In the first newsletter of 2015, we’re excited to see how this year is already progressing. Two of our projects were featured in the Power Engineering Magazine’s 2014 Projects of the Year – Florida Power & Light Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center and Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System – and we’re seeing exciting projects in the pipeline. Lastly, Guardian F.E. Moran is now officially F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems, Gulf Coast Office.
In this quarter’s newsletter, we are featuring an article inspired by recent news events: 3 Tips to Staying Safe when Fire Sprinklers are Offline. A quick Google search will show you a multitude of stories about fires growing out of control because fire sprinklers were taken offline without proper precautions.
We hope that our featured article will result in a more safe approach to bringing fire sprinklers offline. Keeping people, plants, and production safe is our mission (and tagline), and we hope by following our three tips, you will be safe the next time your fire sprinkler system is offline.
President, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems
3 Tips To Staying Safe When Fire Sprinklers are Offline
In the summer of 2013, a coal-fired power plant needed to conduct maintenance work on a conveyor belt. The maintenance personnel shut down the fire sprinkler system to avoid any accidental activation during welding. The sparks ignited the coal residue on the conveyor belt. The fire grew and pieces of the burnt conveyor belt fell 180 feet onto a stack of coal, which subsequently caught fire. The total cost of this fire was $1 million.
Working in Confined Spaces - A Spotlight on Safety
In September 2013, Richard "Rick" Whitney Jr. was killed when he was welding a pipe inside a methane gas dome and an explosion occurred. A co-worker, Richard Sterling, was injured in the blast. OSHA investigated and found that the employer failed to train the workers on the hazards of working within confined spaces. The companies involved received $45,720 in fees from ten citations.