Third Quarter 2012 Newsletter


This edition of the Plant Protection Report explores the issue of pipe corrosion in cooling towers. Cooling towers harbor several factors that contribute to pipe deterioration. Without annual inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire protection system, failure could occur without warning.

Cooling tower fire protection is often ignored because of the nature of the structure - it is filled with water when operating. However, there are many fire hazards and dry areas within a cooling tower that are susceptible to fire. We hope this article provides some insight into common misconceptions and encourages a pipe maintenance strategy.



Daryl Bessa

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems



Cooling Tower Pipe Corrosion

Cooling towers - the name itself gives the air of the opposition to fire.  Their existence is for the soul purpose of removing heat.  However, cooling towers contain very real fire hazards:  Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) fill; Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) walls (FRP is often mistaken as an acronym for fire resistant plastic), fan stacks, fan decks, fan blades, louvers, partitions, and catch basins; Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and Polypropylene nozzles; and wood.  Cooling towers are susceptible to fire when they are online or off.  When a cooling tower is online, there are several dry areas within the building with fire hazards available to fuel a blaze.  When cooling towers are offline, they are at greater risk for fire with a larger volume of dry space to invade.  Don't wait until a fire erupts in a cooling tower to find out the fire sprinkler pipes have failed.  CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Spotlight on Safety

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has achieved a .76 Experience Modification Rating (EMR) by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).  The NCCI is a United States insurance rating and data collection bureau that specializes in workers' compensation.  F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has continuously exceeded the industry standard of 1.0.

An EMR is calculated based on a comparison of the claim history of similar companies in the high-risk, high-value industry to F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems.  After the calculations were complete, it was determined that F.E. Moran was significantly safer than others in the industry, beating the average by 0.24. 

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has developed a safety program designed to preserve the safety of all individuals involved.  The program utilizes

  • Job Safety Analysis (JSA) - Every day a JSA is completed to evaluate possible hazards with a plan on how to lessen or eliminate them.
  • Open communication - Field personnel have scheduled weekly safety meetings.  Additionally, there is an open line of communication between the project managers and field.  It is encouraged to contact project managers with ideas on safety procedures and safety equipment. 
  • Safety equipment - Installers are provided with safety equipment for all hazard possibilities.
  • Intense safety training- Before installers set foot on the job site, they are given an intense safety training, making them aware of all possible hazards.  Additionally, once the job site is open, it is evaluated frequently for possible hazards that should be addressed.


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New Contracts

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

BP Refinery - Whiting, IN
Decommissioned four Halon 1301 suppression systems.

BP Refinery - Whiting, IN
Explosion on the 11PS Coker Unit destroyed several suppression systems. PSD repaired/replaced damaged equipment and placed systems back in service with minimal downtime.

Contract Agreements:
Texas Petrochemical - Houston, TX

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