Chris Wood, structural engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District, performed inspections on the newly built staircases on the gate house structures at Atwood and Piedmont Lakes April 2.
USACE Huntington District’s essential functions still remain, and the district continues to safely conduct all of its missions during the pandemic.
“The purpose of today’s inspection was to see if there are any adjustments we need to make to the staircase before we make them fully operational,” said Wood. “The completion of these stairs should go a long way in improving the safety and productivity of the work being completed at these projects.”
The new stairs incorporated multiple safety additions that will enable anybody working in or on the gate house structures to be safer and more productive. Due to the new safety features, fall protection is no longer required for employees who need to access the stairs.
“These stairs increase the safety and productivity of work being completed at our project,” said Brian Edgar, maintenance mechanic at Piedmont Lake. “The new stairs are wider for easy access and have tread plates with a gripping system to keep you from slipping.”