San Francisco city officials hope to resume work in early March on a major infrastructure project in the Haight neighborhood that was stopped last October after crews caused a series of natural gas leaks.
The job's safety problems have led San Francisco Public Works to consider agencywide changes on complicated underground jobs it is expected to take on in coming years as the city works to repair its aging infrastructure.
"Anytime we have problems, you want to use that as a 'lessons learned' opportunity," Public Works spokeswoman Rachel Gordon said. "We certainly are looking at that, particularly around construction around gas lines, so we want to increase the training for all employees."
Last month, the department succeeded in firing a subcontractor on the $13.7 million project, which involves replacing some sewers and water mains and repaving streets.
That subcontractor, Synergy Project Management, was tied to at least four gas line breaks and was involved in several incidents that raised questions about its safety practices. One of those episodes involved workers dangling a foreman headfirst into a manhole.