Category Archive: Safety

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.

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!

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.

For more information or to connect with us, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIn.

For any further project questions contact us today!

Base Construction’s Contribution to the Aerospace Industry

At Base Construction, Inc. we have been in business for almost 20 years, working for a variety of industries, including aerospace. We take pride in what we do and offer our customers the highest in craftsmanship, safety, and quality.

Our team has helped more than 10 Aerospace companies on their Engineering and Construction needs for process piping projects. Our process piping capabilities cover everything from pipe installation, routing design and implementation, to pipe support design and installation. We offer everything from selection of valves (manual and control) to P&ID development and implementation to pipe testing. We also paint and label, insulate, and heat trace. Depending on the project specifications, we use a variety of materials, connection types, and valves.

And how do we connect to such great companies? Many of our connections to Aerospace clients link back to previous customers now working for those Aerospace companies. Knowing we are a reliable industrial contractor based on prior experience, our name was at the top of the list for industrial contractors to work with. We don’t take these recommendations lightly. At Base Construction, we believe our customer loyalty comes from not only our company’s capabilities, but our desire to deliver the highest level of workmanship and quality, our continued commitment to safety, and to our long list of successful projects.

We have worked with companies large and small, from Phillips 66 terminal in Los Angeles, CA to  GIULIANO’S BAKERY in Carson, CA, and many projects and companies in between. Our list of happy customers remains long, and we take pride in each and every job we do. Regardless of size, we do it to specifications and do it right the first time. To stay up to date in the industry and connected to Base Construction, don’t forget to follow our blog, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Cheers to Construction in 2017!

With the new year upon us, the team at Base Construction has been reflecting on 2016’s accomplishments while making our New Year’s resolutions and looking ahead toward what is sure to be an exciting, productive 2017.

We had a lot to be thankful for this past year, as we were kept very busy working on a number of large-scale piping and construction projects for a wide range of industries. We were honored to be called upon yet again to work with UTC, SONOCO, Alcoa, PTG, BE Aerospace, 3M, and Karma Automotive and many others. We also constructed all parts of a co-generation power plant for Golden Road Brewery. This included the installation of water heater heat exchanger on top of the exhaust to ensure that every BTU would be used.

The Base Construction team also had the opportunity to work on various industry-leading green initiatives focused on reducing the amount of power required to run particular systems, as well as capturing waste to redirect that energy.

In looking ahead to the New Year, we will continue to focus on ways to improve our unmatched safety initiatives while keeping downtime to a minimum. In addition to continuing our weekly and monthly safety meetings — as well as daily meetings on all shutdowns and long shift projects — we will also be reevaluating our comprehensive Injury and Illness Prevention Program to ensure optimal worker health and safety.

In 2017, we’ll be taking on new large-scale industrial projects in various areas, including:

  • Process piping
  • Concrete and slab
  • Structural steel fabrication and installation
  • Turnkey projects

And finally, in the spirit of continual improvement, the team at Base Construction will also be looking for new ways in which to better service our customers. Working off-shifts and holidays to meet production schedules, we take pride in ensuring that our customers receive only the best.

To that end, we would like to thank all of our wonderful clients for helping us grow, and we can’t wait to see the new challenges you bring to us in 2017. As always, if there are any ways in which we can better serve you in the New Year, reach out to us at any time or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates!

2016: A Review

It’s December once again. Another year has passed, and we at Base Construction Inc. have celebrated our 18th birthday. As the holidays approach and we look ahead to 2017, we’re taking a look back at the past year’s many accomplishments. On our blog, we got the chance to cover a wide range of important topics.

We first wrote about safety this year in June, the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month. To keep operations running smoothly and keep workers healthy and safe, resourceful companies are constantly looking for ways to improve safety — both for their employees, their most valuable resource, and for clients.

As a result, we discussed work, road, and home safety, with a focus on the workplace. At Base Construction Inc., safety is our highest priority — both in our own facilities and at client worksites. In fact, not one of our employees has ever suffered a recordable injury in our entire 18 years of existence. In June’s safety blog, we also discussed how we helped a client — a major food processing company — quickly, effectively, and safely eliminate the risk of a bacterial contamination.

In October, we delved further into safety procedures and quality assurance, discussing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and ANSI guidelines in regards to machine guarding. While it can be difficult for many manufacturers to implement thorough machine guarding solutions, we at Base Construction are proud to excel in this area.

In the springtime, we tackled environmental issues. April’s post spoke to California’s continued drought and its impact on the industrial construction sector — notably, the increase in hydroelectric power installations and desalination plants. And in May, we discussed a number of ways that Base Construction Inc. can help you reduce your company’s environmental impact. Both posts maintained relevancy as Earth Day was April 22nd this past year.

Throughout the year, we also discussed how to prep your facilities — particularly piping systems — for winter, detailed the high-quality standards we strive to achieve in each of our projects, and outlined several of our advanced capabilities.

2016 was a productive, rewarding year for us at Base Construction Inc., and we hope it was for you as well. We wish everyone a happy, healthy holiday season, and we’ll see you all in 2017!

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Base Construction Offers Large Scale Project Capabilities

At Base Construction, we offer a wide range of large-scale project capabilities, including engineering services, concrete contracting and services, mechanical equipment services, pipe fabrication, process piping, structural steel fabrication, and turnkey services. We have been in business since 1998 and since then have successfully completed over 2,500 projects.

One reason for our success is our commitment to our customers. We believe every project we work on is a priority; and our goal is to have completely satisfied customers, job after job. We utilize only the highest skilled craftsmen in the field to ensure the highest quality and integrity of each project. At Base Construction, we have worked in a variety of environments, including recycling plants to co-gen plants and everything in between.

Our past customer list includes companies such as: GE, SONOCO, Alcoa, Kimberley-Clark, 3M, and Karma automotive. We have built a co-gen plant for Golden Road Brewery, where we completed construction of a co-generation power plant including installation of water heater heat exchanger on top of exhaust so every BTU will be used. To see more of our past projects, please look here. Although not currently listed on our website, we have been working on a tremendous amount of large scale projects over the last year.

At Base Construction, we have many professional affiliations, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Welding Society (AWS), and we are OSHA trained, so you know that safety on the job is one of our main priorities. We invite you to contact us for any construction project need you may have, and we look forward to adding you to our growing list of satisfied customers.