Category Archive: Construction

National Manufacturing Day is Friday October 6th!

Here at Base Construction, we’re eager to support National Manufacturing Day and its initiatives. This year, the event takes place on October 6th at industrial locations across the country. National Manufacturing Day was started back in 2012 as a way to spread knowledge about modern-day manufacturing, end industry misconceptions, and banquet its successes.

Educators, students, public, businessmen, politicians, and the media alike are invited to various facilities countrywide in an effort to change the perceptions of manufacturing. Many still envision the field as factory floor work, but today technology, STEM, secure job placement, strong benefits, and contributions to a growing economy are at the forefront of the sector.

This year the number of attendees has grown to over 2,100. When Manufacturing Day first started that number was a mere 240. With initiatives like re-shoring, focusing on STEM education, and bridging the skills gap, National Manufacturing Day and the manufacturing industry will continue to grow and prosper.

After participating in National Manufacturing Day events, students are polled about their experience. Surveys reveal that 89% of students see potential future opportunities in the field. 84% become more convinced that manufacturing careers are not only rewarding but also interesting. And 64% are motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing fields. These numbers are telling, in that future generations only need to be shown the many possible career choices available in front of them.

Base Construction is a SoCal industrial contractor for all types of industrial projects. We do everything from process piping, concrete/foundations, structural steel fabrication & installation to turnkey projects, and mechanical equipment placement/installation.

To learn more about our company and services read our blog, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIn. To find out how we can help you with your next project, we invite you to contact us today.

Safety Series Part II: Why Roof Guard Rails are Safety Essentials

In Part 1 of our Safety Series, we examined the importance of safety guards for rotating equipment. Now that we know how they protect us let’s take a step back and see why these rails are safety essentials in the construction industry.

While it is impossible to eliminate all risks as industrial contractors, including process piping to structural steel fabrication and mechanical equipment installation, we strive to raise industry awareness about staying ahead of workplace risks.

With this in mind, we bring you the second installment of our three-part safety series:  Why Roof Guard Rails are Safety Essentials.

Meeting OSHA and Internal Program Standards

At any construction company, the business should be Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliant. OSHA is part of the U.S. Department of Labor program, and here at Base, we take those regulations extremely seriously within our daily operations.

Not only is it important to follow OSHA standards, but CAL-OSHA, a client specific safety initiative, as well.  Internally, we have chosen to provide a cohesive Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) of our own. This program keeps our staff accountable in our best effort to complete every job safely. Our company operates on the principle that safety is paramount. Direct results from our IIPP include both quality and successful project completion. We recommend any/all companies within the industrial industry follow in our footsteps to create a strong and effective internal safety program.

Safety Measures for Preventing Falls

OSHA’s Fall Protection in Construction manual outlines 29 CFR 1926.502(b), pertaining to federal fall protection criteria and practices. Guardrail systems go around roof openings and at the roof perimeter.

As an industrial contractor, we recommend using guard rail systems on construction sites to prevent workers from falling to lower dangerous risk levels in hopes that more industry members will follow suit. The temporary roof guards can attach to rafters or other structural beams. There are also weighted portable guardrails, as seen here.

Guard Rail System Standards

If you decide to set up a guardrail system to protect workers in construction zones from fall hazards, you must adhere to OSHA’s federal guard rail system rules for accurate setup and proper implementation. For example, guard top rails and midrails must be at least 1/4 of an inch nominal diameter or thickness to prevent scratches and cuts. Other OSHA criteria pertain to the amount of force the guardrail system can withstand, the height and placement of midrails, and how to enact screens, mesh, and other structural members.

Looking Out for Our Workers

As an industry leader and employer, it is imperative that you look out for employee safety, including methods like fall protection measures, guardrail systems, and adhering each to OSHA and internal company requirements and standards.

Be sure to follow our Base Construction blog, so you know when the third and final part of our safety series goes live. We will be taking a brief pause in October for National Manufacturing Day on October 6th.

Beyond our monthly blog, easily stay up to date by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter too. For your next industrial project, contact us to manage and handle all of your industrial needs. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Safety Series Part I: Safety Guard Standards

At Base Construction, we treat safety seriously, taking action to protect the well-being of all of those involved in industrial field projects. In hopes that our actions will motivate other industry members to follow suit, we are presenting a 3-part series on safety practices that our Southern California company implements.

Today we’re delving into the importance of safety guards for rotating equipment.

What are Safety Guards?

Guards are on-site safety protectors that shield those working with rotating equipment from potential hazards. The benefit is that they do so without compromising quality or efficiency of a working system. We use top-quality, well-designed guards meant for strength and durability for the best protection possible of our workers. Although choosing quality equipment does increase certain expenses, the end result is worth the cost. In our industry, we can’t put a price on coworker safety.

Types of Guards for Safety Standards

Guards are of two kinds, fixed or moveable. Tests are done to determine which part is suitable for an individual machine. A fixed guard isolates the worker from possible danger through a barrier. This keeps the user out of any potential hazard zones. If users need to moderately or occasionally access the hazard zone, moveable guards are the better choice. If zone access is more frequent, specialized safety devices are advisable.

Care and caution must be taken to position any/all types of guards far enough away from danger to eliminate any chance of someone entering the hazard zone. Another step is to ensure guards are secured by proper fasteners and only removable with specialized tools to prevent detachment without authorization.

Creating Safe Work Conditions

At Base Construction we train all employees to comply with the highest safety standards and adhere to our internal Injury and Illness Prevention Program. We also follow the standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Cal/OSHA. The result is superior safety records at our facility.

Regulations You can Find at Base

  1. OSHA’s General Regulatory Guard Requirements * Found under 1910 Subpart O – Machinery and Machine Guarding
  2. ANSI’s B11 Machine Guarding Standards

On-Site Industrial Safety

Base Construction operates under the safety philosophy that a job is only done well when carried out safely, without accidents or narrowly avoided issues. We choose top-of-the-line guards for rotating equipment applications to protect workers on industrial projects that range from process piping to structural steel fabrication.

For unmatched industrial contractor services for any industry, contact us today. Also, be sure to follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest industry developments. For more information on safety take a look at our June blog and keep an eye out for part II of our safety series.

Recent California Rain Signals an End to Years-Long Drought

California’s severe drought, which began in 2014, finally appears to be over. At its height, certain locations, primarily Central and Southern California, experienced extreme or exceptional drought conditions, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Today, three years later, the historic California drought is coming to an end. This winter was an exceptionally rainy one for California — its wettest on record, with 7 feet of snowfall accumulation in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

State reservoirs, including Lake Oroville, California’s second largest, have largely returned to or even surpassed historical average levels. Just last month, Governor Brown signed an executive order ending the state of drought emergency. It was left in effect, however, for four counties: Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne.

These counties, as well as Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, are still experiencing lingering drought conditions — ranging from abnormally dry to moderate drought to severe drought — or drinking water shortages.

While emergency mandatory water conservation standards — enacted by the State Water Resources Control Board when Governor Brown declared the state of emergency — have been rescinded, emergency water reporting requirements and wasteful practice prohibitions have been left in place statewide. These include restrictions on lawn watering, hose use, and irrigation of ornamental landscaping.

In fact, under Governor Brown’s direction, the Control Board is investigating making certain reporting requirements and prohibitions permanent. The ultimate goal is to help make water conservation a way of life for Californians, not only to better our relationship with the environment but also to help ease the negative impact of future droughts.

Located in Southern California, the team here at Base Construction, Inc. keenly felt the effects of this drought, and we’ve been working hard to support important water conservation efforts over these past few years. While the end of the drought is in sight, we’ll remain committed to smart water use going forward in everything we do.

To keep up to date with Base Construction’s latest news and projects, follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To discuss a project with us directly, contact us today.

Base Construction Supports Safety Beyond June

Base Construction gladly promotes National Safety Month this June. The National Safety Council (NSC) has been encouraging safety for years and celebrates National Safety Month each June by providing safety training, workplace training, first aid training, defensive driver training, and more. On average, more than 13 people die from injury or accident each day while at work. The goal of the NSC is to significantly reduce that number through effective training. The organization has been around for over 100 years, providing support to companies and communities throughout the United States.

The NSC has found out that when employees feel safe in their work there is greater morale, increased productivity, fewer injuries, and lower costs to the employer. When employees take time off of work due to injuries, it costs the company money. New problems arise including slower production times and the possibility of overtime to covering workers already taking on longer days. Companies also save money not paying the legal fees that they do when employees are hurt on the job. The NSC can also provide free safety measurement tools for companies that are interested in creating a safer workplace.

Our company has been in business for almost 20 years as an industrial contractor for all types of industrial projects. Located in Southern California, we do everything from process piping, concrete/foundations, structural steel fabrication & installation to turnkey projects, secondary services, and mechanical equipment placement/installation. We serve a wide range of industries including aerospace, chemical, insulation, recycling, food processing, metal forging, natural gas, co-gen, beer brewing, automotive, packaging,  and more. Moreover, we can perform industrial contracting for any type of industry. With our background and the variety of businesses we serve, you can see just how important it is for our team to be on top of our safety plans and procedures.

As a result, Base Construction takes safety seriously and believes that a job is only done right when there are no accidents. Base Construction has an unmatched safety record, and with over 4,000 jobs completed successfully, it’s a huge accomplishment. We also provide an Injury and Illness Prevention Program that keeps employees up to date on all safety issues. We stand proud to support National Safety Month, not only throughout June, but all year long.

To learn more about Base Construction, you can follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, read our blog, or contact us today to find out more about how we can help you safely with your industrial project.

Stay tuned for our upcoming safety series available to you soon!

Handicap Compliant Construction

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, buildings across the nation are still working to catch up with the required construction codes that make many physical sites user-friendly. Even though the civil rights movement had been going long before the passing of the ADA, few buildings already had accommodations in place. Because of this, buildings built prior to the new laws were anything but compliant with them. This important feature of a building enables those who need alternate accommodations to be able to access what most other people take for granted.

Many facilities, including industrial buildings, weren’t built for handicap access. Though modern buildings have addressed the Americans with Disabilities Act by incorporating accessibilities like low-rise sinks and wheelchair ramps, some older buildings are still out of compliance with the law.

For any buildings that aren’t yet compliant or need upgrades or more accessibility, spring and summer are the ideal times to work on these internal company issues. Whether your business needs work done on restrooms, offices, or exteriors, Base Construction can help to ensure your building is compliant with the law and offers those with handicaps the same access as everyone else. As an industry leader, our team understands the need for handicap access.

Here at Base, we serve a wide range of industries, including aerospace, electronics, industrial, chemical, food, pharmaceutical,  wastewater, natural gas, automotive, and more. Whether you’ve got a large industrial plant or a small office building, our experts can easily identify and correct any handicap access issue you might have. From installing handicap accessible sinks to providing wheelchair ramps, we have professionals ready to help you improve your building. We invite you to contact one of our experts to find out just how we can help you get your project done on time,  on budget, and within code standards.

To learn more about our company, missions, values, and the industry, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Underground Piping Helps Contribute to Earth Day

Here at Base Construction, we’re proud to work on any project that helps to improve our environment. Right now, we’re working with Nellson LLC, a company based out of Anaheim, CA that creates some of the best bar and powder nutrition products available on the market. We’re currently constructing an underground drain system for their industrial wastewater.

The system we’re constructing has been designed to collect all of their industrial wastewater into one central location where it can then be clarified, degreased and cleaned thru pumping and advanced treatment processes before it is disposed to a city wastewater treatment facility. Ultimately, this water is drained into city sewer systems. Disposing of wastewater correctly is important for our planet and the future of our environment and other ecosystems.  Treating industrial wastewater the right way before it gets to the city sewer system helps increase quality and quantity of reclaim water which could be used in many applications besides fresh city water.

Worldwide, every society needs clean water to live, and estimates show that by 2025, as much as two-thirds of people around the globe will be facing potential water shortages. Contributing to this are stressed ecosystems due to an exploding population in the last 50 years. In an effort to combat this alarming trend, companies can dispose of wastewater in the right way. There’s no better time for people to get involved than with Earth Day right around the corner on April 22nd.

Although seventy percent of the planet is covered with water, only a small fraction of that is freshwater. Finding new solutions, doing what we can now, and bringing awareness to the global water problem will all help to set our planet back on the right path. Our project with Nellson LLC was completed at the end of March, and we look forward to the next project that will help keep our planet going strong and providing much needed fresh water for everyone. Here at Base Construction, we contribute to industries like construction, industrial, green, and wastewater.

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For any further project questions contact us today!