HOFFMAN'S HEROES: Red Cross honors workers for life-saving efforts
September 22, 2011
Safety is part of the company culture at Hoffman Construction Company and it comes from the top down. "We do it because it's the right thing to do," said Mitch Gensman, Hoffman project manager.
This year the Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross honored Hoffman and other local heroes for their extraordinary life-saving acts.
Because Hoffman has a history of working in remote locations, it began using automatic external defibrillators (AED) and providing CPR and first-aid training to its workers and sub-contractors. Twice this year that decision saved lives at the Oregon State Hospital replacement project construction site.
Friday, February 18, 2011. Clark Vermillion, construction safety manager for Hoffman, was working on site when a co-worker collapsed. Because of their training, Vermillion and some other workers used an AED and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. They saved the life of a man who has since returned to work.
"I would say, take the class," Vermillion said. "You never know where you may need to use what you've learned."
Wednesday, April 13, 2011. When a fellow worker fell to the ground and stopped breathing, Project Engineer Noelle Spencer ran and grabbed an AED and began compressions. "It was the longest five to 10 minutes of my life," Spencer said. She saved the man's life and he since has visited the work site.
Spencer and Vermillion received their awards at the Red Cross Annual Real Heroes Breakfast in September. The awards ceremony acknowledges the life-saving contributions of individuals in Marion and Polk counties and raises awareness for Red Cross services.
"While it's great to be acknowledged for our safety efforts, there is really no other reasonable approach," Gensman said. "We care about our people."