Monday, August 11, 2014

Tips For Pre Planning Rigging Projects

Pre-planning before performing a rigging project is a essential task for ensuring the task is done safely and completed successfully. All personnel involved must be properly trained and certified in the proper utilization of tools and equipment required to perform the project.

Prior to beginning a rigging project there must be a JSA done,
which lists the description of the task and identifies any potential hazards and what will be done to eliminate them. It will also list what tools are required and the steps in order of when they will be performed. There are many tools and equipment utilized for rigging tasks depending on each specific project, the most common are wire rope slings, nylon slings, shackles, dollies / skates, lifting jacks, chain blocks, cumalongs, overhead gantries, forklifts, and cranes.

When utilizing the above tools it is imperative that they are inspected before use to prevent safety issues and confirm that they will operate correctly. There should be a rigging inspection form completed which will include a check list of what to look for. If you are using wire rope chokers it is important to look for breaks, any worn sections and to check if the wire rope is starting to fray. If using nylon slings they should be inspected for cuts, breaks, splits and if they are worn. If any of the previous symptoms are seen the rigging should immediately stopped being used and put in a secure area for proper disposal.

If heavy equipment such as a forklift or crane is utilized a extensive checklist must be performed and operators must be properly licensed and certified to operate correctly. The above steps are only a brief overview of a type of work that requires extensive pre-planning and experienced, trained and certified personnel.

About Universal Wrecking

Universal Wrecking Corp. is one of the premier demolition contractor and scrap metal removal contractors in the United States. Demolition services include commercial and industrial demolition, interior demolition and renovations, scrap metal recycling and removal, dismantlement, tank and silo demolition, mobile and portable onsite concrete crushing and wrecking.

Universal Wrecking Corp. - Corporate Main Office

170 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: (866) 585-3198
Fax: (877)-598-8645
Web: http://www.universalwrecking.com/

Monday, July 21, 2014

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Demolition and rigging workers need to have proper protection to ensure their safety and the safety of the job site. To provide that protection workers utilize PPE. Personal Protective Equipment, (PPE) can prevent employees from potential hazards associatedwith their workplace. The minimum required PPE on a demolition or rigging project consists of the following items:

Hardhat
Safety Glasses
High Visibility Safety Vests
Leather Palmed Work Gloves
Work Boots

Depending on the project site and task being performed additional PPE may be required. The site supervisors evaluate the work task and perform hazard assessments to identify if additional PPE is required and to confirm that the appropriate personal protective equipment is being utilized to perform the work task at hand.

Examples of some work that would require additional protective equipment are as follows:


Work to be performed in a man lift or if a worker is 6’ from an edge would require a safety harness that is attached to a retractable. This would allow the employee to work safely and be 100% tied off at all times. If a worker is performing work utilizing a grinder or demo saw he would wear a face shield to ensure face protection and ear plugs for hearing protection.

The site supervisor trains or provides training to all employees to ensure they are familiar with the proper utilization of PPE and to ensure applicable safety procedures are followed.

Universal Wrecking Corp. is an expert building demolition / rigging contractor and scrap metal recycling company that operates throughout the United States. On every project safety is the #1 priority and the success of a project is the result of many factors, but Safety is the Key!

Please feel free to contact us with your questions or comments via email at estimate@universalwrecking.com

Contact Information

Universal Wrecking Corp. - Corporate Main Office
170 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: (866) 585-3198
Fax: (877)-598-8645
http://www.universalwrecking.com

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Project Schedules

Project schedules are a essential document for project planning and are utilized to successfully perform demolition, dismantling and any other type of work in the industry.

Prior to the start of work the estimator, project manager and scheduler will meet and list key task / activity items. Each task will have a duration associated with it, showing a estimated start and completion date. While developing the schedule many variables will come into play.

· Original estimated durations for each activity
· Milestones
· Manpower
· Equipment
· Resource Availability
· Weather
· Overlapping tasks
· Customers needs

Taking into account the above variables will allow the scheduler to develop a accurate and realistic schedule. Once the schedule is complete the key managers will meet, review and finalize.

In order for a schedule to be a useful tool it must be updated weekly and discussed with the manager on site to make sure that the durations and goals are obtainable. While performing work there is possibilites that you will run into unforseen delays. Example of unforeseen delays are changes in the original scope of work, weather, equipment breakdowns and overall site conditions changing.

Schedules are utilized on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis depending on the needs of each individual project. It is also helpful to perform two week look-aheads for site workers to make them aware and informed of  the project goals. Employees can give there input and explain to  management if there are additional variables that might effect completion dates.

The development of a project schedule is a important part for completing projects within estimated budgets and timeframes.

About Us:

Universal Wrecking Corp. is an expert rigging, dismantlement, demolition contractor and scrap metal recycling company that operates throughout the United States. We have the experienced and safety conscientious personnel, demolition and recycling equipment and the technical expertise to handle
standard or very technical wrecking projects.

Contact Information:


Universal Wrecking Corp. - Corporate Main Office
170 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: (866) 585-3198
Website: http://www.universalwrecking.com

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rigging, Dismantlement & Demolition of Water Tower and Pipe Bridge

Universal Wrecking was recently hired to perform the rigging, dismantlement and demolition of a 185' Water Tower and associated Pipe Bridge spanning across an active street at a former manufacturing facility in New Jersey.

Due to the location and close proximity of the water tower to live power lines and existing site structures it was decided that the water tower would be dismantled in sections utilizing two cranes.

Universal Wrecking utilized a 550T Hydraulic Crane to perform the picks of each section and a 165T crane to hoist workers in a certified man basket over 185' in the air in order to perform rigging and dismantling services.

Prior to the project starting the following activities were performed:

* A detailed safety and execution plan was developed for the safe rigging and dismantlement of the water tower and supporting structures, so as not to disturb the power lines or roadway adjacent to the project site. The plan also outlined where temporary barricades and other protection were to be located and placed to prevent injury to people and damage to adjacent buildings and facilities to remain.

* The pre-demolition conference was performed at the project site to discuss and coordinate the procedure of dismantling the water tower, safety, schedule and the placement of temporary protection.

* Required permits necessary to perform the work were obtained.

The tank and pipe bridge were dismantled following the approved rigging plan and utilizing torches to cut the steel sections. Once lowered to the ground, a Hydraulic Excavator equipped with a shear processed the scrap steel. After the scrap steel was processed, a Hydraulic Excavator equipped with a grapple, loaded trucks that transported the steel to a pre-determined recycling facility.

The project was completed safely, on schedule and without incident.

If you have a question about one of our services or are looking for a quote on a new job, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: estimate@universalwrecking.com

About Us:

Universal Wrecking Corp. is an expert rigging, dismantlement, demolition contractor and scrap metal recycling company that operates throughout the United States. We have the experienced and safety conscientious personnel, demolition and recycling equipment and the technical expertise to handle
standard or very technical wrecking projects.

Contact Information:

Universal Wrecking Corp. - Corporate Main Office
170 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: (866) 585-3198
Website: http://www.universalwrecking.com

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Job Safety Analysis

The purpose of a  Job safety Analysis (JSA) is to identify how a work task will be performed and to ensure that all actions necessary are taken to perform the task safely and to prevent injury. The JSA will list the sequence of the job tasks, list the potential hazards associated with each task and finally provide the recommended action to minimize the risk of potential hazards.

The JSA should be prepared by the foreman overseeing the work to be performed. The task will be evaluated and potential hazards will be reviewed. The typical format of a JSA is as follows:

Project :                                               Date:   
Contractor:                                         Project No:       
Prepared By:                                      Reviewed By:  

The next step will be to describe the task to be performed. After describing the task the foreman will list what PPE is required. Example of a list of required PPE is as follows:

Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Safety Shoes
Gloves
Hearing Protection
Respirator (indicate type)
Safety Harness (indicate type)
Face Shied (indicate type)
Other (indicate)

If needed additional comments can be made below the listed PPE explaining any special requirements or specific type of model that must be utilized.

In most facilities work permits are required to be obtained from the customer. Examples of permits to be obtained are Hot Work, Confined Space, Excavation, Critical Lift and General Work Permits. The permit required for the work task will be noted and listed on the JSA.

After the JSA is complete a meeting will be held with all workers to discuss. After the meeting the employees will sign and date confirming that they have reviewed and understand their responsibilities to perform the work in a safe manner as per the procedures listed in the JSA.

About Us:

Universal Wrecking Corp. is an expert rigging, dismantlement, demolition contractor and scrap metal recycling company that operates throughout the United States. We have the experienced and safety conscientious personnel, demolition and recycling equipment and the technical expertise to handle standard or very technical wrecking projects.

Contact Information:

Universal Wrecking Corp. - Corporate Main Office
170 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: (866) 585-3198
Web: http://www.universalwrecking.com        

Friday, May 30, 2014

Demolition Equipment Maintenance

The maintenance of equipment provided by a demolition contractor is a key component to a successful project. Due to the nature of demolition work, equipment needs to be inspected daily and the necessary maintenance needs to be performed accordingly. In order to keep equipment running efficiently, and to be productive, weekly and monthly maintenance and inspections are also required.

Universal Wrecking employs highly skilled and experienced operators / mechanics that are trained to perform the required inspections on a variety of equipment. On an average day, operators will inspect the exterior and interior parts of a machine, check fluids and apply grease where needed.

Their fleet of mechanics have fully equipped trucks that enable them to be dispatched quickly and make most repairs on site. Mechanics keep extensive logs of maintenance work performed on equipment and are trained to identify any potential future issues that could develop. The advantage of being proactive in identifying potential issues allows time for obtaining required parts, and getting pricing from various suppliers to get the most cost effective options and reduce idle time.

Demolition projects require numerous machines to work in sync to allow for schedules and budgets to be met. If a single machine stops operating due to a breakdown, a project could experience significant production losses and result in increased costs from down time or inefficiencies.

Below is a list of the most common inspections that are performed on a weekly / monthly basis pending equipment usage:

Boom and stick excessive wear or damage
Excessive wear, damage or leaks on hydraulic cylinders
Checking underneath of machine for final drive leaks
Overall undercarriage packing / debris buildup
Idlers & rollers leaks, damage and wear
Drive sprockets wear, damage and loose bolts
Track assembly tightness
Damage, bent or broken shoes
Swing bearing damage
Loose or missing bolts
Tires excessive wear or damage
Foreign objects
Steps and handholds condition and cleanliness
Overall machine loose of missing nuts & bolts
Loose guards
Cleanliness of engine compartment
Engine oil fluid level
Swing drives fluid level
Engine coolant fluid level
Air filter restriction indicator
Radiator fin blockage and leaks
All hoses inspected for cracks, wear spots and leaks
All belts inspected for tightness, wear and cracks
Overall engine compartment trash or dirt buildup
Leaks on the machine and outside of the cab
Fuel tank fuel level
Hydraulic oil tank fluid level
Fire extinguisher Charge
Windshields wipers & washers
Batteries & hold downs
Falling object guard damage
Seat adjustment
Seat belt & mounting damage, wear and adjustment
Horn, backup alarm, lights proper function
Overall cab interior

Universal Wrecking takes pride in their extensive maintenance program and the performance of all equipment. The program allows UWC to provide their customers with the highest level of quality on all projects.

About Us:

Universal Wrecking is an expert rigging, dismantlement, demolition contractor and scrap metal recycling company that operates throughout the United States. We have the experienced and safety conscientious personnel, demolition and recycling equipment and the technical expertise to handle standard or very technical wrecking projects.

Contact Information:


Universal Wrecking Corp.
170 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: (866) 585-3198
Fax: (877)-598-8645
Email: estimate@universalwrecking.com
Web: www.universalwrecking.com

Monday, May 5, 2014

Weekly / Daily Toolbox Talks

The purpose of Weekly / Daily Tool Box Talks is to provide a group forum where discussions can take place for employees regarding specific safety topics on a project site.

Performing Weekly / Daily Tool Box Talks will address workplace concerns and provide recommendations for those concerns, assist in planning for a work task, and will encourage overall safety on a project site.  It provides employees with the opportunity to contribute ideas and make employees aware of specific safety issues.
 
When having a safety talk numerous safety issues can be addressed or discussed,
common examples of topics are accident reporting, cold stress, crane safety, demolition safety, heavy equipment operation, fall protection, responsibilities, pinch points, fire extinguishers, first aid, housekeeping, electrical safety, hand & power tools, ladders, manual lifting, weather, scaffolds, rigging safety, motor vehicle safety and general safety.

Weekly/ Daily meetings should not go beyond 15-20 minutes and are most effective in the morning before work is started. When a meeting is held in the mornings it refreshes an employee’s mind set to perform work safely for that day’s task. The meeting would be held by a supervisor on the project and would involve participation by employees in regards to the meeting topics.

Employees will be made aware of the location and time for the meetings beforehand to allow them sufficient time to write down or think of any concerns that they may be present on the site.

After supervisors address workers with the chosen meeting topics, employees are encouraged to add ideas and alternative solutions. Allowing employees to participate and brain storm during meetings, develops and encourages a team characteristic within the crew and is a proactive method for limiting safety issues on a project.

Remember Safety is Everybody’s Job and Begins with Teamwork!

About Us:

Universal Wrecking Corp. is an expert building demolition contractor and scrap metal recycling company that operates throughout the United States. We have the experienced and safety conscientious personnel, demolition and recycling equipment and the technical expertise to handle standard or very technical wrecking projects.

Contact Information:

Universal Wrecking Corp. - Corporate Main Office
170 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: (866) 585-3198
Fax: (877)-598-8645
Web: http://www.universalwrecking.com

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Scrap Metal Container Services

Universal Recycling & Scrap Iron Corp. has been offering scrap metal container services throughout Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties for the past 3 years. Our customers range from smaller scrap yards, auto repair shops, contractors in numerous fields and the general public.

Whether it is a job clean up or house clean out, we can accommodate all your scrap metal recycling needs.  We offer 20, 30 and 40 yard containers delivered within 24 hours, if not sooner, of your call. Pricing is determined on the desired destination of the container and is provided within minutes upon your inquiry.

In addition to our roll off container service, we offer various types of standard and over dimensional local and regional hauling. We are equipped with a fleet of four trucks that also include; flat beds, step decks, low boy, reefer and van trailers.

Our experienced dispatchers coordinate closely with our drivers to ensure delivery or pick up in a timely manner. Most importantly, our trained and experienced drivers strictly adhere to our company safety policies as well as, all state and federal safety rules and regulations.

Not sure what size container you may need or exactly what commodities of metal you have? Just call and at no cost a representative will be scheduled to come to you, asses your material and determine the best plan of action for removal.

Call Jennifer at 1-877-SCRAP-80 extension 201 for pricing and container availability.
Call Don at 1-877-SCRAP-80 extension 200 for all other hauling services.

Universal Recycling Group
23 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
732.349.0112 or 732.505.0800
http://universalrecyclinggroup.com

Also check out our Demolition Company located in Bayville, NJ.

Universal Wrecking Corp.
170 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: 732-864-1194
Toll Free: 866-585-3198
http://www.universalwrecking.com