Gribbins Fills Tall Order in Rockport
Standing 1,038 feet high, the central smokestack at the American Electric Power (AEP) Rockport generating station is not only the tallest in Indiana, it’s also among the world’s tallest. The Spencer County generating station is the site of a current project led by Evansville Project Manager, Aubrey Forrester.
Scope and Timeline of Project
Forrester, along with key field employees, Carl Honeycutt and Demetrious Tinsley, are leading their Gribbins team in the removal and replacement of insulation and lagging on 42” diameter high energy piping and the associated fittings. The duration of the AEP Rockport undertaking runs March 10, 2017 through June 4, 2017.
Safety: Above All at Gribbins
In keeping with the Gribbins commitment to safety, Forrester notes the crew members are required to wear half mask respirators, hard hats, safety glasses, steel toe boots, and safety harnesses. As far as the rewards experienced, Aubrey Forrester succinctly states these positives: “Completing the project safely, under budget, and installing quality work.”
It’s an Honor Serving the Memphis VA Hospital
Calvert City Project Manager, Billy Everette, recently discussed a 4-month project that began April 10, 2017 at a VA Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The scope of the current project is sizable: re-insulation of approximately 30,000 feet of piping removed due to moisture and mold issues. In addition to Everette, the undertaking involves key field employees, Jim Spivey and Kenneth Spivey.
Safety: Always a Priority with Gribbins
Everette reports all employees involved with the project were required to undergo testing for TB. In addition, a site safety plan was established for workspace constraints and heat exposure. While ensuring workplace safety is always a priority, the Gribbins team members also strategically and successfully overcome the challenges associated with working in a hospital setting. Everette describes specific complexities, including “Tracking and maintaining material quantities and production quantities on a large scale in a tight work space. Maneuvering materials and workforce to get the project completed with the least amount of disturbance to the VA’s day-to-day operations.”
What a Gribbins Professional Finds Personally Rewarding
While reflecting on how the project touches him personally, Billy Everette shares, “It’s a large project that has a lot of pieces that I can put together to have a successful project, and the result is that I can help make a difference in bettering the safety and health of our country’s wounded veterans.” When asked if there’s anything he’d like to add, Everette replies, “Just a shout out to Semper Tek www.sempertekinc.com for allowing us to be a part of this project. Semper Tek is a Disabled Veteran Owned Company.”
An EAP is a written document required by OSHA. The purpose of this document is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during work pace emergencies. These plans inform employees on what to do and where to go in case of severe weather, fire, earthquake, or other catastrophes. When reporting to a new jobsite, each employee should be made aware of the EAP for that site. When working on large sites employees shall review the EAP each day to ensure they have know the proper evacuation route and assembly area for their location.
An EAP should include:
- Means of reporting fires and other emergencies. This can include procedures for reporting emergencies such as dialing 911, or an internal emergency number, or pulling a manual fire alarm.
- Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments. These are to inform employees who is authorized to order an evacuation, under what conditions and evacuation would be necessary, how to evacuate, and what routes to take. Maps should be used to identify the escape routes to be followed by employees from each specific facility location. These procedures can also include actions to be taken before or while evacuating such as shutting windows, turning off equipment or closing doors behind them.
- Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate.
- Procedures to account for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed. This might include procedures for designated employees to sweep areas, check offices and rest rooms, before being the last to leave a workplace or conducting a roll call in the assembly area.
- Rescue and medical duties for those employees who are to perform them.
- Names and job titles of persons who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan.
- A description of the alarm system to be used to notify employees to evacuate and/or take other actions. The alarms used for different actions should be distinctive and might include horn blast, sirens, or public address systems.
There are many things that we do each day before work begins – we receive our job task, gather tools and equipment and move to our work area. But another important thing each of us should do is to look at all the hazards in our work environment before beginning our task. You should continue to evaluate the job throughout the day for hazards that may have changed or occurred during the course of the day. Hazards should be corrected or eliminated before proceeding with the task at hand. If you cannot correct the hazard yourself, contact your foreman or the safety department.
A hazard is defined as a chance, a chance of being injured or harmed or a possible source of danger. Jobsites are filled with many different hazards whether it be the task you are performing, task others are performing around you, equipment, chemicals, heat sources or weather conditions. Hazards should be recognized and eliminated through engineering controls, administrative controls or personal protective equipment.
The following is a list of some of the hazards that are frequently encountered on jobsites include. This list does not cover all the hazards, but ones that we face on an everyday basis.
Material Handling and Storage – Manual handling hazards include improper lifting and carry techniques, carrying too much weight, incorrect gripping or lacerations. Mechanical handling hazards include untrained forklift operators, uninspected equipment or congested areas. Storage of material hazards include materials staked too high, unsecured materials that could become airborne or fall and storage in walkways or doorways.
Machine guarding – Hazards in this category include improper or missing guards around rotating or reciprocated equipment and guards on tools. An example of this would be guards on grinders.
Slips/Trips/Falls – Hazards to look for include slippery surfaces, poor housekeeping, extension cords or other debris laying in walkways, inadequately barricaded or covered holes, stairs or uneven surfaces.
Scaffolds – Hazards include slippery surfaces, unsafe access, uncompleted scaffold, uninspected scaffold, employees modifying scaffolding without the direction of a competent person, falls, struck by falling objects, electrocutions, scaffold collapse or wheels not being locked on rolling scaffolds.
Aerial Lifts – Hazards include untrained employees, defective equipment, electrocution from overhead power lines, tip over hazards, not using 100% fall protection, not closing gates or chains, poor housekeeping on jobsite or in lift, collision hazards, explosion and fire hazards, inadequate floor support, overhead hazards, drop offs, holes or bumps, strong or gusty winds or using other devices to elevate yourself from the platform.
Ladders – Ladders are one of the most common tools used, but can also be one of the most dangerous if not used correctly. Hazards in this category include uninspected ladders, ladders used on unstable or unlevel surfaces, slippery hand, rungs or shoes, using a step ladder as a straight ladder, using the top step or top of the ladder, not maintaining 3 points of contact or using the incorrect type or size of ladder.
Elevated Heights – Hazards exist not only where employees are subject to a fall of 6 feet or greater, but if a fall to a lower level or a piece of equipment below could occur. Fall protection or prevention should be used when needed. To eliminate these hazards always maintain 100% fall protection, inspect equipment before use, use anchor points capable of withstanding 5000 pounds, tie off points should be determined to ensure that your fall arrest equipment would stop you before you come into contact with lower levels or equipment, if you are using a 6 ft. shock absorbing lanyard you will need to tie off at least 19 feet above you to arrest the fall before striking the ground. Also, look for hazards where if a fall occurred you could be propelled over a hand rail.
Tools / Power Tools – Hazards in this category include untrained employees, laceration, flying debris, electrical shock, unguarded equipment, not following the manufacture’s recommendation, using tool for unintended use, unsecured tools when working at elevated heights or using defective tools.
Evansville, Indiana – Gribbins Insulation announces the addition of Joy Veatch to its team. With over 10 years experience in construction accounting, Veatch now serves as Assistant Controller, a position newly created at Gribbins. Her primary responsibility is assisting Gribbins’ Secretary-Treasurer, Patrick Wahl. Veatch’s key duties include job costing, budgeting, forecasting, and payroll management. In describing what drew her to Gribbins, Veatch explains, “My knowledge of Gribbins Insulation began through office-to-office communications during my time at Peyronnin Construction. I am most impressed with the level of professionalism that encompasses Gribbins Insulation.”
Prior to joining Gribbins Insulation in March 2017, Veatch served as Accounting Supervisor at Peyronnin Construction in Evansville, Indiana. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana. Currently, Veatch is pursuing accreditation from the Construction Financial Management Association as a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP).
A native of Newburgh, Indiana, Veatch is committed to community. She volunteers as a horse leader for Riding Hope, a therapy and adaptive riding program for area children with special needs.
Founded in 1985, Gribbins Insulation is a commercial and industrial mechanical insulation contractor serving the Midwestern United States. Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, the company has five branch offices in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.