With an unwavering commitment to on-site safety, Martin Horn recently participated in the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Stand Down Day on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The event was conducted at all Martin Horn job sites and gave us the opportunity to talk to our construction workers directly about job-site safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Stand Down Day ensured that our team understands proper protocol and are aware of the safety measures they must take during this time.

“As an essential business during this time, it can be extremely difficult to navigate the situation. We are doing everything we can to follow protocol and keep our people safe.” said Ted Horn, CEO of Martin Horn.

In Virginia, construction is deemed an essential business and our job sites remain open. At Martin Horn, it is of the utmost importance that we follow all precautions and ensure our workers safety, which is why this event was essential to our team.

“We are grateful to keep doing our job even though it feels like half the world is shut down,” explained Superintendent, Lance Sowder. “We are keeping our construction workers safe and Stand Down Day was a great way to keep them up to date on the subject.”

Our workers gathered 6-feet apart, on-site for a presentation about how to stay safe, and keep others safe, during this unique time. Some of the topics discussed were:

  • An in-depth explanation of social distancing and how-to apply it on-site.

  • A review of job-site access restrictions.

  • The increased the amount of handwashing and sanitation stations accompanied by posters to encourage maintaining a healthy work environment.

  • The distribution, proper usage, and importance of face masks. (We have supplied our staff with cloth face masks instead of our N95 masks, which we donated to the medical community who is in dire need at this time)

  • The importance of regular communication as there are frequent updates.

“The Stand Down Day was a great thing for us to do,” explained Superintendent, Tim Blankenship. “We are protecting our guys even more than we already were. It was great to show them how serious Marin Horn is taking the issue.”

This was an effective way to come together as a company and ensure we are providing the safest environment possible for our people. The purpose of Stand Down Day was not only to communicate proper practices, but also to engage a sense of community during trying times.

When asked about the event, Superintendent Calvin Wilkerson said, “It was great that everybody came out and listened, of course while social distancing. While we reviewed protocol, it also gave people the opportunity to share their experiences. It was good in the sense that we all got to all talk about what was happening and discuss it as a team. It ensures that we keep up the urgency.”

Martin Horn is dedicated to staying up to date on proper safety practices and continuing to communicate with our team of these changes. We are also providing our team members updates via the COVID-19 tab on the homepage of the Martin Horn website.