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PHCC Future President Elect

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I was raised in various towns in Southwest Ohio growing up with the best parents I could have asked for. Growing up I was blessed to be educated in trades work as well as lucky enough to spend time in Mexico as a foreign exchange student. I learned a lot about the value of the freedom we are fortunate enough to have in the United States. I currently reside in Kettering, Ohio with my wife Cheryl. We will be married 25 years in October of 2021. I have an amazing hard-working stepdaughter, Sydney, and her husband David to spend time with. On the weekends I enjoy hunting & applying at least 6 coats of wax on my Jeep Wrangler. My wife and I also enjoy the beaches and spending time on cruises.

Lucky for me I was fortunate to start at a very young age receiving hands-on training.  I started in the trade field at the age of 10 in my father’s commercial refrigeration company. I started out aggravating the technicians and hanging out in the service trucks. I spent every one of my days off school learning from valuable people who taught me the value of customer service. The rewarding feeling to fix something that was a burden to others was motivating for me.  Overall, I have gained 42 years of experience. I received instructional training from many co-workers and manufacturers during my time in the refrigeration field. Scotsman Ice System offered me the position of factory trainer where I was able to travel to service companies and provide their employees with the Manufacturer’s Technical Service Information. Throughout my time of gaining experience, I have attended multiple sales training and personal growth development courses such as Dale Carnegie, Sandler Sales Training, Ed Foreman Successful Life Courses, and Zig Ziglar Courses.

When it comes to picking a career in trades…my first bit of advice is to pick a career that gets you up in the morning. I never have the “Monday Blues” meaning most people dread Sundays because they know Monday morning is right around the corner. In the trades, you will be doing meaningful tasks that affect those around you. Their comfort levels predict the start of their day – will it be a good day? a bad day? In the trade field, the goal is to have any customers or clients have a great day. Sometimes it might take a little extra work to get them to that point but that is all part of the reward. The best part of my career is each day is different. We are faced with different tasks and issues; our job is to resolve them. Every day ends with those who were affected by the issue gaining their comfort back. Providing resolutions that create a satisfied customer is the goal.

MSD, Inc has founded over 35 years ago and continues to be a family-owned business built on a reputation of quality work, service, and integrity. Our focus is to work as a committed partner from conceptual design through project completion and beyond. We value the opportunity to work as a committed partner and take pride in assuring our client’s expectations are met and or exceeded on a consistent basis. Our values and commitment drive me each day to make sure we are always providing the best to our clients.

As Strategic Account Manager, I focus on strengthening and building relationships with our clients. My goal is to ensure quality and value are always delivered. Our team has created a client-centric model. Our Client-Centric Model is based on Securing, Maintaining, Supporting, and Retaining Client Relationships through active listening, communicating, and delivering on promises. We provide phenomenal service with a ‘Live it, Breathe it’ mindset, exceeding client expectations.

Being a PHCC/AACO Ohio member means the world to me. I had not involved myself in organizations prior to this one but have found there are other members who have the same commitment to quality and value in the solutions they provide much like myself. Although I am not a business owner, these folks are not only dedicated to their customers but also to their employees and families affected by their daily business decisions. As president-elect of PHCC there is one perpetual thing I would like to see achieved during my tenure: keeping the integrity of the organizations and the trade. I want to be an advocate for licensed contractors so the consumer can trust the work being provided.

 

-Joe Shank

 

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Are Dust Masks Considered Respirators?

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December 1, 2013 – One question I always ask trainees when discussing personal protective equipment (PPE) during OSHA 10 hour training classes is whether or not OSHA considers a dust mask to be a respirator. It has been my experience that the vast majority of students in most classes answer “no, it is not”. But the simple answer to that question is “YES, dust masks are considered respirators per the OSHA respiratory protection standard”. However, the steps you must take to comply with that standard can vary greatly, depending on whether the employee’s use of the dust mask is voluntary or mandatory.

 

Let’s begin by looking at the definitions section of the OSHA respiratory protection standard (1910.134, paragraph b). The first thing you should note is that OSHA has provided definitions for a variety of specific types of respirators, such as “Atmosphere-supplying respirator”, “Demand respirator”, and “Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)”. But I want to draw your attention to the definition for the term “Filtering facepiece”; there you will note the definition includes “dust mask” in parentheses, and then goes on to say it means “a negative pressure particulate respirator with a filter as an integral part of the facepiece or with the entire facepiece composed of the filtering medium.”  So that definition alone should clarify for everyone that a dust mask IS considered by OSHA to be a respirator. But if you are still in denial, read this OSHA letter of interpretation about the use of dust masks.

What this means is that all applicable rules in the OSHA respiratory protection standard that apply to the use of respirators would apply to dust masks; with “applicable” being the operative term here. For instance, if a worker must wear a dust mask because he or she is exposed to nuisance dust at a concentration that exceeds the OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL), or even if the employer decides to make the use of a dust mask mandatory for a certain task, then all elements of the respiratory protection standard must be implemented, per paragraph 1910.134(c)(1). That includes, but is not limited to, the development of a written respiratory protection program with site-specific procedures, a medical evaluation and written clearance for that worker to wear the dust mask, an initial fit test of the dust mask to the user (yes, you can fit test a dust mask), which must be repeated annually, and initial respiratory protection training for users which must also be repeated annually. By the way, if you did not know there were PEL’s for dust exposure, refer to Table Z-3 in 1910.1000 and locate “Inert or Nuisance Dust”.

But what if the use of a dust mask is a voluntary act on the employee’s part, as opposed to a requirement of the employer?  If that is the case, then we refer to paragraph 1910.134(c)(2). First of all, subparagraph (2)(i) states that “an employer may provide respirators at the request of employees or permit employees to use their own respirators, if the employer determines that such respirator use will not in itself create a hazard.” That section then goes on to state that “if the employer determines that any voluntary respirator use is permissible, the employer shall provide the respirator users with the information contained in Appendix to this section (“Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard”).  That means we must ensure that any respirator use will not in itself create a hazard (by ensuring that masks are not used if dirty or contaminated, and that their use does not interfere with the employee’s ability to work safely), plus we must provide the information in Appendix D to any worker who uses any type of respirator, including dust masks, on a voluntary basis.

The standard goes on to further require in subparagraph (c)(ii) that “In addition, the employer must establish and implement those elements of a written respiratory protection program necessary to ensure that any employee using a respirator voluntarily is medically able to use that respirator, and that the respirator is cleaned, stored, and maintained so that its use does not present a health hazard to the user”.  So according to that part, we must still implement a written respiratory protection program (albeit an abbreviated version as compared to a full program), and must also have the respirator user receive a medical evaluation and get written clearance to wear the respirator voluntarily, and then we must train the user in applicable cleaning, maintenance, and storage procedures.

 

However, the standard continues with the following footnote; “Exception: Employers are not required to include in a written respiratory protection program those employees whose only use of respirators involves the voluntary use of filtering facepieces (dust masks)”.  Unfortunately, I find that many employers (and employees) see this exception and mistakenly surmise that dust masks are not covered at all by OSHA.  If you read this excerpt carefully, you will see that it does excuse the employer from having to develop a written respiratory protection program if the only voluntary use of respirators by their workers is dust masks. This footnote also excuses the employer from having to get a medical clearance for the worker using a dust mask voluntarily, as well as the training requirements spelled out in subparagraph (2)(ii). BUT, this exception does NOT excuse the employer from the requirement that they present the voluntary user of a dust mask with the information in Appendix D of the OSHA respiratory protection standard.

So, to recap; the use of any type of respirator, including a dust mask, that is mandatory because of employer requirements or because of worker exposure to a respiratory hazard exceeds OSHA PEL’s would require the employer to implement all of the elements of a full respiratory protection program. However, if the use of a respirator is voluntary, the actions of the employer will depend on whether the respirator is a dust mask or some other type of respirator. If the respirator is not a dust mask type, the employer must present the voluntary user with the information appearing in Appendix D of the OSHA respirator standard. They must also implement an abbreviated written program, have the employee receive medical clearance to wear the respirator, and give training to that worker on cleaning, maintenance, and storage of their device. But if the voluntary use of the respirator is restricted to a dust mask, then the only requirement is to present the worker with the information in Appendix D.

By the way, it is important to note that even though the 1910.134 OSHA respiratory protection standard being discussed in this blog is a general industry standard, it also applies to all other work environments covered by OSHA (construction, maritime, and agricultural).

I’ve always said that when it comes to understanding OSHA regulations, the devil is in the details. And that is why it is so important to read the definition section of OSHA standards (see related blog post). Otherwise, you might fall into that group of people who do not know the correct answer to the simple question; “Are dust masks considered respirators?” But more importantly, you would miss the details that spell out which step(s) you must implement to be in compliance with applicable portions of the OSHA respiratory protection standard that are related to voluntary respirator use.

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Author:  Curtis Chambers, MS-OSH, CSP

2020

  • 301 citations
  • $3,930,381 fines issued
  • Citation trends:
    • 134 (c)(1) – Written Respiratory Program
    • 134 (e)(1) – Medical Evaluations
    • 4 (a) – Recordkeeping
    • 134 (f)(2) – Fit Testing
    • 134 (a)(2) – Providing Respirators

In 2020 OSHA issued nearly $4,000,000 in citations related to Covid-19. Most of which related to respiratory programs or the lack there of. You must be careful as to what your employees are wearing as face coverings. If what they are wearing falls under the OSHA definition of a respirator, you must follow respiratory standard. In some instances, even a simple dust mask can fall into this category as stated in the article above.

Good luck and stay safe!!

 

MSD Organizational Modifications

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As we proceed forward into 2021, we would like to communicate the most recent organizational structure changes that represent the direction and ongoing journey to better support our Team Members, Clients, and Communities.

We have created a Business Development Team that will be led by Nick Davis as VP of Business Development. This group consists of Business Development, Estimation, Engineering, Marketing, and Sales. This team is responsible for branding the MSD name and delivering the opportunities to our Operation Groups.

The other modification to our organization is we have combined all operation groups into one team that will be led by Brad Bradley as VP of Operations. This overall group will consist of Building Automation & Controls, Construction, MFOP (Manufacturing, Fabrication Operations), Service, and Special Projects. This team is responsible for executing the opportunities that the Business Development group delivers.

We are excited to see these teams perform and grow as we approach 2021 and the years to come.

Johnny Stewart

The High Cost of Deferred Maintenance

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Did you know that every dollar of deferred maintenance will cost an average of $4 dollars of capital renewal needs at your Facility??? Team MSD is committed to keeping your building infrastructure operating at its peak performance levels. We value our client partnerships and look forward to protecting your buildings long term needs. Contact TEAM MSD today for your Custom Service Maintenance Plan!

 

Source: Grace Ellis

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BLS: Workplace fatalities at highest level in 12 years.

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A total of 5,333 workers died as a result of on-the-job injuries in 2019 – a 1.6% increase from 2018 and the highest number of fatalities since 5,657 were recorded in 2007, according to Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data released Dec. 16 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Additionally, the data shows that the overall rate of fatal workplace injuries was unchanged, remaining at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers for the third successive year. Key statistics in the report include:• 1 out of 5 workplace fatalities in 2019 were Hispanic or Latino workers. The 1,088 deaths among this group marks a 13.2% jump from the previous year and the most since the census began in 1992.
• Transportation-related fatalities rose 2% to 2,122 while accounting for 39.8% of all fatal work-related injuries.
• Slips, trips and falls resulted in 880 deaths – an 11.3% increase from the previous year.
• Workers in construction and extraction occupations experienced 1,066 fatal injuries – a 6.3% increase from 2019 and the highest total since 2007.
• Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers experienced 1,055 fatal injuries, the most since 2003.
• Deaths related to unintentional overdoses from nonmedical drug or alcohol use while at work climbed slightly to 313, marking the seventh straight annual increase in this category.
“Fatalities should never be the cost of doing business,” the National Safety Council said in a statement. “Employers need a systematic approach to safety that includes having policies, training and risk assessment techniques in place to address major causes of fatalities and injuries. Leadership needs to set the tone from the top and engage all workers in safety, identify hazards and measure safety performance using leading indicators to continuously improve.”

“With many safety advancements being readily available to employers nationwide, it’s troubling that we’re continuing to see higher numbers of worker fatalities,” said ASSP President Deborah Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN. “Most occupational incidents are preventable given today’s technologies and proven safety and health strategies.”
The data release is the second of two annual BLS reports. The first, released Nov. 4, explored nonfatal injuries and illnesses among private-sector employees

Source: BLS (Bureau of Labor and Statistics) website      https://www.bls.gov/

ASHRAE GUIDANCE

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GUIDANCE FOR RE-OPENING BUILDINGS ASHRAE  https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/resources is a global professional society of over 55,000 members committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields. ASHRAE has established a Task Force to help deploy technical resources to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and possible future epidemics as it relates to the effects of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems on disease transmission. Guidance and building readiness information for different operational conditions have been developed for several building types, including commercial; residential; schools and universities; and healthcare facilities, as well as general guidance for re-opening buildings. ASHRAE’s reopening guidance provides practical information to help your HVAC system mitigate the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Some general recommendations are provided below. Please consult the full guidance for important details and consider reaching out to qualified design professionals for additional analysis as needed.

 

  • Systems Evaluation: Inspect equipment, systems, and controls to check for existing issues. Evaluate outdoor air ventilation for compliance with design requirements. Make note of existing filters’ MERV rating. Analyze each HVAC system for appropriate engineering controls to improve its potential to reduce virus transmission. Check calibration per the guidance in ASHRAE Guideline 11-2018, Field Testing of HVAC Control Components.
  • Inspection and Maintenance: Verify HVAC systems function per design intent using ASHRAE Standard 180- 2018, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems, or equivalent. Ensure that energy recovery devices can be operated safely.
  • Ventilation and Filtration: Confirm systems provide required minimum amounts of outdoor air for ventilation and that the filters are MERV 13 or better filters for recirculated air. Combine the effects of outdoor air, filtration, and air cleaners to exceed combined requirements of minimum ventilation and MERV-13 filters.
  • Building Readiness Plan: Create a plan to document the intended operation for the building, highlighting the mitigation strategies, temporary and permanent, to be implemented for the facility. o Non-HVAC Strategies: Note if face masks are required or recommended; implement social distancing, establish occupancy levels, and establish cleaning and handwashing requirements. o HVAC Strategies: Increased ventilation, improved filtration, and/or air cleaning technologies.
  • Pre- or Post-Occupancy Flush with Outdoor Air: Focus on removing bio-burden pre-or post-occupancy of the building. Flush building for a time required to achieve three air changes of outdoor air (or equivalent, including effect of outdoor air, particulate filtration, and air cleaners).
  • Modes of Operation for the Building: Operate in Occupied Mode when people are present in the building, including times when the building is occupied by a small fraction of its allowable capacity.
  • Water Systems: In general, building water systems should be flushed before they are reopened. Refer to EPA Guidance on this topic here and ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, and Guideline 12-2020, Managing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems.
  • Energy Savings: During Evaluation and Inspection, determine optimized control strategies that can be implemented per ASHRAE Guideline 36-2018, High-Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems. HVAC&R systems play an important role in minimizing the spread of harmful pathogens, and ASHRAE is ready to provide technical resources and answer questions.

 

The most up-to-date ASHRAE COVID-19 guidance can be found https://www.ashrae.org/file%20library/technical%20resources/covid-19/guidance-for-re-opening-buildings.pdf

 

2020 Service Awards

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Congratulations to all of our employees who hit big milestones this year. We are so proud to have you as part of our team. We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you. Thanks to everyone who has supported us.

 

VDC in 2020

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2020 was an exciting and challenging year for the VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) team at MSD, Inc. Schedules became complicated as one of our main coordinating jobs shut down and others saw delays and scheduling changes. On top of that, due to the pandemic, we moved our team from the office to a virtual setup with team members setting up offices and working from home. But, in spite of the many challenges, 2020 was one of the best years ever for the VDC team. Three new exceptional members were added to the team: A VDC/Engineering intern, a VDC Designer and a VDC Engineer. All three brought with them great skill sets and potential and have already made a positive impact upon the department. Also, in 2020, the department took on their biggest coordinating project in the history of MSD, the new campus at Miami Valley Career Technology Center. Starting a month before the change to a virtual work setting, the team has responded to every challenge that the project has dealt them. The coordination process started after the project construction was well underway, but the team responded with professionalism and determination and currently are well ahead of the construction schedule.

Now with a VDC team of seven experienced and skilled individuals, the team will be looking to 2021 with high expectations. The team will be tackling several large initiatives that will revolutionize the department and have a positive impact on MSD as a whole. The costly SysQue Revit add-on will be phased out as the team transitions to using Revit fabrication parts along with an MSD specific database that the team will be creating. A new Quality Control (QC) process will be implemented in the department to help provide even more accurate drawings and information to the prefabrication department and the field installation crews. An intradepartmental training program was kicked off in 2020 using ProductivityNOW which will continue in 2021. A new venture in the coming year is the VDC Department being marketed as a standalone resource for other contractors, engineers, and consultants. The VDC department will be marketing its capabilities in 3D model evaluation, creation, and coordination. Also, 2D drawing creation, 3D laser scanning, along with HVAC and plumbing design services.

The VDC department has seen many great improvements over the last year but continues to strive to improve and excel in all possible area. With the great team that has been assembled, the sky truly is the limit for this very essential department at MSD.

Chris Gimpel

88th Med

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MSD Inc. entered into an agreement with Perini Management Services for the HVAC and Plumbing work on a renovation project at the WPAFB Hospital, Building 88, which had a total contracted value of over $6 million dollars.

The HVAC work that MSD completed includes the following:
• Demo and Reinstall (1) Indoor Air Handling unit along with all new Ductwork
• Renovate (3) separate areas inside the existing Hospital
• Demo and reinstall (3) chillers in the Central Energy Plant, and all the existing piping.

Most of the time we hear people say that our children are the ones that cause our hair to turn grey. However, looking back over the past couple of years, I would have to say that this project has given me a couple of grey hairs as well! We originally teamed up with a Construction Manager out of Missouri, who had organized and brought together the Architect, Engineer and all the other trades. We spent hours working through the design and were finally to the point where we could move forward on the project. We had been given a contract in January of 2018 and we had been directed to order the first chiller,which cost over $250,000. The plan was that we would start work in April of that year so that we get the first chiller installed and running before we got into the hot summer months. All the paperwork was in place and we pulled the trigger on the chiller expecting delivery in early May.

On March 16th we received an email from the Construction Manager saying that the Missouri company was “indefinitely closed for business”. Their doors were closed. They were out of business. No heads up, no warning, just an email informing us that they were done. Here we sat with a very expensive chiller on order and the contractor who held our contract just went out of business. There were a lot of phone calls and emails that went out that same day to our subs and our vendors. Here we were thinking that we had over 16,000 man-hours getting ready to start in April and suddenly all of that came to a screeching halt. All kinds of questions began to surface. Could the chiller shipment be canceled or were we going to be the owners of a 1500-ton chiller? What are we going to do to keep our crew busy? Is the project dead or is there anyway that it can move forward?

There were a couple of weeks of uncertainty on what truly was going to happen. We were able to get the chiller canceled but everyone was just discouraged. All the upfront work that had been done seemed to be slowing going down the drain as a lost cause. Then a spark of hope came to the project in early April as the bonding agent reached out to us wanting us to work with Perini Management Services to help move this project forward. Negotiations started back up and more paperwork and finally a new contract was in place allowing things to start moving forward again.

However due to the delay and the fact that most of our work was in the main chiller plant, our work had to be postponed until after the hot summer months. Even though things were moving forward, it had a huge impact our sales and our workload over those months.

I had been somewhat involved in the project up to this point, but I had not been the lead contact on the project. Now that we had a green light on everything again this project landed fully in my lap. I can remember sitting there in my office looking over the prints and it didn’t seem too bad. Replace three chillers along with the cooling towers outside and (six) pumps. Not that big of deal, right? Wrong. As I sat there and studied everything there was something that I kept rolling over in my mind as I thought about the scope of the project. Per the project scope we had to replace all the piping that was attached to the chillers and reconnect them into one common header. This work all had to be done while the system stayed up and running, maintaining chilled water to the hospital.

Now we knew that we needed to install a new 18” steel pipe header that all of the new chillers would tie into. This header, which weighed 155 lbs/ft, had to be installed next to the existing line so that we could maintain the old system while we worked on the new one. This was not just a matter of raising this pipe up off the floor with chain falls to secure it into new hangers, no, this was more like trying to jockey this pipe into position around existing conduit and other piping lines that had to remain intact until the new system was up and running. Due to the weight of this new piping and the fact that very little of the existing system could be demolished, shoring had to be added to make sure that we did not put too much-added load on the building structure. So, the issue that we had in front of us that somehow this new 18” steel pipe that was going to be installed right beside the existing 18” pipe somehow had to be tied into the existing pipe. Where we needed to do this would require us to cut off the old 18” line and demo it out of the way and then connect our new 18” line in its place. This is 18” welded pipe. Nothing gets installed fast. This existing pipe that we needed to cut is moving up to 6000 gallons of water a minute and it needs to stay operational to keep cooling on to the hospital. With everything that we had done in the past, our options seemed very limited. Everything that we knew said that there needed to be a shutdown of the plant so that we could make this tie-in. Could this be done at night? Would the hospital allow us to shut them down fora 12-hour period of time? As we began to pursue this option, we found a major problem, there were no existing shutoff valves on these 18” lines as they leave the plant and head over to the hospital. If we drain the water out of the plant, we would also be draining the entire hospital. That was NOT an option!! We were then given a lead on a company in Cincinnati that might be able to help us. We made contact and met one of their reps on site to look at our situation and what we were needing to do. As we talked through things a solution started to come to light. It was going to require us to order some special split tees that would fit around the outside of the existing 18” line and be welded into place. We would then ship in a special hot tap drill from Texas and have their crew come in and cut a hole into the side of the 18” line with the water still flowing past. We would then use this 12” hot tap port as a temporary way to tie our new line into this existing header. This would allow us to run off the new header with the first new chiller that we installed, but at the same time have the old system still in place to back it up if our new equipment failed.

We liked the plan and decided to move forward with it even though it seemed very expensive and something we had never done before on this magnitude. This allowed us to continue switching out the other two chillers, one at a time and piping them into the new header. We finally got to the day when we had all the chillers connected to the new header and it was now time for us to connect the new header as the main line and eliminate the old header. This was the most nerve-wracking portion of this plan. It was going to require us to make another 12” hot tap into the same 18” pipe just a few feet upstream of where our temporary line was installed. Once the hot tap was complete, they would install what they called a line stop. Just picture a heavy-duty bag getting inflated on the inside of the 18” pipe, and that bag was going to the only thing in place that was going to hold back thousands of gallons of water. Sometimes our mind can go to the ‘what ifs’ in life. What if that bag failed while that 18” pipe was completely cut off and all that water rushed out of that open pipe right into the Central Energy Plant where all the Electric, Heat and Cooling for the Hospital are fed. We just couldn’t let our minds think about that.

I remember how I felt that morning at the office not really wanting to be out there watching, but having my mind constantly wanting to know what was going on. So much that I finally had to get in the truck and head out for a little bit just to watch. When I got there the bag was already inserted and our crew just finishing up cutting through the pipe just a few feet away from this inflated bag holding back all that water. I remember seeing the guy up in the lift look into the open end of the pipe, completely cut off, and being able to see that bag just a few feet away. That was a nerve-wracking day for everyone. After watching for a while, I decided it was more stressful to be there just watching. I had to leave and go try to busy myself with something else. I remember the call that simply said “We’re done. The valve is in place
and the hot tap team is leaving”.

A situation that at first looked impossible to me had been solved. The entire chilled water plant had been re-piped and tied back into the existing system without ever taking the hospital offline.

Mark Denlinger
Senior Project Manager

Fabrication Shop

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MSD manufacturing and fabrication shop offers a wide variety of services from manufacturing ready to assemble sheet metal duct work to complete mechanical skid packages.

 

Quality is our top priority at MSD.  With superior continuous training we are positioned to provide a top-quality product in a timely manner.  At MSD our Fabrication/Manufacturing department is committed to safely delivering top quality products that enhance your project schedules while reducing your overall installation efforts.

 

The Benefits to Manufacturing/Fabrication

*Reduced Labor Time

*Higher Production

*Enhances Schedule

*Improved Safety

*Less Material Waste

*Immeasurable Quality

*Reduced Crew Size

*Reduced Installation Time