Safety officials tour Dover Dam work site

October 28, 2011

Safety officials from throughout the region and state received a recent tour of work under way at Dover Dam as part of a $68.5-million rehabilitation project at the concrete flood-reduction structure located in northern Tuscarawas County.


Nearly 20 safety professionals from various state agencies were provided with a guided tour by staff members from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) and Brayman Construction Co. The USACE owns and operates the dam, the MWCD is the local cost-share sponsor for the project and Brayman is the general contractor for the project, which involves the installation of dozens of anchors through the dam for stability.


“This visit is a way to introduce the safety professionals in our state to the unique project here at Dover Dam and the challenges and hazards it may present that can be identified for other job sites,” said Scott Tritt, MWCD safety administrator. “It provides an excellent opportunity for the participants to see the equipment in action, talk to the equipment operators, review the safety plans implemented by the federal government and the contractor, and review the entire project while it is in operation.”


The Dover Dam project is the first of five projected major rehabilitation projects to be conducted in the system of reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed.  The reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


One of the organizers of the Dover Dam site visit said it was the first of its kind that he could recall in his career of more than 20 years.


“I thought this would be a good idea for our people to see this project in action with all of the various aspects of safety items to be reviewed,” said Jeff Ghindea, an industrial hygienist for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation at its Canton office. “We felt this was a very good project to be exposed to in order to assist all of us as we consult with public agencies and private businesses about safety in their operations.”


The Dover Dam Safety Assurance Project – which got under way earlier this year – consists of the installation of anchors in the dam, anchoring the stilling basin immediately downstream of the dam’s gates, installing a parapet wall on top of the dam and installing a closure on the left descending abutment and river bank protection immediately downstream of the dam.


Tritt said follow-up visits could be arranged in the future as work progresses through the various stages of construction at the dam.


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving nearly $10 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


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