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Safety Basics: Fire Exits & Egress

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Safety Basics: Fire Exits & Egress

In 1911, 146 workers were killed within 18 minutes at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City after a fire broke out and they were unable to escape due to locked exit doors. As you can imagine, this tragedy helped pave the way for improved safety codes and other regulations across the country.

MSD’s written emergency action plan (EAP) is reviewed during orientation and with employees who have transferred into a new role. It is also available for review on the employee portal. For a fire emergency, the plan covers evacuation procedures, accounting for evacuated employees, aiding employees with disabilities and visitors, emergency contact numbers, and the means of alerting employees in case of an evacuation.

Fire Exit & Egress Information to Know:

  • Maintain two means of egress.
  • Exit doors shall be side hinged and open outward.
  • Exit doors must be unlocked – employees must be able to open an exit route door from the inside at all times without keys, tools, or special knowledge.
  • Never block fire exits, exit routes, or stairwells.
  • Keep means of egress free of all obstructions and impediments.
  • Ensure exits are marked by a readily visible sign.

Whether you are at work, visiting a restaurant, or attending an event be sure to review exit route maps or scan for exit signs so you are prepared to evacuate in case of an emergency.

Safety Always!

Vicki Dix

The Food Bank – Dayton

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MSD entered a partnership with the Dayton Foodbank in April 2021to aid in the construction of a new aquaponic greenhouse to grow leafy greens during the winter months. This was the next step of their on-going urban farm expansion.

Services Preformed:

  • Ran water line to new greenhouse.
  • Installed Backflow & pressure reducing valve for water line in headhouse/mech room
  • Provided gas pipe greenhouse
  • Provided and installed first and second stage heaters
  • Provided exhaust venting
  • Provided and installed single wall exhaust flue
  • Provided air intakes for heaters
  • Provided and installed exhaust fan
  • Provided and installed a control damper
  • Provided and installed fixed louver with bird screen

When I first heard about the project, I was excited for the opportunity to partner with a great local organization, the Dayton Foodbank, on this project that the surrounding community needed. We knew that we needed to find a way to help keep costs as low as possible while making sure we were able to get the new greenhouse operational as quickly as possible, without sacrificing quality, in order to help the Dayton Foodbank focus their resources where it is needed, on helping the community.

Doesn’t sound too hard…Right? This was not such an easy task as the material lead-times and cost were escalating on the heels of the COVID pandemic. Our first concern was getting the material for the 300’ of underground gas piping and getting the heaters (which had months of leadtime) in our possession and installed before the winter months set in. So, we got to work. MSD partnered up with some of our vendors who put their best foot forward, and they were able to not only help expedite getting material, but they also went above and beyond to help with providing us with cost savings that we were able to
pass along to the client.

Due to this support and hard work, we were able to finish ahead of schedule to allow enough time for the client to install their 800 aquaponic grow channels and get the aquaponic system up and running before the winter months came. With this greenhouse complete the client can produce 100,000 heads of lettuce year-round to help Dayton and the surrounding communities combat food shortages. MSD is grateful to be a part of such a unique project in its hometown community and making strides to help end hunger.

Lettuce beet hunger together!

John Hess
Project Manager

For Safety’s Sake – What am I?

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I am extremely dangerous when mishandled. I have enough energy, when released, sufficient to propel myself three-quarters of a mile in height. I have the potential to become a rocket attaining a speed of over 30 miles per hour in a fraction of second. What am I?

I am a compressed gas cylinder.

Compressed gases can be toxic, flammable, corrosive, explosive, or inert. Toxic gases can result in a poisonous atmosphere, flammable and reactive gases can result in fires and explosions, and inert gases can quickly displace oxygen causing asphyxiation. If a cylinder falls or is knocked over, it can easily crush feet and cause property damage. If a neck of a pressurized cylinder should be broken off, the energy released would be sufficient to propel the cylinder to over three-quarters of a mile in height. A standard 250 cubic foot cylinder pressurized to 2,500 PSIG can launch like a rocket reaching a speed of over 30 miles per hour in a fraction of a second after venting from the broken cylinder connection.

It is important to understand the gas you are working with, how to safely handle, and store compressed gas cylinders – here are some of the general rules:

Identify the contents of the cylinder by reading its label, reviewing the corresponding safety data sheet (SDS), and protecting yourself with any necessary personal protective equipment (PPE). Visually inspect cylinders for leaks, bulging, defective valves, evidence of physical abuse, fire or heat damage, pitting, rusting or corrosion before each use. Remove damaged cylinders from use.

When moving a gas cylinder, keep it in an upright position, ask for help or use a cylinder cart. Never move or lift a cylinder by its protective valve cap. Never drop, roll, roughly handle or allow a cylinder to strike another violently. Remove regulators, close valves, and secure protective caps on cylinders prior to moving, unless secured on a cylinder cart.

Store cylinders upright in a well-ventilated area and properly secure to prevent tipping, falling, or rolling. Don’t store cylinders in area exposed to excessive temperature increases, physical damage, or tampering. Never store cylinders near exits, stairways, or in a means of egress. Always remove regulators and place valve protectors on gas cylinders when not in use. Separate oxygen containers from fuel-gas containers and combustible materials such as oil and grease, by a minimum distance of 20 feet, or by a  noncombustible barrier. Noncombustible barriers must be at least 5 feet high having a fire-resistance rating of at least 30 minutes. Keep storage areas free from sources of ignition, and smoking/vaping is prohibited.

Always practice compressed gas cylinder safety and leave the rocket launches to Elon Musk.

Safety Always!

Vicki Dix

2022 ABC Awards

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MSD, Inc brought home an Award of Excellence for the Wayne Hospital HVAC & Piping project. Another eagle has come home to roost.

The Award for Excellence honors the skill and expertise of our employees and MSD is recognized for exceeding expectations in innovation and quality. In the photo accepting the award is Rex Pitsinger, Project Manager for Wayne Hospital, Justin Ingram, Sheet Metal Foreman for the Wayne Hospital project, and Randy Metcalf, Plumbing/Piping Superintendent.  Thank you to everyone who worked on the project.

In addition, we received an Award of Merit for the Dayton Foodbank Greenhouse project. While this was a smaller project for us, it was a big win for the Dayton area. The 6,000 sq ft building is equipped with an aquaponics system so that they may grow plants year-round. In the photo accepting the award is Ben McKay, Plumbing Foreman for the Foodbank Greenhouse project, John Hess, Project Manager for the Foodbank Greenhouse, and Randy Metcalf.

This year we nominated Ben McKay and Justin Ingram for the Craft Professional of the Year, but while they did not receive an award, MSD still recognizes the amount of effort and attention to detail that they deliver on all their projects. Thank you, Ben and Justin.

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MSMU Apprenticeship Challenge

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TEAM MSD & Waker Plumbing competed in the MSMU (Mechanical Systems Mini University) Apprenticeship Challenge on Thursday June 2, 2022. Special Shoutout to MSMU Instructors  Randy Rose and Tim Evans on conducting this  environment where Apprentices were able to compete and showcase their skill sets.

The MSMU Apprenticeship Challenge consisted of Sheet Metal and Plumbing/Piping competitions.

The Sheet Metal crews were challenged with understanding Plans and Specifications, consisting of completing a sheet metal take-off, and creating an order form. Each Apprentice received a series of questions from the Judges. In the afternoon this crew was challenged with building sets. Throughout the day the Sheet Metal Apprentices were graded on Craftmanship and Accuracy!

The Plumbing/Piping crews received Plans, Specifications, submittals and were challenged with roughing in a bathroom carrier group serving a water closet and lavatory. These crews were graded on Accuracy and Craftmanship and air tests on domestic water and sanitary systems.

Special Shoutout to MSMU Instructors  Randy Rose and Tim Evans on creating this  environment where Apprentices were able to compete and showcase their amazing skill sets! We are so proud of the efforts put forth to make this event such a success! We would also like to give a special shout out to our Judges who volunteered their time to grade this competition! We would also like to thank Ferguson Enterprises Cole Manning for donating prizes for the winning groups!


Apply HERE: for our 2022-2023 Apprenticeship Program. Don’t miss this opportunity to get paid to LEARN!

Deadline: July 22, 2022


The Importance of a Good Nights Sleep & Good Nutrition

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The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep & Good Nutrition
Even though we have been focusing on the “food” aspect during the November Nutrition Challenge last month, we need to remember to focus on another important link to good nutrition, which is healthy sleep. Good nutrition and good sleep go hand in hand!


Although we gain an extra hour of sleep with the end of daylight saving time this month, the slight shift could impact your sleep cycle for up to a week. You may wake up earlier, have trouble falling asleep or even wake up often during the night.


Adults should get seven hours or more of sleep each night, according to the CDC. However, only 2 in 3 American adults get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy, productive and low-stress lifestyle. Here are a few benefits of getting a good night’s sleep:


·     Increased productivity and work performance—Giving your body enough time to go through all the sleep stages is necessary for energy, muscle repair, improved memory, and the release and regulation of important hormones essential for everyday functions.

·     Boosted immune system—Consistent sleep strengthens your immune system, allowing for effective immune function. The immune system is critical to overall health, specifically for healing wounds, defending against infections and protecting against chronic illnesses.

·     Improved mental health—Getting enough sleep can help alleviate feelings of fatigue that may contribute to stress, depression and anxiety. Symptoms of fatigue can be drowsiness, loss of energy and mood swings.


As our clocks fall back one hour, this is a prime opportunity to fall back into good sleep habits. For more information on how to improve your sleep habits or to address sleep issues, contact your doctor today.


3 Steps to Better Sleep

• Avoid electronics before bedtime.

• Pass up caffeine after midday.

• Establish a consistent sleep routine.


Your eating habits can be crucial for quality sleep! Learn how your food choices and your meal timing can make a difference. Read this article from the National Sleep Foundation for more info and tips on “The Link Between Nutrition and Sleep”


Sharon Baber

12 Days of Safety

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12 Days of Safety
1. Never leave burning candles unattended. Try using battery-operated candles instead.

2. Do not overload electrical outlets or extension cords, and inspect cords for frays, nicks, and burns.

3. Use safe ladder practices when hanging decorations and lights.

4. If using a natural tree—water it daily.

5. Keep poisonous plants out of reach of children and pets.

6. Don’t drink and drive. Pick a designated driver.

7. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms—change batteries when needed.

8. Keep natural trees away from heat sources, such as candles, fireplaces, and space heaters.

9. Never leave cooking or baking unattended.

10. Avoid food poisoning—keep hot foods hot & cold foods cold.

11. Turn off all tree lights and decorations when unattended.

12. Use indoor/outdoor lights as indicated.


Phil Smith & Vicki Dix

MSD, Inc is thankful for…..

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We asked out team members to let us know what they were most thankful for this holiday season. Read some responses below!

I am thankful for my son and husband, they are my reason to get up daily and keep going. – Tori Sherrock

Thankful for Family, and the opportunity to work with so many amazing people, committed to exceeding our client’s expectations,  and impacting our communities in a positive manner! -Nick Davis

I am thankful for my family, my friends, and my incredible fiance. 2021 has given me so many things to be thankful for. – Carlee Kremer

Thankful for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. – Dennis Garber

I am thankful for my wife, family, and great friends, I’m thankful to live in a free country with so many opportunities that allows me to have so much in my life. – Mike Workman

I am so thankful for my sons, also known as great dannios, my beautiful girlfriend, the Christmas tree being up, and spending time with friends and family while navigating this wild thing called life! – Brian Bafford

I’m grateful to have a wonderful family, friends, co-workers, and clients. – Joe Thacker

I believe I am most thankful for my family, health and working with everyone at MSD, Inc. – Randy Rose

Metro Parks Ice Rink Opening Weekend

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Cool-weather is coming but that doesn’t mean you need to be stuck indoors. The Five Rivers MetroParks Ice rink will be open starting Friday Nov. 26th and is a great way to have fun with family & friends. Don’t worry about staying comfortable as the Warming Zone by MSD will keep you toasty while getting checked in for the days fun.

Don’t be cooped up this winter, get out and enjoy all the great adventures that our Five Rivers MetroParks has to offer.