Jimi Hendrix once said “If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” When it comes to shipyard safety, Huntington Ingalls agrees.
Today Huntington Ingalls announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has released a music video aimed at promoting shipyard safety. The video features a song written by one of its shipbuilders, shipfitter Alfred Flythe, and is titled “Safety First”. Flythe’s song was chosen as part of a safety song contest NNS sponsored over the summer.
“The safety song contest provided a great opportunity for me to combine two of my passions: singing and shipbuilding,” Flythe said. “Our jobs can be dangerous if we don’t put safety first. I considered all of the different environments in the yard when I wrote the lyrics. I’m excited that my song will serve as a reminder to my co-workers that knowing all of the different safety factors that come into play is important.”
Flythe’s song, a rap song, was just one of 25 contest submissions in genres ranging from country and gospel to rock and rap. “Safety First” was chosen by shipbuilding employees who voted online.
In addition to the potential rock er, rap-stardom, Flythe won $1,000 and production of the music video.
“Safety is a top priority at Newport News Shipbuilding,” said Matt Mulherin, corporate vice president and NNS president. “The safety song contest encourages ownership and creativity among our 20,000 shipbuilders and promotes safety awareness across the shipyard in a fun and memorable way. Mr. Flythe did a great job capturing the shipyard’s safety themes in his lyrics, making ‘Safety First’ the perfect safety anthem for 2012.”
Without further ado, check out the music video below.