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Safety Shooter On-Track Safety— • Maintain a distance of at least 25 ft (8 m) to any track unless the railroad’s Employeein Charge (EIC) is present to authorize movements; • Wearing PPE is mandatory at all times when working on railroad property; and • Participate in a job briefing. The railroad’s EIC will specify the type of on-track safety precautions necessary for the work being performed. In-Plant Railroads— • When working on tracks in a plant location, accessed by rail traffic, make sure there is a derailer in place and that all personnel are locked out in accordance with OSHA lockout tag-out procedures (Fig. 4); and • Make sure all equipment and motor vehicles are parked no closer to the railroad tracks than the plant safety requirements. Shotcrete work in itself has its own set of safety considerations. These include dealing with plugs, whip checks, tying off hoses, communication between the nozzleman and equipment operator, and fall protection. In addition to railroad safety requirements, maintaining safe distances, and being aware of rail traffic, all general OSHA safety procedures need to be followed. Ted Sofis and his brother, William J. Sofis Jr., are the Principal Owners of Sofis Company, Inc. After graduating from Muskingum College, New Concord, OH, with his BA in 1975, Ted began working full-time as a shotcrete nozzleman and operator servicing the steel industry. He began managing Sofis Company, Inc., in 1984 and has over 40 years of experience in the shotcrete industry. He is Chair of the ASA Publications Committee, a member of multiple other ASA committees, and an ACI Examiner. Over the years, Sofis Company, Inc., has been involved in bridge, dam, and slope projects using shotcrete and refractory installations in power plants and steel mills. Sofis Company, Inc., is a member of the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) and ASA. Fig. 2: In many cases, the shotcrete repair areas are close to the railroad tracks and special precautions have to be taken on active lines Fig. 3: This bridge pier scheduled for repair in the spring is adjacent to active rail traffic Fig. 4: During the shotcrete repairs to this coke plant quench tower, the railroad tracks are locked out with a derailer to prevent the use of the track while work is being done Shotcrete • Winter 2016 55


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