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A construction worker with Treviicos-Soletanche Joint Venture inspects the teeth on a hydromill at Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., Feb. 8, 2012.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is overseeing the installation of a concrete barrier wall as part of a foundation remediation project that will fix seepage issues. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

A construction worker with Treviicos-Soletanche Joint Venture inspects the teeth on a hydromill at Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., Feb. 8, 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is overseeing the installation of a concrete barrier wall as part of a foundation remediation project that will fix seepage issues. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

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Construction is ongoing to install a concrete barrier wall in the embankment at Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., Feb. 8, 2012.  The foundation remediation project, which is under the oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, is designed to stop seepage in the dam at Lake Cumberland. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

Construction is ongoing to install a concrete barrier wall in the embankment at Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., Feb. 8, 2012. The foundation remediation project, which is under the oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, is designed to stop seepage in the dam at Lake Cumberland. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

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This is Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., Feb. 8, 2012.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is installing a concrete barrier wall to stop seepage at the dam. The Corps, in partnership with the contractor Treviicos-Soletanche Joint Venture, amassed 700,000 maintenance hours over the past year without a lost-time accident, a notable safety achievement.  (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

This is Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., Feb. 8, 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is installing a concrete barrier wall to stop seepage at the dam. The Corps, in partnership with the contractor Treviicos-Soletanche Joint Venture, amassed 700,000 maintenance hours over the past year without a lost-time accident, a notable safety achievement. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

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Posted 2/28/2012

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By Lee Roberts
Nashville District


JAMESTOWN, Ky. -- Wolf Creek Dam is abuzz with machinery, often bottlenecked with equipment and vehicles, and work crews move about like ants on the work platform in performance of their duties on the foundation remediation project, Feb. 24, 2012. Despite what seems like construction commotion, there hasn't been a lost-time accident in more than a year.

During this period, more than 700,000 safe maintenance hours were amassed on the project, mainly due to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and the contractor Treviicos-Soletanche Joint Venture carefully orchestrating maintenance activities and promoting safety on the job.

"A year without a lost-time accident is a significant accomplishment," said Bill DeBruyn, Nashville District's resident engineer at Wolf Creek Dam. "On this project it is made more significant by the fact that over a one-year period the contractor worked two 12-hour shifts and operated roughly 24 pieces of heavy equipment."

DeBruyn said the difficult work is also compounded for the contractor, which operates in a cramped work space measuring 80-feet wide and 4,000-feet long. "The fact that the contractor was able to control the safety environment and prevent lost-time accidents over this year-long period is indeed commendable," he stressed.

To celebrate the safety achievement, which was officially reached Feb. 15, the contractor paused this morning and lauded their employees for their attention to detail and for supporting the safety program.

"Lots of effort, commitment and dedication have been invested to create the safety culture that is present on site," said Fabio Santillan, project manager for TSJV.

John Schnebelen, Nashville District's safety manager at Wolf Creek Dam, said a lot of coordination takes place between the Corps and the contractor to foster the safety culture that Santillan mentioned.

The coordination includes daily safety meetings, frequent reviews of procedures, and safety inspectors being present on the work platform to watch over the commotion of activity and identify situations that could lead to unsafe acts or accidents. In addition, employees receive mandatory safety training as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

"A continuous presence on the site ensures safety procedures are followed," Schnebelen said. "A different management representative also joins a safety walk each week. Safety remains our number one priority. I am very pleased with the success of our accomplishments."

The project continues to move forward, and officials say safety is important because accidents can hurt people, equipment and even the dam, and can also cause delays.

"At this point, keeping momentum, not losing focus, and maintaining a consistent safety program is our ultimate goal," Santillan said.

DeBruyn said the Corps continues to work closely with the contractor to keep safety at the forefront of the project.

"Fixing the dam and ensuring public safety hinges on our ability to be safe in every aspect of this project," DeBruyn said. "The Corps will continue to place a very high priority on safety in partnership with the contractor."