July 26, 2013
Alcoa donation furthers Blount County Habitat for Humanity’s safety practices
On June 5, Alcoa Inc. donated seven parcels of land in the City of Alcoa to Blount County Habitat for Humanity, in celebration of 100 years of operation in East Tennessee. To continue the celebration, Alcoa Inc. has donated a storage trailer for this and future build sites.
With this trailer donation, Alcoa Inc. hopes to help Blount Habitat enhance its construction safety practices to a best practices level. This trailer will be used to store the safety equipment needed for the building of Habitat homes.
“The donation of this trailer by Alcoa is a bonus to compliment a wonderful gift from Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation. It will allow us to keep the safety equipment organized, tracked and readily available for use,” Tony Gibbons, President and CEO of Blount County Habitat for Humanity, said.
In addition to the land and trailer donation, Blount County Habitat for Humanity also received $50,000 in grant funds from Alcoa Foundation toward increasing safety standards and elevating green building practices. The funds have helped replace broken hammers, supply workers with safety harnesses and purchase personal protection equipment, such as hard hats and safety glasses.
Blount Habitat has also changed its safety practices as well. The organization is now implementing OSHA level safety standards. The most visible is the use of fall protection equipment and practices.
“Where we once allowed 10-15 volunteers on the roof for shingling we now limit it to six,” Gibbons said, “we have also strengthened our safety orientation to include more situational awareness and environmental influences such as weather.”
About Alcoa Tennessee Operations
Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans and is based in Blount County, Tennessee. Locally, it employs more than 1,000 at its fabrication plants in Blount County and its downtown Knoxville office.
About Blount Habitat for Humanity
Blount County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that has served Blount County since 1992 through homeownership and, more recently, housing repair. Their mission is made possible through the support from individuals, churches, businesses, and other groups. Volunteers and future homeowners provide the labor for building these homes.