First Quarter 2014 Plant Protection Report
In the first quarter newsletter, we are reflecting on a fertilizer plant explosion that took place in December and provided great challenges. We needed to complete a deluge fire sprinkler design, installation, and test in two weeks, yet, we managed to wrap the project in a mere seven days.
We hope that our featured article provides insight into the project management process and gives a behind the scenes look into a challenging project.
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems
When a nitrogen fertilizer plant experienced an explosion in an unprotected area of their plant, they quickly called F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems to remedy the issue and keep their plant safe.
Illinois Fertilizer Plant Explosion
A nitrogen fertilizer plant in East Dubuque, IL is a primary producer of nitrogen fertilizer in the heart of the Midwest. They have been producing nitrogen fertilizer since 1965, providing low cost, environmentally conscious product.
When an explosion rocked the plant only two weeks before Christmas, they called F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems to get the plant back in working condition. Before Christmas, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems accomplished that.
Christmas Deadline Creates Challenge
In early December, a gas leak in a 6-story vessel caused a major explosion. It was a wake-upvessel explosion call for the company. Wanting to prevent any future incidents, they called F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems to install a deluge fire sprinkler system around the vessel.
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems designs and installs deluge systems often, but this time the obstacle arose to begin and end the project within two weeks. . A nitrogen fertilizer plant needed the project to be wrapped up before Christmas, creating a challenge that F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems was excited to take on.
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has recently received contracts to perform a range of services in several power generating plants:
Generating Station | Indiana
Replaced existing deluge piping on Unit 2 transformer and added new heat detection.
Transformers | Virginia
Replaced sprinkler pipe and smoke detectors on 6 transformers.
Transformer | Arizona
Replaced fire suppression and detection. Completed the project within 4 days.
Fall Hazard Safety
Falls are the number one cause of death on a construction site. In September, a Hawaiian construction worker was killed from falling from 50 feet off the ground while working on the roof of a building. The construction company this worker was employed by was fined $63,250 for not providing guardrails, nets, or personal fall arrest systems. These protective equipment items should always be used when working in elevated areas.
This incident, among the other 150-200 people each year, on average, killed by falling at a construction site, is a reminder of the importance in always following safety procedures.
Here are some tips to follow to avoid an injury, or worse, by falling.
- Make sure fall restraint devices are set up near hazards, such as guard rails or safety net systems.
- Safety arrest equipment must have an anchorage point that can support 5,000 pounds.
- Safety arrest equipment needs to connect to a lanyard placed in line with the spine to distribute shock of the fall between shoulders and hip.
- Have a properly fitted full body harness.
By following these fall safety protocols, you will keep yourself and your co-workers safe from harm. F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems' goal is to always send their employees home safe to their families each night.