Handling heavy equipment and massive pieces of material on river barges poses big risks for workers on the Tappan Zee Bridge project.
Tappan Zee Constructors, the team that’s designing and building the new Tappan Zee, hopes to minimize those safety risks, team leaders told The Journal News last week.
To start, TZC has been taking video of the preliminary operations on the river.
“When you look at it on video, you can look at every single step of the operation,” said president Darrell Waters. “We have already found a number of cases where we needed to change our procedure. For example, docking to barges, and getting people on and off. We have developed a platform to make it safer.”
To deal with worker injuries, TZC will have a first-aid area set up and staffed physician’s assistant and emergency medical technician. In addition, one member of each work team will receive first aid training.
Waters said TZC has eight employees overseeing worker safety, but “everybody has got a safety focus,” he said.
“Training is a big deal. Orientation is a big deal and the consistent application of pressure to do things right,” he said.
During the height of construction, leaders expect some 500 workers to be on the river at the same time.
(Tappan Zee Constructors president Darrell Waters, left, and vice president Walter Reichert talk about building the new Tappan Zee bridge, June 14, 2013 in the new Tarrytown headquarters. ( Tania Savayan / The Journal News )