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NEWS | June 3, 2022

Shipyard Safety: Seabees lead sidewalk abatement project

By Max Maxfield Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility’s Production Engineering and Facilities, Code 980, worked closely with Seabees from Naval Facilities Northwest Naval Construction Battalion to repair uneven parts of the sidewalk along Farragut Ave., beginning in early February.

According to Kyle Krogstad, industrial engineering supervisor with Code 980S.1, Capital Investment, injury data collected by PSNS & IMF since 2015 indicate approximately 40 percent of injuries fall into the Sprains, Strains and Tears category. A deeper dive into the data indicated 26 percent of SST injuries were related to common slips, trips and falls.

With the Pacific Northwest’s generous number of short days, wet days, or short and wet days likely contributing to these types of mishaps, Krogstad said the Safety Executive Steering Committee’s Command Safety Action Team decided to work toward improving the Farragut Ave. pedestrian pathways that most every member of the workforce uses at some point in the day.

Leveraging Code 980’s ability to source funding for patching materials and scarification equipment, the Seabees have been hard at work repairing deficiencies as the weather and shipyard operations have permitted, Krogstad explained.

PSNS & IMF and the Seabees will continue to work together to fill in or grind down uneven areas along Farragut, as weather and the mission allow. According to Krogstad, the ESC Command Safety Action Team will continue to look for areas the Seabees can improve safety in the shipyard by improving infrastructure.

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Have you seen a pedestrian walking surface in need of grinding or patching to improve ease and safety of transit? Please notify your project’s ESH Manager, a Code 980M.3 Zone Manager (or Code 980M.5 Building Manager, if adjacent to a production building), or Code 106.23’s Walking Working Surface Program Manager, at BREM.PSNSC106.23FallGroup@navy.mil.