Shipbuilders Honored for Safety Contributions Pictured from left are awardees Stephen McGrew, Willie Clark, Kevin Ransom, Terry Savage, Douglas Boyd, Kai Smith and CFA Director Bob Schatzel.

Shipbuilders Honored for Safety Contributions

Published February 9, 2021

Six shipbuilders recently were honored with Component Fabrication and Assembly (CFA) Director’s Safety awards for making significant positive contributions to Newport News Shipbuilding’s safety culture.

The award is a collaboration between CFA and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to recognize employees for achievements such as accident risk reduction, contributions to safety training, 5S leadership, accident response, risk identification, and acting a strong safety role model.

CFA Director Bob Schatzel recognized the following employees for their contributions:

  • Willie Clark (A572), Foundry
  • Douglas Boyd (A572), Foundry
  • Terry Savage (X43), TFW Shops
  • Stephen McGrew (X43), Machine Shop
  • Kevin Ransom (X42), Pipe Shop
  • Kai Smith (X32), ESHP

Schatzel called the awardees “model employees who have a work ethic that promotes safety in all they do,” and praised the example they each set.

“In addition to their safe behaviors, they take the time to mentor their fellow shipbuilders regardless of their experience level or amount of time they have been in the organization and advise co-workers of potential risks associated with their job. When it comes to safety, they are not shy to voice their opinion nor commitment to working safe,” Schatzel said. “These folks are an excellent representation of what a safety ambassador of CFA should work toward.”