Second Quarter 2012


Safety is extremely important on the job site.  That is why we have weekly safety talks, job safety analyses, and meticulous use of safety equipment.  June is National Safety Month.  With a national spotlight on safety, we chose to dedicate this issue to the safety hazards of the high-risk, high-value industry.

In this issue, we have showcased an article on the volatile coal-fired power plant and the protection options for the various fire and explosion hazards.  In honor of National Safety Month, we have written an expanded Spotlight on Safety featuring this year's National Safety Month's weekly topics.


Daryl Bessa

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems



Powder River Basin (PRB) coal has given coal-fired plants an environmentally conscious, inexpensive alternative to traditional bituminous coal since the 1980s.  The lower NOx and SO2 in PRB coal reduced power plant emissions, decreasing pollution, and appeasing the 1990 Clean Air Act.  At the same time, the low cost and availability made PRB coal not only a viable option, but a fuel of choice.  While PRB coal was the predominant emission efficient energy source in 1990, in 2012, it no longer reins as the most environmentally friendly fuel.  With the current government crack-down on coal-fired power plants, the existing plants will likely be the last.  Read Full Article

June is National Safety Month and F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is taking this opportunity to remind you of the importance of job site safety.  In the United States, 14 people are killed and 10,400 people are disabled at work on an average day.  With these tips, you can help prevent workplace injuries.  

Each week is dedicated to a new topic on safety.

Week 1:  Employee Wellness

  • Ask your human resources representative for workplace employee wellness programs.

Week 2:  Ergonomics

  • Use material handling equipment - Whenever possible, use forklifts, hoists, platforms, cranes, carts, dollies, racks, and other types of equipment to avoid back injuries.
  • Size it up - if you must carry a heavy object, test the weight before picking it up.  Ask a co-worker for help if you need it.
  • Bend the knees - Lift with your legs not your back.  Center yourself over the object, bend your knees, get a good grip, and lift straight.
  • Do not twist - Once you have lifted the object, keep it close to your body and do not twist or turn your back.  This can cause a back injury.
  • Clear a path - Before lifting the object, clear a path to where you need to go.  Also, make sure your path is free of holes and spills.
  • Set the object down properly - Lower the load slowly by bending your knees.
  • Push it - When moving an object on rollers, push instead of pull.  It puts less strain on the back.
  • Smart material storage - Do not store objects on the floor; instead, store at working height to avoid unnecessary lifting.

Week 3:  Preventing slips, trips, and falls

  • Footwear - slips happen when there isn't enough traction between a person's foot and the ground.  Wear rubber-soled shoes that are slip resistant.
  • Cleanliness - If you see a spill, clean it up promptly before someone slips.  If you see an object out of place, put it away; it can become a tripping hazard.
  • Adequate lighting - Make sure all work areas are well-lit.

Week 4:  Driving Safety

  • Recognize hazards on the road - Scan ahead, recognizing a hazard in advance will help you avoid it.
  • Understand defensive driving practices - Use your knowledge of defensive driving to avoid the hazards
  • Act right, act now - Be alert when you drive so you can make the correct move quickly.


Be proactive about safety, and use these safety tips to keep F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems' impressive safety record above standard. 

F.E. Moran Special HazardSystems has recently received contracts to perform a range of services in several power generating plants:

Genesis Solar LLC - Blyth, CA

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems will be providing fire protection solutions for this solar generation project taking place in the Sonoran Desert. They will be designing, installing, and furnishing deluge systems for the HTF pumping and handling equipment and pipe racks as well as solutions for the stream turbine bearings, stream turbine lube oil equipment, main power transformers, and plant-wide fire alarms.

Lake Road Generating Station - St. Joseph, MO

After developing a positive working relationship with AWS in Wyoming, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems was chosen to provide the installation of wash down systems supplied by AWS for Lake Road Generating Station.

Natrium Plant - Proctor, WV

This large natural gas processing and fractionation plant has chosen F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems as their fire protection solution provider. They will be designing, supplying, and installing an extensive fire suppression and gas detection system to protect this plant.

Sutton Combined-Cycle Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant - Wilmington, NC

This 620 MW combined cycle plant is replacing a coal-fired plant. F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has been tasked with the design, shop fabrication, and installation of the fixed fire protection sprinkler, water spray, foam system, and standpipe. Additionally, they will be designing and furnishing components for fire detection and alarm systems.

Contract Agreements:

Kendall Energy Power Plant - Minooka, IL

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