Vinson Sailors Hear Real-Life Testimonials as Part of Safety Standdown

Story Number: NNS071212-06Release Date: 12/12/2007 12:05:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Candice Villarreal, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) held its semi-annual safety stand down at the Hampton Roads Convention Center Dec. 6.

The tailored presentations reemphasized topics centered on safe driving, use of alcohol and improved work safety practices.

"Our goal is to have zero safety incidents during this upcoming holiday season," said Carl Vinson's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Carter. "This is very possible if we make safety awareness an integral part of our jobs and our personal life."

The standdown offered Carl Vinson crew members a chance to hear real-life testimonials from people who have experienced great challenges as a result of safety mishaps.

Charlie Morecraft was one of the inspirational speakers who reached out to Carl Vinson Sailors in an emotional, yet motivational manner, pleading with his audience to recognize the significance of operating in a safe work environment.

"I was a victim of an industrial safety incident," said Morecraft, as he showed the attending Sailors his scars. "I look at myself in the mirror everyday and ask myself 'if only I would have protected myself on that very day I got burned.' Not properly protecting myself cost me a great deal of suffering. I would do anything to go back in time and change that."

Safety Officer, Cmdr. Jeff Williams spoke to the crew about motorcycle safety and highlighted procedures for riders to register their vehicles through the DoD. Williams also spoke very emphatically about the risks of driving under the influence of alcohol.

"There's no excuse for DUIs," said Williams. "This is 100 percent preventable. Don't risk your Navy career; and more importantly, your life and the lives of other innocent people by drinking and driving."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard.

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