Vernon Roane Nominated for His Second CI Team

Vernon Roane held up his book “Habits” by Charles Duhigg Tuesday morning during the Rapid Improvement Workshop session for Continuous Improvement Team #2.

”You’ve gotta be thinking. We have to get into the habit. This is a very good book. I can’t wait to finish it.”

Normally operating the Hampton Roads Ready Mix plant, he invested his week collaborating with a band of eight other Branscome employees on CI Team #2. Vernon is the first employee to have been nominated by the Safety Steering Team for both CI Teams. Over the course of a week, each individual on the CI team contributes ideas regarding a specific workplace concern. They then collectively form a plan to improve the safety culture on jobsites. This time the team was challenged to dive into reforming “Safety Conversations.”

Teammate Shawn Jones noted that “It’ll encourage more personal discussions amongst employees instead of just ignoring when somebody is doing something unsafe or doing something good. You’re actually telling them ‘hey that’s a good job I see what you did,’ instead of waiting for a supervisor to catch them and it might be too late at that point.”

CI Team #2 presented their proposed workplace changes to the Safety Steering Team Friday, July 22nd in a report out session, answering any questions about their proposed plan. The pilot is to take place at Richmond Trucking, the Hampton Roads Shop and Utilities division, and parts of the Eastern Shore.

“I was very proud of the way they articulated their mission,” said President Stuart Patterson. “It’s growing and it’s starting to filter through our whole company.”

That afternoon, Vernon was awarded the first Branscome Challenge Coin by Stuart Patterson. These coins, pioneered by the SST, are given to Branscome employees that go above and beyond in workplace safety. During the CI Team #2 report out session, Vernon described how he has embraced the Goal Zero Process and gave tangible examples of how the safety culture at Branscome changed this past year. Patterson asked Roane to walk outside with him after the meeting to talk about safety culture. Once outside, Patterson told Roane that he was being awarded the first Branscome Challenge Coin for his leadership and commitment to Goal Zero. Patterson went on to tell Roane that his positive attitude is genuine and infectious, which is what we need as a company to keep each other safe and motivated to do the right thing the right way. Vernon’s supervisors Phil Sabo and Mark Bundy were present for the occasion. Vernon was deeply touched and said that his heart was full of joy and really appreciated the recognition and the opportunity to be a part of the team.

Anthony Smith, Gregory Key, Pat Harmon, Brian Hood, Roland Williams, Jill Smith, and Buddy Irwin also attended the weeks Rapid Improvement Workshops for CI Team #2.

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