Employee Spotlight: Aaron Henson
Every day for more than 40 years, Southern Nuclear employees have been improving the lives of our neighbors in Alabama and Georgia. Meet one of our folks who’s dedicated to providing you with clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.
Aaron Henson, a site safety coordinator at Vogtle 3&4.
How long have you been with the company? Two years.
What are your current job responsibilities? I am a resource to our workforce, serving as the subject matter expert in safety. One of my primary responsibilities is communications. Vogtle 3&4 can be a complex environment when it comes to safety, and ensuring managers, supervisors and workers stay aligned is an ever-challenging endeavor.
What do you love about your job? I love the challenge of working with a bunch of people so much smarter than myself. I’m sharpened every day by the questioning attitude of my peers and leadership. I also love the variety my job offers. Each day is different and brings unique opportunities to learn and grow. Above all, I enjoy the passion of my coworkers for building the future of nuclear power in America. I’m excited to see what the next few years bring for Vogtle and Southern Nuclear!
Hometown: South Point, Ohio.
First job ever: Laborer at a small screen-printing company.
Favorite food: Steak.
What is your favorite movie and why? Forrest Gump, because I love the positivity and how it ties in so many aspects of American history. And of course, it’s funny and entertaining!
If given the chance, who would you want to be for a day? Paul O’Neill (but not at his current age of 82). Despite constant criticism, he believed the only way to turn Alcoa into a profitable company was to focus on safety. His first speech as CEO began with “I want to talk to you about worker safety.” This focus on safety drove process improvements that resulted in a five-fold increase in net income in 13 years.
What are your hobbies? Carpentry, piloting airplanes (currently in training for a private pilot’s license), singing (my wife says her life is like a musical) and watersports.
What interests you about nuclear energy? I think it is amazing that we can power millions of homes by inducing a reaction at the atomic level, and then safely control the enormous amount of energy released by that reaction!