Bridge Answer Man: Meet site superintendent John Harames
Bridge Answer Man
At any given time, the Grand Avenue bridge project has several subcontractors and crews working simultaneously in tight conditions, which poses some unique challenges. In order to keep the project on schedule and keep production at an “acceptable pace,” our team hires site superintendents like John Harames.
Before the this project, Harames worked on an Interstate 70 rehabilitation in Rifle in 2014 and an I-70 rehabilitation project in the Glenwood Canyon in 2015. He officially moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in January 2016 from northern Utah, and now lives in Silt year-round, working for the Grand Avenue bridge crew.
Harames’ role is primarily in the field, where he directly oversees 25 employees from six different subcontractors, two foremen and one other superintendent. Each day, Harames ensures that all employees are scheduled with the tools and materials they need to maintain the sequencing of events going on at the job site.
Coordinating several subs and employees on a job site of this size is no easy feat.
Every morning, Harames’ crews conduct a job hazard analysis before beginning the day’s tasks. This is an opportunity for crews to understand job-specific hazards and risks such as working with power tools, fall protection and working in close proximity to pedestrians on the wing streets.
“The largest challenge on this project is working on the wing streets and keeping pedestrians and our crews safe,” said Harames. “When we run a safe job site, everything else falls into place, and we are able to stay on pace.”
Working in the pedestrian areas on the wing streets is also a way for crews to interact with the public. Harames indicated that downtown business owners often bring GAB crews coffee or treats, and ask questions about the project and the construction activities that are being performed. For Harames’ crews, keeping the job site clean is a priority because it keeps our downtown looking as nice as possible in the midst of construction.
As a valley resident, Harames understands the significance of this project to our community. He is an integral piece of the Grand Avenue bridge project, often working 11 to 12 hour days to ensure safety, quality and timely execution of scheduled activities.
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