Trends Winter 2015 - Page 10

Safety paramount for climbing inspections O ne word sums up the most important element for successfully performing the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge inspection: safety. A number of activities occur simultaneously on the bridge deck and under the structure, and most of the work is being conducted hundreds of feet above a massive gorge. With all inspections, safety and teamwork are of utmost importance, said Brian Schroeder, Ayres Associates’ project manager and lead inspector. Given the height, climate, and other obstacles that must be overcome in New Mexico, safety p