Thatcher Foundations Inc. completed a dock
repair project at the Ports of Indiana - Burns Harbor, in Portage, Indiana. The
work required excavating to expose broken tierods, repairing the rods and
backfilling to return the dock to its original state. The majority of the work
was performed with a land-based 150 ton Manitowoc crane, and with a backhoe.
The Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor moved 2
million tons of cargo in 2011, a 10% increase over its 2010 volume. The high
demand for space meant that it was essential for Thatcher's repairs to be
completed as efficiently as possible. Thatcher coordinated its work with other
contractors to ensure that the project was completed in a timely manner.
The increased volume at the Port also
created safety challenges, with more vessels on the water and increased loading
and unloading activity from the shore. Rising to the occasion, Thatcher's
employees from Local #578 Pile Drivers and Local #150 Operating Engineers
completed 288 manhours on the project without incident.
The work of this contract was performed in
an area designated as a "restricted security area" by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Thatcher carefully staffed the project to ensure that all on-site workers had,
or were escorted by a person who had, a Transportation Workers Identification