Three Tips to Prevent Heat Stress and Heat-induced Illnesses on a Jobsite

Safety First, Always First.

With summer upon us and temperatures rising, it is important to understand the risk factors of heat stress and take precautions to avoid it and other heat-induced illnesses.

Heat stress generally occurs when spending long periods of time outside in excessive heat, and symptoms typically include physical exhaustion, cramping, rashes and dehydration. In the most severe cases, heat stroke may occur, which can result in confusion, irrational behavior, loss of consciousness and even death.

“Heat stress is certainly something we take seriously,” says Jamie Absher, Safety Specialist at TP Mechanical. “Our employees are outside on jobsites daily during the warmer months, and their health and safety is our foremost priority.”

There are a variety of factors that put anyone at a higher risk of experiencing heat stress, including:

  • High temperatures and humidity
  • Direct sun exposure
  • Not drinking enough fluids (dehydration)
  • Physical exertion
  • Limited air movement
  • Bulky or heavy personal protective equipment or clothing
  • Radiant heat sources (vehicle and equipment engines, hot manufacturing processes, etc.)
  • Certain medications (e.g., diuretics, antihypertensives and anticholinergics)
  • Physical conditioning and health conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, influenza, etc.)
  • Lack of recent heat exposure (not acclimatized)
  • Age of 65 or higher

To mitigate the above risk factors and prevent heat stress, here are three strategies to employ on your jobsite:

  1. Implement a heat safety plan. It is important to train workers on the risk factors, symptoms and health effects of heat stress, as well has how to respond to a heat illness incident. Establishing someone as a heat safety leader on the jobsite to manage the heat safety plan and monitor workers is another way to be proactive. When possible, it is also beneficial to utilize modified work schedules to schedule more physically demanding and non-essential outdoor work during cooler times of the day.
  2. Stay hydrated. NIOSH recommends that for moderate activity in moderate conditions, each worker should drink one cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes. Keep fluids – especially water – readily available to workers on the jobsite. Employers should also consider providing urine color charts near toilet facilities so workers can monitor their hydration level throughout the day.
  3. Keep cool. Our bodies naturally produce heat, even during rest, so being sure to cool off during physical exertion is key to avoiding heat stress. Regular breaks should be taken in air conditioned or shaded, breezy areas. Avoiding non-essential bulky or heavy clothing and equipment can also reduce the risk for heat stress, and employers should consider providing cold packs or cooling vests to workers on particularly hot days.

To learn more about our commitment to workplace health and safety, visit http://www.tpmechanical.com/about-tp/safety/.

Join Our Team: Apply for the TP Mechanical Apprenticeship Program!

We will be accepting applications for our next class of apprentices Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 15 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

We will be accepting applications for the following programs at these locations:

  • Plumbing | Pipefitting – Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lexington
  • Fire protection – Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton
  • Sheet metal – Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton

We invite you to stop by the appropriate office location for the trade program you are interested in to complete the application process and schedule your interview. Bring a copy of your high school diploma, GED or a letter from school with an anticipated graduation date, and you will take a math test during the application process.

All our apprenticeship programs are free and consist of a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning over the course of four years. We also offer a wide variety of classes outside the core required apprenticeship classes to help you broaden your skills and challenge yourself.

Additionally, all of our apprentices earn 20 to 25 credit hours towards an associate degree at Columbus State over the course of the four-year program. To earn your associate degree, you will need to take an additional 10 general education classes at Columbus State, or have your credits transferred to a school closer to you to complete your degree program.

“Over the years I have had the pleasure of not only watching the apprenticeship program evolve, but have been lucky enough to have been involved in the program as an instructor,” said Tony Marple, Plumbing Services Manager in Columbus.

Quality instructors, on-the-job training and teamwork – that’s the difference between our industry-leading apprenticeship program and other options. When you become a part of the TP Mechanical family, we invest in your future.

Our goal is that you will be a vital asset to the company at the end of the four-year program. We want you to continue down a path of learning and experience to become a leader at TP Mechanical.

To learn more about our apprenticeship program, visit http://www.tpmechanical.com/apprenticeship-program-detail/, or contact Jen Madden at 513-851-8881.

People Behind TP Mechanical Introduces Dan Holland

Dan began his career with TP Mechanical in June of 1998 as a laborer and then enrolled in the apprenticeship program. He then moved on to a lead plumber on multiple job sites before becoming a superintendent in 2002. He showed an interest in the growing demand for fabrication and moved into that department, and in 2009, he became Fabrication Leader.

Dan is responsible for overseeing the workload and employees in our fabrication facility. He coordinates product ordering and scheduling logistics between our fabrication facility, distribution centers and project jobsites.

Dan also serves as a liaison between the multiple departments at TP Mechanical, as fabrication plays a critical role in the vast majority of our work. He works closely with each department to offer innovative solutions for project schedules and scopes. Dan often works with the CAD department to offer knowledge and experience towards value engineering of mechanical installations.

Dan feels the work TP accomplishes in the fabrication facility affords the company the ability to fast track project schedules with the goal of saving the end users money.

“Being creative and using outside-the-box thinking turns into an enhanced schedule opportunity for our customers,” Dan stated. “Our primary goal is to make sure we understand the end users’ needs, looking at the best possible solutions to deliver innovative value engineering without adding extra cost.”

Dan believes this different mentality of approaching project schedules with the end user in mind, combined with a higher level of upfront planning, is what makes TP Mechanical stand apart from other mechanical contractors.

Learn more about our fabrication abilities by visiting our website tpmechanical.com/fabrication.

TP Mechanical Plumbing Services: One-Stop Solutions!

Our services don’t stop with HVAC. As a one-stop solution provider, our team is ready to meet your plumbing needs.

Since 1953, TP Mechanical has been a recognized leader in the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration and fire protection industries. As a multi-faceted company, we utilize a team-based approach to establish long-term partnerships and provide our customers with peace of mind, and nothing exemplifies that more than our service division.

“Our customers can depend on us to provide quality, cost-effective solutions because we value their individual needs,” said Tony Marple, Plumbing Services Manager in Columbus. “We work closely with them, offering honest advice and educating the staff about their current system and potential future needs.”

As an end-to-end provider of comprehensive mechanical solutions, our plumbing services team offers:

  • New installations
  • Repairs and replacements
  • Remodels and renovations
  • Certifications and inspections
  • Domestic water systems
  • Sanitary water systems
  • Medical gas and vacuum systems
  • Natural gas systems
  • Laboratory gas systems
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Water heaters, boilers, pumps, meters and backflow preventers

 

Our customers’ investment in facilities is one we don’t take lightly. We understand that a disruption in plumbing systems has the potential to disrupt operations. From a leaky backflow preventer to a malfunctioning water heater, our team has the experience to handle routine and emergency service needs. Our on-call service teams are available through one convenient number: 888-829-1989.

“These are systems our team knows inside and out,” said Tony. “We leverage the same expertise from designing and building plumbing systems to service them, which gives our customers a higher return on investment and minimizes their operational disruptions.”

Our depth of experience and flexible service options give you the confidence to know your plumbing needs are always met.

To learn more about how our services division, visit http://www.tpmechanical.com/tp-service-group/, or call 888-829-1989 to speak with your local service representative.

Design Build and Design Assist Bring Comprehensive Mechanical Solutions Full Circle

At TP Mechanical, we understand that mechanical systems can be the cause of costly ongoing building operation expenditures if they’re not well-planned and properly configured.

As a customer-driven, solutions-oriented organization, our experienced team of mechanical designers and engineers are committed to more than just fulfilling the specifications and requirements of your project. We provide comprehensive, end-to-end solutions for you, from pre-construction expertise through contracting and fabrication to the service and maintenance of your mechanical systems.

The Design Build and Design Assist difference

When you choose to use our Design Build approach, TP Mechanical handles the mechanical engineering – HVAC, fire protection and plumbing – from start to finish. We provide budgeting, cost-estimating and proposal services, system design and expert construction. Combined with our state-of-the-art fabrication process and efficient installation services, we ensure that your project will be cost-effective and on-time.

If you’re already working with outside engineering and architecture firms, you can still get the TP Mechanical advantage by utilizing our Design Assist program. We provide services in both system designs and constructability by applying our experience and expertise in construction. The result: A completed project with a reduced budget and streamlined timeline.

Using Design Build and Design Assist means:

  • Faster delivery to market
  • Reduced costs via system design and constructability
  • Enhanced coordination of integrated teams of experienced mechanical system experts
  • Minimized project risk
  • More efficient installs with state-of-the-art fabrication capabilities
  • Energy-efficient systems incorporated into designs

Innovation, expertise and excellence

Our Design Build and Design Assist teams are comprised of engineers skilled at applying speed-to-market and cost-effective mechanical engineering principles to create custom, innovative project plans that protect your interests, optimize your budget, streamline your timeline, and overcome your challenges and obstacles to meet your specific business needs. Our engineers can also apply Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles to improve the energy efficiency of the project.

“We deliver the whole package when we pair our Design Build and Design Assist services with state-of-the-art fabrication capabilities,” said Matt Anderson, business development leader for TP Mechanical. “The end result is that our clients have a building that delivers outstanding performance through the entire construction process and in day-to- day operations.”

To learn more about our Design Build and Design Assist Services visit:

http://www.tpmechanical.com/groups/designbuild/

Sleep and Your Health

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

The National Sleep Foundation sponsors Sleep Awareness Week every March to educate Americans on the importance of sleep to their overall health and well-being. The CDC has linked insufficient sleep to the development of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. In honor of Sleep Awareness Week occurring this March 11-17, try adopting the following five healthy sleep habits:

  1. Keep a regular schedule—try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, including weekends.
  2. Create a good sleep environment, including comfortable room temperature, minimal noise and sufficient darkness.
  3. Keep track of habits that help you fall asleep, like relaxing music or reading before bed. Repeat those activities each night.
  4. Avoid caffeine and nicotine three to four hours before going to bed.
  5. Limit alcohol before bed, as it can reduce sleep quality.

People Behind TP Mechanical Introduces Tony Marple

Tony has been with TP Mechanical 20 years, starting in our apprenticeship program and immediately working his way up to become a superintendent. To this day, Tony continues to show his appreciation for and dedication to the apprenticeship program as he has been an instructor for more than 10 years. Three years ago, Tony moved from the field to our service department, and currently serves as our Columbus Plumbing Services Manager.

Tony works with our existing and new customers to support their plumbing and HVAC system needs. He feels it is important to be a trusted advisor to customers by offering honest advice and educating the staff about their current systems.

Tony stands out to customers and his team because he cares and values each customer’s needs.

“Tony is genuine, honest, hardworking and always willing to go the extra mile for his customer and his team,” stated Tara Teepe, Marketing Coordinator at TP Mechanical.

Tony’s goal is always to build an everlasting relationship with customers, and to make sure TP Mechanical is the first name they think of for any of their mechanical needs. He wants his customers to know they can always depend on TP Mechanical to provide them with quality and cost-effective solutions.

When asked why he believes TP Mechanical stands apart from other mechanical contractors, Tony offered the following:

“TP Mechanical has such a great employee culture and continues to invest in that culture by providing opportunities to grow, providing a safe workplace, and giving back to employees. I have been fortunate to have started as an apprentice at TP Mechanical and been given many opportunities to grow within TP Mechanical. I am very fortunate to work for such a great organization, and I am excited to see what the future will bring in this ever-changing industry.”

Contact Tony either by email tony.marple@tpmechanical.com or phone 614-253-8556

Why Fabrication is Key to Providing Comprehensive Mechanical Solutions

The TP Mechanical advantage is innovation, pure and simple. We’ve taken the mechanical fabrication concept, expanded on its capabilities and used it in ground-breaking applications that have transformed the role of mechanical systems in the commercial construction industry.

TP Mechanical is different from other contractors out there because we house a team of experienced, creative engineers and state-of-the-art software, technology and equipment all under one roof – a 45,000 square-foot, ISO-certified fabrication facility built in 2009.

In this controlled environment, we build every component with unparalleled precision. Combine that with our three distribution centers in Cincinnati, Columbus and Lexington, and we can deliver quality, accurate orders of mechanical systems ready for installation. That means your project timeline is accelerated and your jobsite is cleaner, which gets your doors open faster.

“Our fabrication operations play a role in 90% of our projects,” said Steve Blust, TP Mechanical’s Vice President of Internal Operations. “Through fabrication, we are improving project efficiency by shortening timelines, reducing waste and pre-testing systems in our ISO-certified facilities before delivery.”

Our unique mechanical fabrication capabilities will revolutionize your project by:

  • Accelerating production and installation times
  • Shortening construction timelines
  • Eliminating delays due to inclement weather and schedule conflicts
  • Reducing material waste
  • Improving safety of workers and the jobsite
  • Ensuring pricing accuracy to help you stay within budget
  • Enhancing quality and consistency with specialized work groups
  • Ensuring local code compliance with pre-tested systems before delivery
  • Bundling materials and units to enable easier transport – saving time in the field
  • Customizing solutions to every project challenge

At TP Mechanical, we know the challenges of large-scale construction projects, and we’ve solved them with our market-leading, quality-driven fabrication process.

To learn more about our innovative fabrication process and capabilities, visit http://www.tpmechanical.com/fabrication/.

Key Safety Guidelines to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Safety First, Always First.”

With winter’s colder temperatures and heating systems running around the clock, it is important to be aware of the heightened risk and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas that is produced when incomplete combustion of carbon-containing materials (i.e., natural gas) occurs. Because it’s odorless and colorless, CO often goes undetected. With many facilities and homes utilizing natural gas furnaces and water heaters, winter weather puts everyone at an increased risk of CO poisoning.

“Risks for CO poisoning are higher than many realize, especially because the causes are often overlooked in our day-to-day lives,” says Jamie Absher, Safety Specialist at TP Mechanical. “It could be something as simple as a faulty gas line or an improperly vented furnace – which are preventable with proper maintenance.”

According to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), here are some ways to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector. These devices work similarly to a smoke detector, only they measure the amount of carbon monoxide in the air.
  • Have appliances that use natural gas inspected by a qualified repair person once a year.
  • Inspect the vents, flues and chimneys of all gas water heaters, furnaces and fireplaces to ensure proper ventilation of exhaust.
  • Never use an oven to heat rooms. This can damage the oven and cause carbon monoxide to be released into the building.
  • Never heat a room with a gas or kerosene space heater that does not have proper venting.

Why is monitoring CO levels and preventing CO poisoning so critical? Because the effects can be permanent or fatal, as CO exposure hampers our blood’s ability to carry oxygen to body tissues and vital organs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hypoxia (severe oxygen deficiency) due to acute CO poisoning may result in long-term or irreversible brain or heart damage.

Some common symptoms of CO exposure include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weakness
  • Exhaustion
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

“If your CO alarm goes off or you experience any CO exposure symptoms, do not hesitate to act,” says Jamie. “Immediately move to fresh air and contact the local emergency services or call 911.”

To learn more about our commitment to workplace health and safety, visit http://www.tpmechanical.com/about-tp/safety/.

People Behind TP Mechanical Introduces Ali Jansen

Ali started with TP Mechanical over a year ago as our Customer Relationship Manager in the Columbus region. Ali’s primary responsibility is to build stronger relationships with our customers.

Through our Voice of the Customer program, Ali coordinates meetings with customers and our sales representatives and managers to discuss their current relationship with TP Mechanical. These meetings provide us with valuable insight and allow us to be proactive in our partnerships. As the voice of our customers, Ali helps us discover how we can better meet their needs.

“TP Mechanical truly cares about their customers and employees,” says Ali. “Everyone here is like family looking out for each other, and we do the same for our customers.”

One of the ways Ali looks out for our customers is by tracking their future preventative maintenance needs based on ASHRAE equipment life expectancies. This allows us to work proactively with our customers, so they can avoid costly downtime and repairs at their facilities.

In one of her additional roles, Ali works closely with Matt Anderson, our Commercial Business Development Leader, and our commercial operations managers to help manage our relationships with general contractors. This helps us continually improve upon our current business partnerships, as well as our processes for the future.

Ali stands out to customers and coworkers because of her diligence, honesty and caring nature.