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A Glimpse into Our Safety Measures: Worker & Water Protection

October 25, 2012
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We send our team on all kinds of missions, often into uncharted territory. That being said, we always strategize on and implement fastidious safety measures before taking on a new assignment. Using one job as an example, a labor-intensive project where we acted as a subcontractor for a fellow mechanical repair company, we’d like to give you a glimpse into the measures we take to ensure the safety of the client and our crew.

The setting was in an industrial park. Our workers entered the job through 23-inch manways (picture hatch-like doors.) They found themselves inside of two cylindrical water tanks, 12 feet in diameter by 30 feet in height. Then began the prep-work itself: this involved grit-blasting the interiors, removing all the abrasive by shovel, and then thoroughly vacuuming the surfaces. Lastly, we brushed and rolled coating on the floors and up the inside walls of the tanks.

In a setting like this, we are especially vigilant about our “confined space program.” Here are a few examples of what that includes:

Safety Apparel: Each worker is fully suited and wears a respirator.

Air Flow: Fresh air and oxygen is pumped into the interior of the tanks.

Monitoring: A special meter is used to take measurements of the air inside the tank both before the job begins and at intervals during the job. This verifies that there are not toxic levels of different gases.

Emergency Measures: Safety retrieval equipment is on standby in the event that quick removal of a worker is necessary. This is often a harness and rope, but in some instances, we will be prepared with tripods (a special piece of equipment that looks like a camera tripod and allows for a zip line to be lowered into the space for retrieval.)

While on the topic of safety, we also fully evaluate the purpose/use of the end product. In this case, the high gloss epoxy system, a 3 layer system called NSP 120 was not only chosen for its performance in vertical applications and ability to stand up to severe abrasives and chemicals; it is also certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) as an approved coating for portable water. For things holding food or drinking water, it is imperative to choose a coating that won’t break down and run the risk of becoming a contaminant. We certainly matched the right product to this project.

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