USA: Newport News Shipbuilding's Crane Operator Receives VPPPA Award

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc announced yesterday that Marty Womack, a crane operator specialist working at its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division, has been recognized as a recipient of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association’s Safety and Health Achievement Award.

The 29-year shipyard veteran was presented with the award during an Aug. 29 ceremony at the organization’s annual conference in New Orleans. The award was created to acknowledge non-managerial employees at VPPPA member sites who have taken exceptional initiative to learn and apply safety and health best practices.

Safety is not something you just do at work or at home,” Womack said. “Safety should be a way of life.”

The VPPPA Safety and Health Achievement Program was created in 1997 to formally recognize the contributions of employees at VPPPA member sites in safety, health and environmental program management. The program is an opportunity for hourly, non-safety and health professionals to be recognized for their knowledge of safety and health issues and outreach activities at their worksite and in the community.

We are proud of Marty’s accomplishment and the daily efforts he makes to ensure the safety of his coworkers,” said Danny Hunley, NNS’ vice president of operations. “Our shipbuilders are the heart of our operations, and their safety is our top priority.”

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Employing nearly 38,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding.

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