Saturday, October 4, 2014

MSDS and Chemical Safety

MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet and is a common used document in the industrial construction industry.

MSDS are provided for employees use on each chemical they may come in contact with on a project. There are MSDS on everything from gasoline, to trichloroethylene (TCE), and even to whiteout. The MSDS cover a multitude of topics ranging from physical properties of the chemical to the associated health effects. Some MSDS are better than others, but all provide excellent information on the characteristics of the chemical you may be using.

Always be sure that you are using the latest version of the MSDS, information can change from time to time. Obtain an MSDS for all hazardous materials that are brought on the job site.

How to Read an MSDS: The product is often identified by a chemical name and often a trade name (i.e., polychlorinated biphenyl, PCB).

Section One contains the suppliers information including the name, address, and phone number of the company that makes the chemical, and the date the MSDS was prepared.
Section Two has a listing of the hazardous components and the regulated exposure limits. Sometimes the chemicals components will not be listed if the chemical is a trade secret.
Section Three contains the physical data of the chemical (i.e., vapor pressure, solubility, reactivity, etc.).
Section Four includes the fire and explosion data covering the flash point, lower explosive limit (LEL) and upper explosive limit (UEL).
Section Five involves the reactivity of the chemical. This indicates whether or not the chemical can be mixed with water, air or other chemicals.
Section Six covers the associated health hazards that delivers critical information to help keep you safe.
Section Seven outlines the safe handling procedures; and
Section Eight gives guidance towards controlling associated hazards.

If you have difficulty understanding the information on the MSDS, you should contact your Corporate Health and Safety (CHS) prior to using the chemical. Also check out the OSHA Quick Card with new requirments: as of June 1, 2015 all SDSs will need to be in a uniform format.

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

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dismantlement, Removal and Recycling of Decommissioned Equipment


Universal Wrecking Corp was recently hired to perform the dismantlement, removal and recycling of decommissioned equipment consisting of (2) Chillers and (2) Drive Trains at an industrial facility in Central, VA.

The first task associated with the project was the rigging and removal of the equipment from the existing facility. The equipment was disconnected from all associated piping and utilities. Upon being disconnected the equipment was removed utilizing hydraulic jacks, skates and a 15,000 lb. forklift. After being staged outside of the facility the equipment was loaded onto trailers with a 35 T Hydraulic Crane. It was then transported to a designated laydown yard within the facility for dismantlement and recycling.

After the equipment was transported to the designated laydown yard it was offloaded utilizing a 35 T Hydraulic Crane. Upon being offloaded the dismantlement process of the equipment began. Employees utilized a combination of oxy / acetylene torches and a Hydraulic Excavator equipped with a Grapple and Shear to dismantle the equipment in sections that could be managed and loaded onto trailers. After the equipment was loaded it was transported for further processing and recycling to a pre-determined facility.

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

Universal Wrecking
170 Double Trouble Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
732-864-1194
http://www.universalwrecking.com

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