Second Quarter 2014 Plant Protection Report
Welcome to the Plant Protection Report
In the second quarter issue of the Plant Protection Report, we are featuring an article on fire protection issues commonly seen in the midstream industry. Scott Jarvis, Chuck Rogers, and I were interviewed to discuss the fire protection errors we have seen in our combined 73 years of experience protecting midstream terminals.
In addition, in our article series, "Spotlight on Safety," we are reviewing tips on preventing back injuries in the construction industry.
We hope that our featured article prompts plant owners and GCs to ask the pertinent questions that will result in a safer environment when choosing a fire protection contractor.
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems
The midstream industry is completely unique; so much so that no terminal is the same. The distinctive needs of each location make fire protection in a midstream terminal more difficult than a typical facility. Because of the varied needs in midstream facilities, properly designed and installed fire protection is important. Storage areas, pumping stations, processing areas, loading facilities, and just about every other part of the terminal have inherent fire hazards.
In interviews with Daryl Bessa, former sprinkler fitter, foreman, and project superintendent; Scott Jarvis, former fire sprinkler foreman; and Chuck Rogers, regional manager, they explain the trends in fire protection errors that they have seen in their combined 73 years of experience which can inhibit the effectiveness or, in some cases, the use of the terminal's fire protection. The issues discussed below are real fire protection issues that these employees in the midstream fire protection field have seen when they had been called to investigate improperly working fire protection.
Error #1: Undersized Pipe
If a fire event occurred in a midstream terminal with undersized pipe, the fire protection system may not be able to provide the correct volume of water or water/foam mixture at the required pressures to work effectively. A properly designed fire protection system takes expertise and a qualified fire protection contractor. The contractor needs to calculate what pipe size is needed in order to provide the correct water pressure and density to allow the fire protection system to work successfully and contain or extinguish a fire.
Preventing Back Injury
When you sit down for the first time after a long day at work, what aches? In the construction industry, most likely what aches is your back. You're doing repetitive moves all day, and that can lead to serious back injuries if you don't take preventative measures.
Here are some tips for avoiding back injury:
- Improve your posture: Slouching can lead to long term stress on your back. In fact, years of poor posture can lead to a weak spine. To avoid injury, hold in your stomach to avoid putting pressure on your spine and stand or sit upright to keep your body balanced.
- Standing Posture: Standing for long periods of time can be difficult on the back. To ease the pressure, prop one foot up to put less pressure on the lower back; change positions often by stretching or moving; and maintain proper posture while working by keeping work between elbow and shoulder level.
- Sleeping Posture: When choosing a mattress, choose a firm mattress and avoid hard or sagging mattresses. Aim to sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees to keep your spine aligned.
- Exercise: Aerobic exercise can strengthen your core muscles and help support your spine. Walking, biking, and swimming can also advance spine health by improving blood flow to the spine. To keep your back healthy, maintain a healthy weight. You can check out your BMI here (http://www.mayoclinic.org/bmi-calculator/itt-20084938) to see if you are in a healthy weight range.
- Emotional Stress: Emotional stress can take its toll on your back as well. To prevent backaches, manage stress. Take walks, use deep breathing exercises, yoga, and/or massage to reduce stress.
By taking preventative action against back injuries, you will save yourself a lifetime of pain. Back injuries are easy to prevent, but hard to fix. Take preventative measures while you can!
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has recently received contracts to perform a range of services in several power generating plants:
Existing Natural Gas Power Plant | Florida
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems installed fire sprinklers several years ago, and needed a fire sprinkler upgrade.
Natural Gas Power Plant | Florida
Three new building fire alarm systems being added to a plant that we finished several years ago.
Coal-fired Power Plant | Texas
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is converting six dry standpipes to wet standpipes.
Natural Gas Power Plant | Florida
Complete fire alarm and fire protection system contract including wet-pipe fire sprinklers, dry-pipe fire sprinklers, pre-action fire sprinklers, deluge fire sprinklers, and foam fire sprinklers.
Power Station | South Carolina
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is providing two dry systems in the scrubber penthouse.
Coal-fired Power Plant | Missouri
Design only for the Unit 3 Turbine underfloor sprinkler system.
Waste Water Treatment Building | Indiana
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is installing a wet-pipe fire sprinkler system to protect the tank room. They are also providing a fire alarm panel in the control room to monitor the smoke detectors in the control room and electrical room. They will also be adding fire extinguishers.
New Combined-Cycle Power Plant | Delaware
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is designing and installing turbine and lube oil fire protection, as well as, alarm and detection systems throughout the plant.