Jim Sestito – Civil Superintendent – Albany Amtrak Project 4002
At the close of 2017, the $60 Million Albany AMTRAK Project reached final acceptance. The Middlesex Corporation was awarded the project in early 2014 for construction in New York State. The completion of the project marked nearly 4 years of construction without a single lost-time or recordable incident.
The entire team’s commitment to safety was responsible for this achievement, led by the efforts of the project’s Civil Superintendent – Jimmy Sestito. Jimmy is centered in the picture above leading the morning stretch & flex and safety briefing. With only a handful of experienced Middlesex personnel, Jimmy used his 30 years of Middlesex experience to implement a safety program for Middlesex’s first project in the State of New York. Hiring mostly local personnel, he was one of only a few employees assigned to the project from start to finish and his safety discipline was taught to a constantly changing work force of inexperienced personnel.
These accomplishments were achieved through significant safety exposure risks including: Work adjacent to high speed train traffic exceeding 100 mph, fall protection needs for structural work at bridges and stations, high power electric work around overhead and underground track power systems, deep utility trench excavation and shoring, dewatering and water diversion in active waterways, confined space work, heavy lifts and rigging, and maintenance of vehicle and pedestrian traffic through the urban Albany area. These risks were further complicated through a limited access right of way of the 25-mile construction corridor and an owner initiated accelerated schedule that required winter work through upstate NY’s snow and extreme weather conditions.
In addition to Jimmy Sestito, Middlesex employees Jeff Roig, Mike Kranich, Dirk Lodder, Wendell Carr, John Ricker, Dave Geddes, and Bill Hayden were instrumental in this achievement. Thanks to their dedication to our fist core value: Safety first in everything we do.