“Back to School” Means Time for Water System Flushing

Safety First, Always First” is about more than the equipment we wear and the precautions we take on jobsites. Preventative maintenance goes a long way in protecting the health and safety of all from hazards that aren’t always visible. An example of this is water system flushing to eliminate Legionella bacteria or other contaminants in schools during summer break.

Legionella is known to survive and colonize in building water systems due to its presence in source waters. Hot water and water passing through older and lower volume systems are particularly susceptible because warm temperatures and thicker biofilm buildups are risk factors for Legionella colonization.

In general, concentrations of the bacteria in building water supplies are very low. However, when the conditions are right – for example, an older school experiencing an abrupt and steep reduction in water usage while on summer break – the chance for colonization exists.

Methods of Water System Flushing

Routine and systematic monitoring serves as an alarm to determine whether there is contamination and if remediation is necessary. The most common remediation techniques to eliminate Legionella in building water systems include:

  • Super-chlorination – introducing free chlorine (Cl) gas to increase Cl levels system-wide for a few hours to achieve a concentration greater than 5 parts per million (ppm) and flushing the entire system
  • Super-heating – raising the water temperature to 160ºF (70ºC) or higher for one hour for every ten years of water system age and flushing the entire system
  • Drying and flushing – disconnecting the entire water system, draining all the water and blowing hot, dry air through the pipes, and then reconnecting the water to flush the system

With every water system installed, TP Mechanical trains owners and maintenance personnel on preventing these types of water quality issues. We provide third party documentation showing we have met code requirements and are turning over a clean, safe water system.

With children everywhere heading back to school after a long summer off, it’s important to remember the words of Benjamin Franklin: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Prevent Heat Illness

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There were 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These preventable deaths illustrate how important preparation is during extreme temperatures. Whether you are swimming at the beach or lounging in the park, you should be prepared for extreme heat conditions.

Stay Prepared

The CDC provides three easy steps to prevent heat-related illnesses: stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. This summer, make sure you have shade wherever you are going and have attire, like a sun hat or a thin, long-sleeved shirt, to avoid direct contact with the sun. Be sure to drink lots of water—more than you usually do. Your body quickly loses fluids in the summer more quickly, which can lead to illness. Finally, stay informed by monitoring the local weather forecast and prepare accordingly for outdoor activities.

Know the Signs

The two most dangerous heat-related illnesses, besides dehydration, are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion is exhibited through cold, clammy skin, heavy sweating and nausea. If you or someone shows these symptoms, move to a cooler location and sip water. If you or someone has a rapid pulse, hot and red skin, and loses consciousness, this could mean heat stroke, and you should call 911 immediately. In this latter scenario, do not give fluids to the person showing the symptoms. Do, however, move them to a cooler location and lower their temperature with cool cloths.

Protecting Clients and the General Public from Job Sites with Proper Barriers and Signs

“Safety First, Always First.”

That is our first core value at TP Mechanical, and it is critical to carrying out our mission.

Safety on job sites is not only important to protecting our employees, but also our clients and the general public. A key component of keeping everyone near a work site safe is defining a clear perimeter by utilizing proper barriers and signs.

With the “Safety First, Always First” mindset, TP Mechanical adheres to all industry safety guidelines and standards. We protect our employees, clients and the general public on a work site by using proper barriers and signs to meet OSHA safety and health regulations as well as those set by the American National Standards Institute/American Society of Safety Engineers (ANSI/ASSE).

When protecting a job site, do:

  • Notify the public of any closed areas and clearly mark safe, alternative areas for pedestrian traffic
  • Maintain and keep pedestrian traffic areas well-lit so that slipping, tripping and falling hazards are reduced
  • Protect public areas adjacent to job sites from construction objects or debris with appropriate barriers, catch platforms, enclosures, perimeter or vertical debris netting, sheds, overhangs, scaffolding or similar structures

When protecting a job site, do not:

  • Block public ingress or egress routes (i.e., stairways, doors, entrances, exits, paths or hallways)
  • Let anyone without required special licenses, permits or operator training use associated machinery or vehicles
  • Store hazardous materials in anything other than properly labeled, approved containers away from the public

In September 2005, TP Mechanical became the first mechanical contractor in the U.S. to achieve the exemplary designation as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) participant. Our participation in VPP allows us to continually improve our safety and health management systems, and exemplifies our relentless pursuit of the highest safety standards for our employees, clients and the general public.

Prefabrication Answers the Challenge of a Tight Timeline

University of Cincinnati High Rise
Cincinnati, Ohio

This 14-story project offered unique challenges due to a strict schedule of just 12 months. To meet the timeline, TP Mechanical utilized prefabrication – building systems and connections offsite and delivering them to the job-site for installation.

This approach allowed us to maximize production with our on-site project team and prefabricate all materials being installed on this project. The coordination between our project management team, fabrication facility and distribution center helped to make us the premier contractor for this challenge.

Learn more about this project by visiting our portfolio page on our website.

Preventative Maintenance Can Reduce Facility Costs for Building Owners

Has your business been impacted by costly repairs or replacements for equipment in your facilities? Has your company’s productivity suffered from equipment down-time?

These are costs that can be reduced and issues that can be avoided by investing in a preventative maintenance plan.

As tightening budgets and “doing-more-with-less” mantras have become the norm for businesses around the globe, the maintenance of a facility’s mechanical systems is often placed on the back-burner. However, that is precisely the type of decision-making that can cost building owners more money long term.

“TP believes in doing the right maintenance at the right time, based on how the customer owns and operates their building. This will allow the customer to better manage and control their day,” says Jamie Johnston, Sales Manager at TP Mechanical.

At TP Mechanical, we take your investment in your facilities seriously. We understand that a disruption in your mechanical systems has the potential to disrupt your operations, and our team has the experience, expertise and resources to keep your facility functioning at peak efficiency.

Our service agreements are customized to keep your equipment running efficiently and overcome potential issues before they become emergencies. We also take the time to plan and strategize for future unit replacements, so you are not hit with unexpected costs or lost time due to mechanical failure. This attention to detail provides our partners a higher return on their investment and yields a high rate of customer satisfaction.

TP Mechanical Hits Another Major Safety Milestone

TP Mechanical has now surpassed 3 million man-hours without a lost-time accident.

By committing to our “Safety First, Always First” core value, we make it our primary goal to ensure our employees, clients and members of the general public return home to their families safely every night.

“We are more than proud to achieve 3 million hours without a lost workday injury,” said TP Mechanical Corporate Safety Director Rick Absher. “We are looking forward to reaching the next milestone as we continue to make the safety of our employees, clients and jobsites our foremost priority.”

Reaching milestones like this isn’t achieved by merely doing what’s required. That’s why we go above and beyond by participating in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of organizations that have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health—that’s why we were so proud to be the first mechanical contractor in the U.S. to receive this designation in 2005.

Through VPP, we’ve implemented meticulous safety and health management practices that address hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training, management commitment and worker involvement. We voluntarily submit to rigorous evaluations to identify ways that we can continue to improve our system.

Being proactive about safety is critical to protecting our employees and jobsites, upholding our core values and executing our mission.

As our streak continues, we promise to keep delivering “Safety First, Always First” – that’s the TP Mechanical guarantee.

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The People Behind TP Mechanical

Introducing Tim Teepe, Estimation Manager for Cincinnati and Kentucky

Combining comprehensive experience, a steadfast work ethic and precise organization to achieve team and project success

With experience across the company, Tim Teepe brings a comprehensive approach to estimation, using knowledge of the field and project management to every challenge. Tim has more than a decade of experience in the industry with TP Mechanical Contractors.

Tim has completed his OSHA 30-Hour safety training, is a Certified Healthcare Contractor via the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers (KSHE) certification program and holds licenses in both Ohio and Kentucky.

Tim prides himself on his work ethic and organization skills, and he is committed to supporting his team, keeping projects ahead of schedule and under budget. He values building quality relationships with clients.

We asked Tim what project he had worked on stood out the most and this was his response:

“The best jobs we bid on are where we can get involved up front. This means that we prepare a budget when the drawings are in the design development (DD) stage. From there, we work with our vendors and subcontractors to come up with a solid budget. In the next 4-6 weeks, we work with the GC or CM to decide on what the best equipment will be and/or what subcontractors to use for the systems designed.

Helping with the budget up front doesn’t always guarantee we‘ll secure the project, but it usually gives us an edge. “

Our Commitment to Safety Wins Again!

Our “Safety First, Always First” core value struck a chord again at the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Ohio safety luncheon.

TP Mechanical was presented with three safety awards:

  • AGC of Ohio Construction Safety Excellence Award (CSEA) Specialty Division Over 1 Million Hours
  • AGC of Ohio Certificate of Commendation for Excellent Safety Record 2016 (Zero Incident Rate for 50,000 Work Hours and Over)
  • AGC of Ohio Three-Year Associate/Specialty Contractor 325,000 Hours and Up Report Card Average

“We are honored to receive these distinguished awards from the AGC of Ohio, and more importantly, to have our entire team recognized for their dedication to exemplary safety practices,” said TP Mechanical President and CEO Bill Riddle. “At TP Mechanical, we treat the health and safety of our employees, clients and the general public with the utmost seriousness. It is our primary goal to ensure everyone returns home to their family at night.”

The AGC’s SEA program is the industry’s elite safety and excellence awards program. Its comprehensive selection process closely examines each candidate’s commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control.

“We don’t just say ‘Safety First, Safety Always.’ We live it,” said TP Mechanical Corporate Safety Director Rick Absher. “Ensuring the safety of our employees, clients and jobsites is our foremost priority. We are appreciative of this recognition of our commitment to safety and proud of our current streak of more than 2.9 million hours without a lost workday injury.”

These AGC awards are another important step in our journey of success. Moving forward, we promise to keep delivering “Safety First, Always First” – that’s the TP Mechanical guarantee.

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How often should maintenance be conducted on ice machines?

Did you know that you should service your ice machine every 6 months? Watch this short news clip from Lex18 to find out why.

To learn more how TP Mechanical can help with routine maintenance for your ice machine visit our Service page or contact us at 800-829-1989.