Category Archive: SoCal News

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 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!

Base Construction Helps Drive Electric Car Manufacturers Forward

As a leading contractor in the industrial construction sector, we work with a very varied group of customers. Manufacturers from all markets trust us with their projects because of our experience, quality, and reliability to meet their requirements. One such manufacturer, Karma Automotive, is a client that has trusted us with multiple phases of their manufacturing operation expansion. Here is one example of the customization process through Base Construction.

Karma Automotive, a rapidly growing manufacturer of electric hybrid vehicles, was looking for space to expand their operations. Expansion plans included a state-of-the-art production facility to be built inside of an existing warehouse. Approximately 3,000 cars are to be produced annually at the updated facility.

The original production line was shipped from Finland, to be reassembled in the plant. To customize the structure, we developed a complex structural design to hold two assembly line tools for the car’s body and framework. Our engineers determined exact gravity calculations so that the heavy materials and structural components would balance correctly and safely as the pieces move through the production line.

The key to success when dealing with this kind of challenge is to work with our clients from inception of the project through completion. By starting at the design phase, our team goes through all possible problems and offers workable solutions. Many projects like this include customizing existing lines to meet specific goals. Our ultimate goal for each client and project is to supply and install equipment that speeds up assembly lines and improves manufacturing.

All of our skills, such as designing and installing piping systems, mechanical equipment setting, and fabrication and installation of structural steel, translate into customized projects with fast turnaround times and dependable results.

Want to stay connected to Base? You can find out more about us through our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and upcoming blogs.

 

 

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.

The Importance of Equipment Guarding for Safety

Safety is something that we don’t take lightly. We’ve addressed the issues of industry safety in previous blogs and set very high safety standards within our own company. At Base, our employees are trained to comply with mandated safety programs and regulations. We are also instrumental in assisting clients with performing and implementing safety programs.

As California’s industrial business is booming, it is essential that these businesses make safety a priority. Manufacturing requires use of machinery and equipment that can cause serious injury if not operated properly. All industrial equipment benefits from the use of machine guards to protect workers.

OSHA reports that there are approximately 18,000 worker accidents a year and 800 deaths due to unguarded or inadequately guarded machinery. Machines such as mills, grinders, drills, saws, and bending equipment all need safety guarding to prevent amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, or accidental death.

Machine guarding can be a challenge for manufacturers. The goal is to protect workers without compromising productivity. OSHA and ANSI both provide requirements for machine guarding. While these publications are inclusive, it is often difficult for manufacturers to implement an effective solution. Here at Base, we are well-versed with the regulations regarding machine guarding and can assist manufacturers with the implementation of a simple and cost effect approach.

Machine guarding is available in two forms: fixed or moveable. After performing a formal risk assessment, it can be determined which type is best for each tool. Fixed guards are suitable for tools where the operator never or infrequently requires access to the hazard zone. A fixed guard provides comprehensive protection through a barrier that isolates workers from potential danger. It also prevents workers from circumventing the guard to reach the hazard zone. When designed and installed properly fixed guards are very effective and cost efficient.

In applications where access to the hazard zone is moderate or occasionally frequent, moveable guards may be the best choice. There are two types of moveable guards—type A encloses the hazards zone throughout the whole machine cycle and type B that encloses the hazard zone only when the hazardous portion of the cycle is running.

In addition to barrier guarding, there are also systems such as light curtains for perimeter guarding, restraints to prevent reaching into a dangerous area, safety blocks for die changeovers, and pressure sensitive mats that prevent the machine from operating if there is weight on the mat. We work closely with several machine guarding system manufacturers to keep our manufacturing operations safe.

With all these various options for machine guarding, it is easy to find one that will work in any manufacturing environment. Let the experts at Base bring safety to your operation.