A Safety Story from Pavarini North East’s Safety Manager, Andrew Zeiss
In June of 2017, Pavarini North East was selected to complete an eight-story hotel in the heart of downtown Stamford, CT. The project started three years prior but was shut down mid-construction. The building sits in the very center of our city, so it was known to most as ‘The Eyesore.’ It was a skeleton structure, with all the floors poured, most of the exterior walls framed, and some of the glass mat sheathing installed. Because the project had been abandoned for so long, there were some major obstacles that needed to be sorted out. The bottom track of the interior framing and ductwork needed to be replaced due to rust. Our team had to evaluate both the warrantee of equipment that had been left on site and the integrity of the work in place.
We walked the building to assess what we were getting into and noticed safety had not been a priority for the previous contractor. We encountered wide-open shafts, missing handrails, unprotected window openings, and no toe boards. While there were perimeter cables, someone put their foot on the mid-cable and the cable came loose. After that, we decided to replace all cables and install toe boards throughout the entire building.
Knowing how the site was left, we knew we had to have the roof anchors tested before allowing anyone to tie-off. We brought in an engineering firm to test the 41 anchors. Upon completion, the firm recommended we replace the entire safety fall arrest anchor system. The final tally for making the job safe exceeded $140,000. This is a lesson for everyone to constantly evaluate your surroundings and determine for yourself whether a situation is safe.