The safety problems have been addressed with the builder, said Grover Fugate, executive director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council.
working with Deepwater Wind
to ensure the problem with the welding process is only a paperwork issue.
"It's a difficult environment to work in so there are opportunities for problems to creep up," Fugate
A construction barge dented one of the foundations in the water in July, then two cranes collided during night work, Fugate
The foundation was repaired.
Safety representatives are now on each barge and Deepwater Wind adopted several other safety recommendations, including conducting a "safety stand-down" to review practices, he
Another lift boat was added after a review of crane capabilities.
A second report, submitted last week, said there were no weld maps that could be traced if a problem arose, and it identified other issues with the welding process.
Procedures and drawings were not available on board, and voltmeters were broken, it said.
The welds checked out perfectly during inspections, Fugate
, who speaks with inspectors daily, said he
has the power to stop all work at the site immediately, something he
hasn't had to do.
Other inspectors are making sure the project isn't harming the environment, and they haven't reported any issues, Fugate
"We've got everything in place to monitor it," he