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DSIWG Finalizing Safety Program

The Dredging Safety Initiative Working Group met with prospective auditors in Jacksonville this week to explain the intricacies of the new Dredging Safety Management Program.

The program will likely be in use by at least one dredging contractor by June 2001, if it is accepted by DCA members and the Corps of Engineers in January. The program is the dredging industry’s response to inadequate safety standards, which has kept dredging years behind the rest of the maritime industry in the area of safety. Participating companies will be required to submit and maintain a safety program tailored to each dredge and project, hire a certified auditor to analyze their program every year, and provide training for every person who works on a dredging project, whether on or off the dredge itself.

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