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New York DOT Recognizes Cianbro Corporation’s Safety Program

Wed May 24, 2000 - Northeast Edition
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Cianbro Corporation’s safety program was recognized by the New York State Department of Transportation at a recent meeting of the Associated General Contractors. The department also saluted Cianbro Safety Specialist Kris Ballard for his outstanding contributions to construction safety and health.

“I am pleased to recognize Cianbro for excellent work on the rehabilitation of the Route 30 bridge over the Pepacton Reservoir in the Town of Andes,” said Acting Construction Division Director James F. Tynan. “Cianbro approached the work with dedication to safety that involved all employees present on the site, including subcontractors. Mr. Kris Ballard’s full-time presence on the site, constant monitoring and worker training efforts helped ensure a safe working environment for all employees.”

The Cianbro team took on many challenges while rehabilitating the 302-meter (990 ft.) long bridge over an unfiltered source of drinking water for New York City. “Rigorous environmental standards were in place to ensure the project didn’t contaminate the reservoir,” Ballard said. “That included a major containment process involving 30 barge sections placed beneath the bridge.”

As always, Ballard said, worker safety was a major commitment by Cianbro. “There was 100 percent tie-off because of the heights at which we worked,” he said, “and there were major constraints because we worked with lead contaminated steel.”

“I am honored by the department’s recognition, but everyone who works for Cianbro knows how important safety is and that makes my job easy. I commend the entire team — and that includes EIC Tom Colvard and Inspectors Joe Gdovin and Liz Osada Henson, who were a pleasure to work with and represented the Region 9 DOT in an exemplary manner,” Ballard said.

Cianbro Regional Manager David Nardon said Cianbro involves every team member in planning each activity — no matter how small. “By putting safety first and ensuring that risks are eliminated or mitigated, we improve product quality and achieve outstanding productivity,” he said.

Nardon added, “Cianbro is presently constructing projects from massive bridges, power plants and industrial mills to high-tech facilities for microchips, biotechnology and surgery. We are proud of our safety record and thrilled to have Kris Ballard and our entire team recognized by the Department of Transportation.”

Cianbro is one of the East Coast’s largest civil and heavy industrial construction companies. Owned by its team members, Cianbro serves southern New England from its office in Bloomfield, CT, northern New England from offices in Portland and Pittsfield, ME, and the Mid-Atlantic states from its office in Baltimore, MD. The company is headquartered in Pittsfield, ME.

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