LCRA's Smithville rail facility celebrates 25 years of safety
LCRA's Smithville Rail Fleet Maintenance Facility in 2014 celebrated a remarkable milestone – 25 years without an accident that caused a worker to miss work. "To me, it's just a commitment to a culture of safety and an environment of safety," says Joe Caridi, LCRA's manager of rail fleet and gas storage.
The staff at the Smithville Rail Fleet Maintenance Facility maintains more than 1,100 railcars that transport Western coal from Wyoming mines to the Fayette Power Project, repairing and maintaining an average of eight railcars a day. This team of welders and other skilled workers also provide support for other LCRA projects.
The highly respected steel fabrication team at Smithville supports projects for other LCRA energy and water operations as well, including fabrication of new floodgates for a modernization project on dams along the Highland Lakes. Employees also handle projects for various electric and large water customers.
LCRA donated 80 tons of scrap metal, collected at the Smithville facility over the last 20 years, to the City of Smithville’s scrap metal drive in 2014. The city sold the metal for about $20,000 and used the proceeds to maintain Veterans Park and sidewalks for people with disabilities. The scrap metal was left over from a number of dam projects.