Statement from TZC President re Batch Plant

Reiterating there were no injuries, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) President Darrell Waters addressed the December 16 accident, its investigation, and review and assessment of TZC’s pertinent safety procedures and operations.

“One of our floating concrete batch plant silos had a structural failure that caused all three silos on the batch plant to collapse,” Waters said. “The damage appears to be limited to the affected silos and part of the surrounding structure.”

Floating concrete batch plant arrived last summer, ready to work/© Janie Rosman 2014

Floating concrete batch plant arrived last summer, ready to work/© Janie Rosman 2014

TZC removed the second batch plant to thoroughly review and inspect their components, including the silos; limited operations are continuing as planned, he said. “We are in the process of determining exactly what happened and why,” Waters said.

The investigation is expected to take several weeks, he said, at which time the public will be informed. “In the meantime, we are working diligently to restore concrete batch plant operations, which are essential to ongoing bridge work,” he said.

Acknowledging foreseeable questions, Waters added, “On projects of this size and scope, there are sometimes hiccups along the road. Adjustments in the schedule and operations may have to be made.”

He emphasized, “If or when an incident occurs, no matter what the size, we will always use it as an opportunity to review and reassess our safety procedures and operations specific to the project.”

As the investigation, and the project, continue, “Safety and environmental stewardship are our top priorities,” he said.

The project’s leading supplier of stone, Tilcon New York, temporarily ceased deliveries and removed its moored barges until further notice from the bridge builder.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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