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  1. Safety Series Part I: Safety Guard Standards

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    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.

  2. 2016: A Review

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    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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  3. The Importance of Equipment Guarding for Safety

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    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.

  4. Save the Date: June is National Safety Month

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    Whether at work or at home, on the highway or at the job site, safety is always, and should always be number one. When it comes to construction work, quality without safety is not really quality.

    That’s why we at Base Construction encourage everyone to make safety a priority, and join us in celebrating National Safety Month this June. Sponsored by the National Safety Council, National Safety Month is an annual spotlight on an array of safety-related topics, and, “focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities.”

    National Safety Month ImageEvery injury and/or fatality is one too many when it comes to the construction industry. Tragically, according to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), out of the 3,929 worker fatalities in 2013, 796 were in construction. That equates to one in five worker deaths. Falls were the leading cause of death, equaling almost 37% of all construction fatalities.

    We must all do our part to eliminate these tragedies and keep workers safe. This means educating workers and management about safety, and spreading the message of National Safety Month, while continuing its efforts throughout the year.

    At Base Construction, we take this extremely seriously. We believe Base Construction Worker Imagethat a job is only done well if it is done safely, and as a result, we have an unmatched safety record. In fact, we have developed a comprehensive Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) that includes weekly and monthly meetings for all employees, and we are constantly updating all of our safety procedures. Additionally, we perform required daily safety meetings on all shut-downs and long shift projects, and we make safe working practices our top priority.

    Following all OSHA and CAL-OSHA guidelines, in addition to many supplemental practices, including incentives for safe practices, we have an unwavering commitment to providing our workers with the safest environment possible. We also offer our customers assistance in Process Safety Management (PSM) and Job Safety Assessment (JSA) programs, helping them bring our commitment to safety to their workplaces. In short, safety is part of everything we do.

    This June, take the time to make all aspects of your life safer for everyone, and then keep the focus going every month thereafter. The benefits are immeasurable, and the rewards are infinite.