Collapsing or otherwise dangerous bridges are a major concern for everyone – contractors, builders, politicians, and the citizens who use bridges every day. So it’s no wonder that bridge restoration and repair have become important items on many cities’ agendas. However, while making bridges safe for everyday use, workers may face some unique dangers.
Removing Toxic Materials from Bridges
Many bridges are being restored simply because they are old. And many old structures have one thing in common: lead paint. As these bridges decay and the paint chips off, the lead content is released into the environment – so many cities are having the lead paint removed under safe, controlled conditions. However, this means that workers are exposed during the restoration process.
Another concern that receives somewhat less publicity than lead paint is the removal of bird droppings from bridges. Bird droppings are naturally corrosive and contain high amounts of ammonia and acid. Removal of bird droppings – or the prevention thereof – has become a concern in some cities, especially since the Minnesota bridge collapse. But bird droppings also carry a host of diseases, particularly when they’ve been dried and turned in to air-borne powder. Workers face this hazard, as well as many others, when cleaning up and repairing our nation’s bridges.
With proper equipment, these types of concerns do not have to be a problem while on the job, but Enviro Outfitters wants to make sure that hazardous materials remain contained. Our decontamination trailers provide workers with a private environment in which to divest themselves of contaminated garments and equipment. With multiple showers and changing rooms, these decontamination trailers are ideal for ensuring the safety of workers and their families offsite. For more information on the technical specifications of our trailers, please click here.