on it. If you see an unsafe practice and need to call me about it, I encourage you to do so. You have my word that you will not be penalized or reprimanded in any way for stopping unsafe work. In this special issue of Yardlines, you will find information and resources to keep us all on a safer path. I am counting on you to help make the shipyard a safer place, and you can count on me to support you in your efforts. We must all work together to reclaim our title as the safest shipyard in America. Sincerely,

Matt Mulherin President, Newport News Shipbuilding

When it comes to safety at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), ZERO injuries is the absolute goal. So, is it realistic to think that eliminating injuries altogether is achievable? Many shipbuilders believe it is, and there’s a lot of focus and activity going on in the shipyard to make believers out of every employee. Initiatives ranging from new mentoring and training programs to investments in new tools and equipment to providing online forums to make it easier for teams to share safety information are taking place. There’s also a team of employees from across the yard examining and making recommendations for every aspect of the shipyard that affects safety. “One of the biggest challenges we have is changing the way we think and behave about safety,” said Dru Branche, director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S). “We have to believe we can prevent all workplace injuries, and we need to come to work every day with that mindset.” In the past, the company focused on annual goals for the number of workplace injuries and for work time lost


New Normal:

anInjury-Free Shipyard due to those injuries. “These types of goals say to our workforce that we accept injuries as a normal part of doing business. This is the behavior we must change,” said Branche.

her Refueling and Complex Overhaul, Nuclear Quality Inspector Heather Moran was stopped by a shipbuilder who noticed her EH&S Task Team hard hat sticker. He said he was concerned about an issue in his work area.

That’s why 100 percent responsibility and zero excuses are important. Without compromise, the priority should be safety first.

“I immediately went to investigate the employee’s work area and saw that he had legitimate concerns,” said Moran.

“Accidents and injuries are preventable,” explained Branche. “We are encouraging all our employees to be more proactive and take actions before injuries occur. Taking a little extra time to thoroughly check a work area for things that could possibly contribute to an injury before we begin work isn’t going to get in the way of maintaining our schedule. It only helps to ensure that the work stays on schedule because our employees are injury-free.”

After informing the EH&S rep and the appropriate team in charge of the area, Moran blocked the area and wouldn’t allow anyone near. She remained until Health and Safety arrived and she was assured that corrective actions were being taken. “I hope more employees will make it their responsibility to report unsafe conditions and take immediate action. It can really make a difference,” said Moran. I By Gina Chew-Holman

The new STOP IT card badge is an example of how the company is empowering employees to speak up and report things they believe are unsafe. In July, while touring an area at Dry Dock 11, where the Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) aircraft carrier is undergoing

On the Cover: Rita Reid (right) checks the fit of Shannon Keefer’s safety goggles during the Aug. 6 EH&S Task Team Expo. Photo by Ricky Thompson



For the shipyard, “Star” status refers to its membership in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), an OSHA program designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management practices at worksites. Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) was designated a VPP “Star” site in 1995 – the highest seal of approval OSHA gives to a worksite in recognition of its safety programs and practices. “Star” status comes with benefits, including a cooperative relationship with OSHA, input into OSHA’s standard-setting process, and positive community recognition and interaction. OSHA inspects “Star” sites every five years. NNS is due to be recertified in April 2015. As industry leaders, “Star” sites are also held to high standards. To continue to keep employees safe and maintain “Star” status, NNS has developed several safety initiatives. • NNS senior leadership meets weekly to review recent workplace injuries, their root causes, and potential corrective and preventative actions. • New safety training courses are being developed and technology solutions have been identified to improve communications between the shipyard’s 875 EH&S Task Team members. • New tools and equipment have been purchased to assist with body motion injuries, which represent about 50 percent of NNS employees’ injuries. NNS Crane Operator Marty Womack was recognized in August 2011 by the VPP for his commitment to safety. The 31-year shipyard veteran serves on an NNS EH&S Task Team and is an ambassador for the VPP program. His safety philosophy is simple: It’s everyone’s responsibility. “We have the ability to police ourselves,” he said. “This is our house. We need to take care of it and each other. We should never use the excuse that we can’t work safely and still meet budget and schedule. My challenge to everyone is to be all in when it comes to safety. That’s what it means to be a safety ‘Star,’ and we owe it to ourselves and our co-workers to keep it that way.” I By Christie Miller

Newport News Shipbuilding’s “Star” status is displayed on the 310-metric-ton crane. The shipyard was designated a VPP Star by OSHA in 1995. Photo by Chris Oxley

ONE-THOUSAND Last summer when HealthWaves Injury Prevention Specialists Kenny Elrod and Terry Holbert began Industrial Athletes, an educational and interactive program that demonstrates techniques designed to improve an employee’s well-being, they knew there would be lots of skepticism. Since then, more than 1,000 shipbuilders have enrolled in the program. “Shipbuilders move a lot of material, and they need to understand how their bodies operate when moving that material. If they learn how to operate effectively, they can change how their bodies respond to stress and conditions,” explained Holbert. Deck Plate Planner Mary Thompson believes the program can change the way shipbuilders think about safety in the yard. “I think it’s really good that they’re able to implement something like this to help your body because you do get into some really difficult positions. It also sends a message that the shipyard cares about my health and my body, and that I’m an asset they want to look out for,” said Thompson. General Foreman Jason Ipock introduced his entire team to the program because of the heavy materials they handle every day. “One of my guys has moved more than 40,000 pounds of material in the last two years, and that kind of stress is eventually going to affect the body,” Ipock said. “By training those muscles and stretching, it greatly reduces that chance.” HealthWaves will also customize the program based on the needs of each member or team. “I think that the stretching program is good, especially for our particular gang, because we do a great deal of lifting inside tanks. We work with different sized panels that require us to lift them in many awkward positions. It’s good to loosen up before we go into the tank,” said Sheet Metal Specialist Glenn Bradshaw. Bradshaw’s teammate Gloria Boone, who has been at the shipyard for 29 years, said she had received handouts on safety and well-being in the past, but she didn’t really understand the impact it could have until she participated in the Industrial Athletes program with her team. “Working hands-on with the stretches really showed me the benefit of doing the exercises every day, and I believe it will help improve my overall productivity,” Boone said.

| By Jeremy Bustin

Front to back: Glenn Bradshaw, Michael Thomas Jr., LaTonya Ransom, Rodney Tann and Forman Gregery Hoefflin participate in stretching exercise as part of the shipyard’s Industrial Athletes program. Photo by John Whalen.






It is Newport News Shipbuilding’s policy to operate in a safe, responsible manner which respects the health of our employees, customers, suppliers and community. We expect all employees to embrace this policy, adopt these values, understand their obligations, actively participate, take responsibility and be a role model for others.

Our Values 1. We value human life above all else. 2. We believe that all industrial injuries and illnesses can be prevented. 3. We perform our work in a manner that enables an injury, illness and accident-free workplace. 4. We do not compromise safety for cost and schedule. 5. We maintain an environment where employees can report safety concerns without fear of reprisal. 6. We require leaders to safeguard employees and maintain a safe and healthy workplace. 7. We continuously evaluate and improve our operations to minimize risk. 8. We measure and assess our performance by setting objectives and communicating openly.

Revised August 2013



Every day, teams of shipbuilders, who through their diligence, focus and strict adherence to safety procedures, are accident-free. The following teams are highly engaged in their work and credit open and clear communication, care and concern for each other and first time quality for their successful records. FAB SHOP – 8 YEARS “ACCIDENT-FREE”


Shipbuilders in the Fabrication Shop’s Shape Field have gone eight years without a personnel injury and seven years without a crane accident while performing more than 270,000 lifts. What’s their secret?

Burners working on Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) say that watching out for each other and first-time quality are the keys to their success. The crew has remained accidentfree for the past 1,000 days.

Shipbuilders Arthur Williams and Bryan Vick believe that the crew’s success is a direct result of crew members not allowing themselves to become complacent. “We never let ourselves or any of our crew members get in a rhythm of doing something over and over again,” said Williams. “Sometimes when people do something repetitively they don’t think about the job they’re actually doing – instead they just go through the motions and that’s when mistakes happen.”

“We work on the Final Assembly Platen and down in the dry dock,” said Herman Peoples. “We are consistently around fire, cables and other items that can be dangerous if we aren’t paying attention. If we see someone in a potentially dangerous situation we alert them.”

Carlos Jordan believes that the crew’s commitment to safety has also played a large part in helping the team succeed. “We all share a common goal of wanting to go home to our loved ones the same way we came into work,” he said. “So we constantly watch out for each other to ensure that no one gets into a dangerous situation.” Bonnie Lindsey added that the crew also holds daily safety discussions. “We talk about different safety topics during our crew talks and ‘Take Five’ each day,” she said. “This has helped keep safety on the forefront of everyone’s mind.” Vick added, “Going eight years accident-free has started a safety tradition in the Fab Shop. We’re going to continue doing what we’ve done for the past eight years and build upon that success.”

Gerald R. Ford burners Herman Peoples (left) and Ray Rodgers attribute first-time quality and not taking short cuts to their team’s record 1,000 days of working accident-free. Photo by Chris Oxley.

Ray Rodgers said the crew takes pride in doing their job right the first time. “We don’t take short cuts,” he said. “We take the necessary time to get the job complete with first-time quality. This helps protect us because we aren’t rushing around – and in the long run it saves us time because we don’t have to go back to redo a job.”

NUCLEAR PIPE WELDERS – 300 WEEKS “ACCIDENT-FREE” Communication has enabled welders in the Nuclear Pipe Shop to remain accident-free for more than 300 weeks. “Every morning before we start work we talk about safety,” said Bert Boone. “Our foreman goes over best practices, ‘what if’ scenarios and tips about safety in the environment in which we work. During this time crew members are able to share stories or experiences they have encountered at work or at home and what they did to remain safe.” Johnnie Rainey believes that sharing experiences has had a positive influence on their crew. “Every day we learn something different. This has served as a daily reminder to me and the rest of my crew about always keeping safety in mind and never letting your guard down.” Boone added, “Being reminded about safety each day is a good thing. However, we have taken what we’ve learned and put it into action.” | By Lauren Ward


New Generation Climbing deep in the bowels of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), strapped with safety gear and power tools, the craftsmen in the Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) program have to know their surroundings and their tools to avoid accidents. So, to help new employees better prepare for these challenges deep in the bilges, foremen have put together a hands-on mock-up instruction outside the classroom that takes employees with two or fewer years’ experience and tests their knowledge on the ship itself. Mentoring a group of 20 to 30 new employees is Blaster Specialist Donald Crenshaw, a 30-year veteran of

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) who has spent all of his shipyard time in the RCOH community. With his experience overhauling aircraft carriers, Crenshaw is now passing trade knowledge and experience he’s gained over three decades on to the next generation of shipbuilders. Assisted by the Production & Maintenance Skills Training Department, who provided the facilities, half-hour classes were taught for three days on how to handle, operate and clean power tools. Crenshaw, under the direction of Craft Instructor Charles Beamon, monitored the newer employees to keep them safe when working on the ship’s surface preparation.

“We decided to start this program after an accident; we realized that some people needed additional guidance on how to operate the tools. So now I’m giving back what was given to me,” said Crenshaw. Under his watchful eye, new employees have cut down tool-related accidents 100 percent since the class’s inception. “People can hurt themselves by holding the tools too tight or at the wrong angles,” explained Heather Kenning, an apprentice and one of Crenshaw’s mentees. “It’s still difficult at times, but I’m much better with the angles now because of the class.”

Using power tools in the ship’s bilges can cause injury if employees aren’t prepared. “The work is tight. You’re crawling through small spaces and you’re on your knees all the time,” said Apprentice Bria Hill. “You really need to know your surroundings on the boat at all times, so the class has taught us to recognize obstacles and be safe,” agreed Marine Painter Ivis Suarez. I By Phoebe Doty

Marine Painter Ivis Suarez is one of 30 new employees Blaster Specialist Donald Crenshaw is mentoring to reduce accidents in the Refueling and Complex Overhaul program. Photo by Ricky Thompson



PING YOUR EYES S A F E According to the Health and Safety Department, eye injuries account for roughly 11 percent of all shipyard injuries. EH&S Task Team members share best practices to keep your eyes safe. • Make sure your safety glasses or goggles are properly fitted. This means there must be very little space between the lenses, side shields and your face. Glasses should firmly sit on your nose without being too tight. EH&S Task Team Member Rick Collier recommends trying one of nine new types of eyewear available through the tool rooms. If you still can’t find a pair that fits, contact Safety. • Lean forward when removing hoods, hats, glasses, etc. “It prevents the debris from falling into your eyes,” said Structural Welder Tim Watkins. • Be aware of your surroundings. “If you’re welding with a bulkhead behind you, the sparks can bounce off that and back to you,” said Watkins. • Use Parker’s™ Perfect anti-fogging spray to reduce fog. Fitter Darryl Dildy believes that eye injuries occur more often during the summer because of the heat. “When people sweat, their glasses fog up, making it hard to see. And when they take them off they wipe their eyes, causing debris to get in,” said Dildy. • Report it now. If you get debris or a foreign object in your eye, immediately report it to the clinic. “If you don’t go to the clinic right away, the injury may become worse overnight,” said Collier. If you miss your ride home, the company will provide a ride home at no charge. “It doesn’t take much to get hurt if you’re not careful” said Watkins. “When you prepare yourself with the right protection and practices you will be less likely to sustain an injury.” I By Rehn West


Meet the nearly 900 shipbuilders who are members of Newport News Shipbuilding’s Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Task Teams. These teams, led by crafts men and women and supported by leadership, play an important role in the company’s health and safety program by performing necessary inspections of production areas, identifying and correcting discrepancies, encouraging peers to work safely and report concerns, and recommending improvements to minimize the risk of hazardous situations and potential injuries. Office Services (O14) Tiffany Blount Donald R. Carter Matthew D. Cuellar Katherine A. Frazier Temeka R. Gorham Stephanie A. Poole Cheryl A. Sanford   Security (O15) James E. Allen Ricky L. Ammons Matthew P. Bass Jr. Andrew L. Brandon Shawn L. Chase Scott F. Dormire Mark T. Hayes William D. Jennings Edward L. McGlone Jr. Jerred A. Naugle Brewington L. Reid Kenneth L. Ruff Mark Shaffer Tina L. Sledge-Valentine Pamela D. Wilkerson   Compensation & Employee Benefits / Food Service (O23) Michael Adkin Jr. Troy Carter Randy L. Griffin Thomas Norris Cornelius Smith John W. Young Jr.   Production & Maintenance Skills Training (O26) Takiyah S. Bailey Brian D. Burroughs Maurice Jordan Louise A. McCarthy Brenda S. Meekins Catherine B. Mintz Cilnte A. Potter Karen Primm Dale T. Seaborne Michael R. Varner   Laboratory Services 1st Shift (O31) John R. Amend Heather L. Anderson Kenneth C. Ashley Jr. Walter Fortenberry Isa D. Hill Matthew P. Jaroma Steven C. Jones Nicole M. Lawrence Kenny E. Morgan Kendra D. Surber Thomas L. Timberlake   Maintenance Department 1st Shift (O43)   Lenwood E. Adams Jr. Brian M. Banks Sarah G. Block Frank J. Boyer IV Brian Bruce Paul A. Chung Renee A. Devitt Clarice S. Diggs Marshall Hearst Reginald L. Perry Gordon P. Roberts Jr.

Brian L. Roberts Pierrette A. Swan Brian E. Todd Gary M. Wilson Kelsie M. Woods Plant Operations 1st Shift (O46) Frederick E. Burkhart III Susan D. Burns Donald W. Butler Scott A. Campbell Michael S. Doggett Jr. William I. Hopkins Paul D. Lux Robert Mork Chapelle A. Price Joshue C. Reopelle James A. Royal Roberta H. Spencer Vernard Earl G. Williams Glen Winnegan   Plant Operations 2nd Shift (O46) Michele L. Affolter Lashanda Y. Gillis Felicia K. Harvey Judy S. Moore James A. Robertson Jr. Katrina G. Ruffin Cindy D. Winborne   SCM Production Planning and Control (O57) Bruce E. Coffey Alicia S. Jones Sherry C. Maclay Saundra L. Marshall Michael L. Moncovich Patricia L. Morris Ronald F. Orme   Surface Ship & Submarine Fleet Maintenance / Fleet Support (O64)  Michael T. Blackshear Richard G. Miller George W. Toth   Dimensional Control (O68) James E. Adair Katherine G. Allison Gregory L. Barb Antoine A. Braxton Cesar M. Castro Jr. Lisa Dudney Zachary T. Griffin Dales K. Jones Roger B. Mumford II Adam M. Murphy Margaret S. Rayfield Brandon R. Saunders William J. Schulte Jason A. Thompson James Terry Tunstall Bernard L. Urquhart Chiquesia L. Whitehead Charles A. Wickline Jeffrey D. Wood Paula A. Young Dana L. Zarichny   3rd Shift David S. Barnes Jr. Charles B. Carr III

Albert D. Elliott Jr. Timothy O. Fitzgerald Precious A. Grayson Ralph U. Hunt John E. Kitchens Corey M. Kornegay Jerry B. Land Barry P. Lirette Bryan C. Milo Gloria J. Raynor Bryan E. Stewart-Jones Kevin Weber Blast & Coat Facilities Robert Blount Wayne W. Boone Timothy T. Butler Jr. Christopher A. Gaskill Ricky Jones Rosa M. Perry Stephen L. Pierce Shaun T. Riley Edward L. Roper Scott Allen Simpson   Production Refueling & Nuclear Support / CRF Refueling (X33) Matthew A. Antezana Kevin R. Barber Tyisha L. Battle Myron T. Bowers Benjamin L. Claude Michael D. Clements John S. Confalone III Dwight Cooper Philip L. Delk Patricia A. Dixon Teresa Dixon Larry D. Faison Michael J. Greene Laneisha J. Jenkins Kurt C. Johnson Brian K. Logan Antoine D. Meeks Kelley L. Mettenbrink Donald H. Miller James M. Morris Shawn E. Patterson Joseph L. Preli Philip J. Serio Wendy I. Spencer Ashley N. Strand Christophe A. Street Richard N. Swain Jr. Thomas C. Venable George T. Webster III James P. Wilson   CVN 65 Defueling Facilities Christopher C. Bennett Gary B. Cain Justin D. Christenbury Devon O. Clarke Jerry A. Crandol David A. Demarco Franklin M. Dillard Alonzo I. Dove Timothy D. Durall Eric L. Eisele Henry M. Ellis III Ian D. Gilpatrick Britni D. Gray Brandon E. Gregory Antonio McCraven

Joshua T. Newville Wendell B. Pernell Richard K. Roach Jonathan M. Shanks Michael D. Shortt Wendy I. Spencer Lily B. Sperle Douglas J. Teets Nathan J. Thomas Douglas M. Thompson Ike Turner Jordan L. Wallmeyer CVN 65 Christopher W. Byrum Sharon L. Christensen Terryl L. Dunn Sarah E. Gentry Timothy D. Henley Lisa P. Lee Michelle K. Maclay Timothy W. Montgomery Delesia Mundy Cheryl D. Pruitt Brandon A. Smith Ashley J. Snethen Walter L. Thomas Corey L. Williams   CVN 72 2nd Shift  Hasan Abdul Malik Kevin L. Artis Stephen T. Carter Mark P. Desper Jr. Lawrence H. Goodwin Jr. Ryan L. Hayes Gary Hines Jermar L. James Steveland A. Jones Jullian B. Lutes Steven L. Reynolds Jr. Willie Rountree Elizabeth Taylor Kelvin L. White Charles A. Wilkerson   CVN 72 Gloria L. Boone Joshua B. Enyart Clorice Y. Garnett Eric Goolsby Robert R. Hafer Janet D. Jones Kelly T. Reese David C. Roberts Carlton B. Sessoms Samuel P. Tabb Jr. George D. Thompson Lonnell Thompson Allen C. Wellons Joey Wiggins   CVN 78 3rd Shift Donald V. Barr Ricky T. Bell Matthew J. Blankenship Peter M. Boring Anthony T. Brown William P. Crocker Jr. John W. Dover II Joshua K. Gibson Cody B. Hill Jesse C. Johnson Joe P. McCormick Jonathan E. Moscoffian Andre R. Reedy

Jessica L. Snow Jamie A. Tyler Tangela D. Wagner-Edmond Kenny E. Weeks Earl J. Wiese III Vontrease D. Williams Demeterius L. Willis Foundry Anthony L. Abaya Charles S. Apple Dustin D. Askew Javante O. Battle Nelson A. Brantley Sharron Burr David T. Diggs Andrew W. Eshelman Kenneth E. Herring Jr. Paul L. Howard III Stephen M. Kelley William B. Larkin Sean A. Merilic Kevin W. Miller Andrew S. Piskorski Kervin L. Riddick Pablo F. Villagra   CVN78-DD12 John R. Adams Michael Alexander Crystal L. Billman Marisa Bohler Rebecca Boyd James R. Bragg Terry M. Bush W. Larry Clark Jr. Richard A. Collier Brandon H. Crable Artis L. Drake Jeremy W. Farley Geneva R. Fitchett David A. Greene Brian L. Holstein Leslie H. Matthews Jr. Christine Mitchell Russell L. Murphy Cheryl D. Pruitt Rita R. Reid Luke J. Rowe Tirece D. Swarn Joseph B. Torres Eric D. Ward James E. Williams Michael S. Yankanwich   Machine Shop 1st & 2nd Shifts David Beason David D. Duke Corey L. Hill Marcus T. Hillis Logan C. Lowry Chad T. Messick Steven F. Olszak Rodney A. Pope Arlene M. Quinn Ronald J. Scott Wesley I. Wooten  Machine Shop (M42 1st Shift)  Garnet E. Abdelmalak Joann Aguilar Nicholas T. Alejandro Janet Bass Kenneth R. Batts

Casey E. Bill Justin K. Burch Justin A. Burdette Bryan D. Cain Vernon R. Gardner Jr. Terry D. Gray Cynthia G. Hanna James Hopkins Clinton W. Hornberger Kimberly M. Jarvis Milton L. Jimison Jr. Renee P. Judd Jacob E. Judkin George B. Liufau Andre L. Norfus Chad P. Powell Lonnie J. Smith Gary L. Sullivan Edward M. Thompson Marcus J. Windham Machine Shop (M53 1st Shift) Bernard D. Babb Jr. James R. Bailey Jr. Anthony L. Brown Tiffani M. Brown Peter J. Devlieg Sam D. Elder Anthony R. Johnson Sharon D. Miles Zane A. Miller Derrick W. Moore Jun P. Paler LaToya Pierce Jonathan M. Raymond Michael B. Wolford   New Construction (CVN 78) Michael J. Blea Anthony T. Brown James E. Dixon Artis L. Drake James D. Evans Daniel L. Foreman David L. Jones Jr. Ronald H. Jones Jr. Lanese D. Joyner Akilah S. Moody Johnnie F. Myers Jr. Michelle D. Watson Brian W. Weischedel   Newport News Industrial Mark S. Bailey Arthur D. Ballew Fred A. Brown Gary R. Carraway Michael J. DeBord Bruce W. Diggs Jr. Curtis L. Fawcett Mark K. Fernald Alfred Joyner Jr. John M. Keating Leonard Wade Lynn Daniel K. Meadows Gilberto Rodriguez Douglas F. Todd Jr.   Newport News Iindustrial Night Watch Kevin C. Angle Joshua G. Brainard Astro C. Bren Maury E. Carr Charles D. Carroll

Nathan E. Dimmock Thomas R. Ferguson Kevin A. Games Ronald L. Gobble Jr. Wayne Jackson Michael A. Johns James S. Jones Lisa Lindsey Keith W. Long David B. McKercher Kevin S. Price Ruel E. Scott Jr. Clem E. Stewart III David O. Swain North Yard Mixed Trades 2nd Shift Darrius A. Ashlock James S. Barrineau Rodney S. Blount Alan A. Brinkley Woodrow M. Brooks Allen D. Burton Sr. Thomas Chapman Travis C. English Sterge A. Evans II Geneva R. Fitchett Robert L. Ford II Donovan A. Hayes John J. Hooper Gladys F. Hunt James T. Johnson III Mark Keafer Steven R. Knoblauch William C. Lindsey Seth A. Mathis Neil H. Miller Lucianna L. Mutz Franklin J. Schei William H. Smith Joshua L. Thorvaldson James C. Wezensky Kelvin L. White Lonnie L. Wright III Justin Yaeger   PUAF Felicia D. Britt Walter L. Brooks Colin M. Coke Randolph Deloatch John J. Loch Elroy L. Lockhart Arthur B. Reviea Hope M. Spencer   Quality (O38/O39) Crystal E. Adams Cameron M. Croll Robert Davis Mark W. Dial Justin R. Finney Jeffery T. Fredrick Ian D. Gilpatrick Michael G. Grasso Shannon M. Keefer Kevin G. Knight Nathan S. McInnis Shannon L. Noel Gerard O. Price Ronald L. Salyer II Jamie M. Samuels Jeremy B. Shaarda Lakesha S. Starks Jason E. Swaney Thomas C. Venable Eric D. Ward Shane A. West Brittany M. Dilillo Justin H. Woodburn   Reactor Store Room Earl T. Brown Dale Cowell Adam A. Hensley Richard T. Jay William D. Jones Jr. Adam L. Napier Kenneth J. Oleary Richard A. Schenk David J. Sunderland

Michael D. Truitt James A. Ward RSF EH&S Task Teak Dwayne O. Alcock Payton E. Atkins Boris C. Bailey Gregory L. Baize Leslie R. Brown Marty D. Burnette Lanitra T. Butler Joshua B. Douglas Zachary S. Ensley Randall G. Estes Jr. John A. Firgau John J. King III Jerome C. Lee Matthew G. Marshall Howard B. Moore Jr. Travis R. Moultrie Carla G. Nanney James H. Rodgers Temeka Q. Shelton Wayne D. Thurnher   Supply Chain Management (O53) Karen D. Alvis Barbara A. Anderson Donald F. Archie Ladonna M. Bailey William M. Ballard Tyrone M. Davis Kenneth W. Devin Jr. Terrill M. Eley Floyd S. Foster Robert R. Green Edward O. Gregorie James E. Gregory Keith L. Griffin Michael G. Hawk Jacinda E. Hill-Jones Ralph U. Hunt Lyleton W. Jones Carolyn L. King Tina R. King Corey M. Kornegay Raymond G. Kurtz Tony K. Leigh Teresa M. Mullen Austin L. Otey Shawn G. Potter Jamaal A. Rias Dominique D. Ruffin Trina Y. Taylor Michael D. Ulmer Jr. Walter A. Weidman Samuel J. Williams   TFW Shops Sterling Bailey Andrew D. Kampman Thomas V. Lawson Steve Moody M42 Evelyn J. Neville Robert J. Ouelette Jr. Steven C. Oyer William J. Price Wayne A. Reed James C. Riley Jr. Kim R. Walker-Washington Keith A. Wilson James B. Woodson   VASCIC Donna L. Black Gary W. Derby Richard O. Johns Jr. John H. Price Jr. Kristin A. Wallis-Thomas   VCS 2nd Shift Ronnie S. Bergholz Thomas G. Bruzdoski III Keith A. Clay Jason R. Daniels Coyotito G. Faulk Linda C. Ferbee Thomas W. Hayes Renee Jones James E. King

Mark C. Malone Richard R. Miller William E. Miller Steve B. Moton Thomas J. Ransom John W. Savage Morris A. Shaw Maurice A. Sykes Heinz D. Trulley Ronnel Urquhart Lawton A. White Jr. VCS 1st Shift Anne Beale Terrence L. Blunt Timothy J. Bolt Ford S. Bradley David G. Brinkley III Nicholas A. Cuneo Katheryn G. DaRouse Harry E. Dittrick Judy L. Fundak Jason F. Gokey Karvin J. Gwaltney Leonard A. Hansbury Nathan Harper Arica L. Hurdle Joshua R. Jablonski Darren C. Jackson Sharon L. Jacobs Rodney A. Jean Robert W. Johnson Jr. Brian A. Johnston II Korey K. Kirkwood Angel McCoy Melvin J. McKennelly Robert T. Meis Dennis E. Miller Reginald Moody Luke C. Ohia Leslie W. Owens Joynal D. Peck Damon Scott Pierce Matthew J. Reed Cleveland T. Smith Nicholas K. Smith Wenzel A. Soliday Amanda E. Sooth Edwood A. Spruill William T. Walker David W. Williams Jr. Louis R. Williams Don W. Wynn   Structural Fabrication & Assembly / North 1st Shift (X10) Jerry T. Alvin Jessica L. Armour Rodney L. Beltz Christopher C. Bennett Eric W. Byrum Daryl C. Cyrus Michael B. Hailey Tracy R. Hall Luke N. Henning Emmanuel R. Johnson Zachary P. Jones II James G. Knight John K. Okleshen William D. Philpott Jr. Dustin H. Rheuark Allen Keith Shelton Tyquan R. Spratley Lori L. Steinhau Tammy L. Straughen Jacob A. Strom Scott T. Sullivan Ivory J. Valrey Erica C. Wagner Timothy L. Watkins Ron J. Whiteman   Structural Fabrication & Assembly / North 2nd Shift Phillip B. Anderson Laja M. Buckingham Heriberto C. Echevarria David Filippone Joe L. Justice Steven R. Knoblauch

Glaston C. Parker Jr. Thomas Perry Cory T. Snead Eric L. Stevens 040 Justin D. Winslow Structural Fabrication & Assembly / South 1st Shift Jeffrey H. Bolt Jonathon P. Bouley Charles E. Crocker Daryl C. Cyrus Darryl C. Dildy Tracy R. Hall Rush J. Johnson Jr. Ricky Jones Jr. Samantha T. Malone David G. McCann Jason D. Middleton Kevin B. Moore Daniel Narron Kenneth A. Parham Kenneth A. Payne Jr. Joshua R. Phelps John C. Rook Quinton L. Shoulars Raymond A. Sperle Lori L. Steinhau John A. Venable Anthony C. Williams Charles R. Wilson   Fitters / JSAOHA Improvement Michael W. Gravitt Rodney J. Hines Richard E. Machen Randolph P. Scott   Fitters / Lead (X11) Woodrow M. Brooks Kevin W. Byrum Darryl C. Dildy Michael W. Gravitt Michael B. Hailey Curtis S. Hall X88 Michael D. Ipock Spencer K. Jenkins Preston G. Leonard Richard E. Machen Charles Massie Jr. Thomas Perry Joseph Sabol James Uzzle Jr.   Fitters / Shipfitters Safety Review (X11) Danny G. Engle 022 Michael W. Gravitt Michael B. Hailey Richard E. Machen Charles Massie Jr.   Fabrication 1st Shift (X15) Nathaniel H. Addison Scott D. Cash Robert L. Dawson Matthew S. Dye Justin Fisher Ryan M. Johnson Michael R. Kinder Jr. Charles A. Partin III Woodrow Sanders Jr. Guy R. Shaulis Marty W. Womack Robert C. Wright   Fabrication 2nd Shift (X15) Kamal D. Bond Keith Clark Edward L. Curfman William B. Dumas Vincent S. Majette William D. Marr Newman L. Perry Travis B. Powell Raymon Quinones Connie Young  

Welders / FAP (X18) Vincent J. Branch Joshua Lavallais Samuel D. Murray Joshua R. Pertee Daniel Scott Gerald S. Traudt III Curtis L. White William L. Bassett Larry D. Deaver Donald L. Fulford Darnell Hawkins Robert B. Hufton Timothy L. Johnson Linkous D. Keene James E. King Keith A. Liakos William J. Malonson Charles Massie Jr. Michael C. Miller William E. Morris Ronald R. Mull Daniel Narron Daniel Scott Carlton B. Sessoms Andrew D. Sweeney Richard A. Tucker Timothy L. Watkins Ronald S. Waynick Donald W. Weiss Electrical / Lead (X31) Broderick L. Ames John E. Brock Jr. Thomas T. Gatling David V. Gill Mark E. Goodrich Joseph W. Harris Sergio A. Johnston Alfonso Little Jr. Timothy W. Montgomery David L. Palagyi Stanley C. Reams Andre R. Reedy Yong S. Richardson David L. Robinson Jr. Erskine C. Smith Bryon A. Stanley   Sheet Metal / Lead (X32) James L. Ball Darryl E. Best Jr. Shawn M. Chapman Derek C. Garrett Isaih D. Harrison Charles E. Hughes Jr. Dwight L. Jones Linwood S. Joyner Jr. Chad T. Messick Edwin Q. Minor Stephen C. Norman Terry Y. Tyler Wesley I. Wooten   Surface Preparation & Treatment / Lead (X33) Toni L. Baxter Anne Beale Angela B. Boone Jeffery L. Bordeaux LaTrenia Y. Clark Avon D. Cornelius LaTrone M. Demiel Margaret Ferrer Tarrance L. Hayes Anthony Holmes Willie A. Jenkins Jr. Archibald Jordan La Toria Kennedy Ramon A. Kneeland Steven R. McDonald Kyle W. Mutter Damien M. Overbey Dianette M. Reid Brenda L. Satterwhite Franako O. Smith Emma E. Snell Cheryl G. Watson Junious A. Wilkerson Brian D. Williams Ronald Willis

Jamaal T. Winston Waterfront Support Services / Lead (X36) John R. Anderson Mark A. Anderson Charles N. Barclay Kenneth Bond Merlin J. Boyd Erica Brinson Donta C. Britt Samuel W. Cherry Jr. Cody J. Connell Joshua D. Crawley Dwayne A. Davis Henry M. Dillard Jackie C. Doston Horatio D. Eley Joshua B. Enyart Charles A. Everett Raymond L. Faulk Alvin M. Flegler Charles E. Flemings Milton M. Gatling Sean R. Gilmartin John C. Hibbard Lenvil H. Holland James M. Insley Charles E. Johnson Jr. Kelvin J. Jones Mark Keafer Steven L. Keeling Ronald J. Keen Jr. Raymond V. King Nathan A Kline Barry S. Mizelle Rickey Molden Chase A. Pace Gary L. Preston Terrence Randolph Thomas L. Ransome Shaun R. Riddick Riley D. Sayers Darryl R. Smith Robert Smock Hollis J. Spease Quintin L. Towns Michael T. Waller William Watson III Dustin L. Wells Robert A. Williams Jr. Michael T. Willyard Warren G. Winchester Sr. Clifton Wright   Pipe/Machinery Installation 1st Shift (X42/ X43) Tracey C. Arzu Antonio L. Boone Stewart R. Brenegar Jonathan B. Daughtrey Christopher W. Davis Macdonald Eborn Edward R. Elliott Jr. Christophe E. Fox Leonard E. Harper Michael D. King Carl C. Melton Loria L. Mooneyham Gary L. Sullivan James T. Williams   CVN 71 Refueling Complex & Overhaul Project Michael Alexander James A. Benthall Thomas Charlton Amse Frank C. Davis Jr. Anita M. Ellis Anthony Green S/F Andre L. Hayes Michael B. Mackellar Lamont T. Moody Saadiyq A. Muhammad Roy Neal Jr. Eddie Joe Owens Duriel A. Smith George Stuck Contr George D. Thompson Lonnell Thompson

STAYING SAFE AT HOME Newport News Shipbuilding’s concern for employees extends beyond the shipyard gates. Accidents and injuries at home are as avoidable as they are in the shipyard. Take proactive steps to protect your family and home by following these useful household safety tips.

General Home Safety • Talk to your family about home safety.

• Create an escape plan and determine a central location where your family can meet if a fire occurs at home. Review and practice this plan regularly.

• Inspect your home for hazards and eliminate them. • Keep a first aid kit stocked with emergency items.

Handling Flammables

• Child proof cabinets and drawers if toddlers are present.

• Read the labels on products in your home to see if the product is flammable.

• Have a carbon monoxide alarm/detector if you have a heating system that uses gas or oil.

• Flammable household items include cooking oil, liquid disinfectant sprays, nail polish, nail polish remover, aerosol hairsprays, hand sanitizer, and more. Don’t use these items near an open flame.

• Create a checklist and perform weekly inspections to make sure you maintain a safe home.

Emergency Planning • Create a house emergency/evacuation plan. Include every family member in the planning. • Post emergency phone numbers (911, local fire department, poison control) on your refrigerator. • Have a predetermined meeting location in the event that your family becomes separated in a natural disaster.

Electrical Safety • Avoid using extension cords on appliances. If you do, make sure they are never frayed or worn. • Never use light bulbs with greater wattage than what the fixture requires. • Do not overload circuits. • Eliminate appliances on a line if a circuit breaker trips or a fuse blows.

• Practice your plan regularly. Home Security Fire Safety • Install a smoke alarm outside of each sleeping area and the kitchen. Test it on a monthly basis. • Purchase a fire extinguisher and get trained on how to properly use it.

• Be observant of activity going on in your neighborhood. • Report any strange or unusual activities. • Lock all doors to your house even when you are home. • If you can, install a security alarm system.

Who to Call In a n


NNS Contacts Hazardous Material Spills, Fires, and Injuries: Call *911 or 380-2222 Cell Phone: 380-2222 Give your name, detailed location, nature of emergency Back to School • If your children walk to school, talk to them about avoiding strangers. • Teach them to recognize and obey traffic signs and crossing guards. • Remind children to use both backpack straps to evenly distribute the weight.

Biohazard Spills: Call *911 or 380-2222 Facilities: Call Spill Control Center 380-7849 Shipboard: Call Surface Preparation and Treatment (X33) assigned to ship.

Vehicle Accidents: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Home

Security: 380-4031

• Use of PPE is important at home as well as work.

Call *911 or 380-2222 if there are injuries

• Wear eye protection when mowing, using fertilizers, performing other yard work, or using power tools.

Notify Health and Safety: 688-5523

• Use a hard hat when tree trimming or cleaning the gutters.

Crane Accidents:

• Wear hearing protection when mowing, working with generators or using chain saws. • Wear safety shoes when performing construction work or when working with heavy tools and equipment. • Consider using a respirator when spray painting or spray washing.

Facilities Service Desk: 688-9888 Call *911 or 380-2222 if there are injuries Notify Health and Safety: 688-5523

Incidents Involving Live or Wounded Animals: Health and Safety: 688-5523 (1st shift) Call 880-1157 (2nd shift) Call *911 or 380-2222 (3rd shift)

To Report Other Unsafe Conditions: Speak to your supervisor Call Openline 1-877-631-0020



Melvin Artis 40 years

Jesse Black 40 years

Herbert Blackwell 40 years

Samuel “Blue” Blue 40 years

OV Bolin Jr. 50 years

Wayne “Coach” Boone 40 years

Melvin Boone 40 years

Calvin Boyd Sr. 40 years

Mike Brinkley 40 years

Dan Copeland 40 years

McEll Cross 40 years

Dempsey Dillard 40 years

Henry “Ed” Edwards 40 years

Roy Fennell 40 years

John Fitzgerald 40 years

R.A. Foote 45 years

Wayne Gowers 50 years

James Grant Jr. 40 years

Mills Hart 40 years

Jeffery Hughes 45 years

Jake Jacobs 40 years

Ed Jones 40 years

Bill King Jr. 45 years

Shirley Langston 55 years

David “Fuzz” Lee 40 years

Ed Lemon 40 years

Joseph Mallory Jr. 40 years

Thomas Merilic 40 years

Tim Nelson 40 years

Gary Quinn 40 years

Calvin Robinson 45 years

Curtis “Smitty” Smith 40 years

Stanley Taylor 40 years

Jerry Tilley 45 years

Ray Wells 40 years

Neal “Woody” Woodard 40 years

Long Service AUGUST 55 YEARS Shirley S. Langston X74 50 YEARS Odes V. Bolin Jr. O39 Harold W. Gowers O15 45 YEARS Jeffery L. Hughes E89 William D. King Jr. O39 Dwight A. Powell E82 Calvin W. Robinson O54 Jerry R. Tilley O43 40 YEARS Melvin Artis O43 Jesse L. Black O39 Herbert A. Blackwell X33 Samuel D. Blue X18 Melvin C. Boone X36

Wayne W. Boone X10 Calvin L. Boyd O14 Michael A. Brinkley M20 Dan A. Copeland X33 McEll Cross X36 Dempsey M. Dillard X33 Herbert V. Driver X67 Henry J. Edwards X33 Roy W. Fennell X33 John W. Fitzgerald E51 Reginald A. Foote X43 James Grant Jr. X36 Marvin C. Harper X36 Mills Hart X32 James A. Hopkins X18 Jerome Jacobs X36 Edward E. Jones Jr. X10 David W. Lee M53 Edgar W. Lemon X88 Joseph Mallory Jr. X33

Thomas E. Merilic X70 William T. Nelson M40/M31 Philip G. Quinn O19 Fenton D. Royle X42 Curtis Smith X33 Stanley Taylor X33 Herbert R. Wells O68 Neal T. Woodard X88 35 YEARS Barbara A. Chavis O21 Ronald D. Croswell M53 Dale R. Curtiss E84 Paula F. Duke E39 Meldon A. Holjes Jr. K93 Terry M. Hulett E17 William H. McCalley E12 David E. Nisbet X75 Lawrence R. O’Connell Jr. O64 David E. Outland O39

Thomas G. Shuler E85 Betty L. Sobotka E88 Danny L. Stanfield X74 Carolyn D. Stokes E74 30 YEARS Sonya G. Fisher X74 Sharon W. Harvey O37 Lonnie J. Ness E84 Mark A. Reidelbach E44 James A. Rogers E84 William J. Schleeper K78 Cheryl L. Scull T54 Gerald A. Shepherd E84 Thomas E. Shepherd O19 Robert P. Thomas X32 Charles G. Woolman O85 25 YEARS Robert J. Baines Jr. E85

Christopher S. Berg E86 Frederick S. Corvello E85 Thomas A. Cragg O45 Clifton E. Davis X33 Edward L. Davis E51 Michael J. Deuell E85 Artis L. Drake X88 Gary A. Figg O55 Dennis W. Gromley T53 William L. Hoeffer X89 Ruth B. Holland X33 Fred A. Jeshor E71 Almeta M. Little X33 Janice A. MacKellar X74 Richard R. Manfred E82 Daniel J. Moniak X18 Helen S. Nicholls O14 George A. Payne Jr. X70 Welton D. Pierce X11 Dion T. Ponton O14

William C. Reddy E81 Kevin W. Russell E85 John D. Sparrer E14 Thomas W. Steele Jr. X32 James C. Wallace III N206 Ralph W. Washburn E38 Kernell W. Washington X18 Jerry L. Watkins E60 Marcelene Webb X42 Mary A. Williams O70 Charles R. Wilson X10 James B. Wilson X70 20 YEARS Lisa E. Ewart E57 Marc C. Lebouton E22 Gregory H. Williams E25 Benjamin T. Woodruff T55

Retirements JULY Earl V. Bowry Jr. K32 Willie Cook Jr. X31

William H. DemaryO43 Sean V. Devlin X43

Russell A. Golden M53 Barbara B. Goodman X10

Isaiah Haynes O15 Andre Kardos E17

Charles F. Belote Jr. X88 Alexander Perry O15

New Safety Website for NNS Employees Employees can now find information, resources and tips on safety at a new internal website on Yardnet. The new site includes monthly statistics on safety, resources for safety task teams, resources for managers and a list of important contacts. The website is designed to complement the Environmental Health & Safety internal website, where additional safety information can be found. Type “Yardnet” into the browser from a work computer to learn more.

Yardlines is published 10 times a year for the employees of Newport News Shipbuilding. This issue of Yardlines was produced by: Jeremy Bustin, Gina Chew-Holman, Troy Cooper, Mike Dillard, Phoebe Doty, Christie Miller, Eugene Phillips, LaMar Smith, Peter Stern, Susan Sumner, Lauren Ward, Rehn West and Kimberly Zayakowski. Photographs by: Chris Oxley, Ricky Thompson and John Whalen. Send comments, questions and story ideas to Yardlines editor: or call 757-380-2627. To stop receiving Yardlines, go to to unsubscribe. Look for more news at




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September 2013

July Safety Report * Compared to figures from July 2012

Year to Date Injuries

Year to Date Injuries With Lost Time

Year to Date Lost Work Days







Beginning with this issue, Yardlines will publish the year-to-date number of total injuries, injuries that prevent employees from working, and work days lost due to injuries. The arrows and percentages reflect how NNS is performing compared to the same time last year.

Yardlines, August 2013  

This special issue of Yardlines focuses on safety. Yardlines is a monthly magazine published ten times per year featuring Newport News shipb...