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.

For more information

Learn more about how safety is a way of life at TP Mechanical and then Contact Us to see how we can provide comprehensive mechanical services for your next project.

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. “

Do You Know Seizure First Aid?

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 10 people may have a seizure in their lifetime. A seizure is a change in the brain’s electrical activity that can cause a variety of symptoms, including violent shaking, falling and losing bodily control. However, because there are different types of seizures, symptoms can vary.

Knowing proper seizure first aid is important so that you can help keep a person who is having a seizure safe and prevent further injury. General seizure first aid includes the following:

  • Clear the area immediately to prevent possible injury.
  • If the person is standing, gently guide them to the floor. Roll them on their side and cushion their head.
  • Time the seizure. If the person has epilepsy and the seizure lasts longer than three minutes, call 911.
  • Call 911 if any of the following apply:
    • The person is pregnant.
    • The person has never had a seizure before.
    • The person does not regain consciousness after the seizure.
    • The seizure lasts longer than five minutes.
  • Do not attempt to hold the person down or put anything in their mouth while they are seizing. Doing so could cause injury.

For other seizure first-aid tips, please visit the CDC’s webpage.

Simple Summer Activities Your Kids Are Sure to Love

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Summer is often filled with outdoor parties, warm weather and no school. Unfortunately, the arrival of summer can bring stress for many parents as they search for ways to keep their kids happy, healthy, engaged and safe without breaking the bank.

Listed below are a few simple—and inexpensive—summer activities that you and your children can do together this summer.

  • Make homemade frozen treats. Cooking together is a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime and to instill healthy habits in your children. Click here for some recipes to get you started.
  • Go berry picking. Many berries are in season in the summer. Take your children to your local berry farm to pick your own delicious strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
  • Go hiking. Enjoy the summer weather and your state’s scenery, and get some exercise by taking a family hike at your nearest trail.

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.

For more information
Learn more about how safety is a way of life at TP Mechanical and then Contact Us to see how we can provide comprehensive mechanical services for your next project.

Tick and Tick-borne Disease Season is Here

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Experts are warning that this year’s tick season could be worse and more widespread than ever due to milder winters, booming mice and deer populations, and the 2015 abundant acorn crop. Unfortunately, with the projected increase of ticks, the threat of tick-borne disease, including the most common, Lyme disease, also increases.

The best way to avoid contracting a tick-borne disease is to practice proper preventive measures, which include the following:

  • Wear light-colored clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and pants when in wooded areas, and tuck pant legs into socks or boots. Keep long hair tied back.
  • Wash your body and clothing after all outdoor activities.
  • Look periodically for ticks if you have been outdoors, especially if you have been in wooded areas or gardens.
  • Remove ticks within 24 hours to greatly reduce the risk of contracting disease.
  • Talk with your veterinarian about tick repellent for your pet.
  • Check your pet’s coat if it has been in a possible tick-infested area.

For more information on ticks and tick-borne disease, click here.

National Fireworks Safety Month: June 1 to July 4

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Fireworks are a staple at festivities for many Americans during the summer months. Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how dangerous fireworks and sparklers can be—which is a primary reason that injuries occur.

In honor of National Fireworks Safety Month, which occurs from June 1 to July 4, take some time to familiarize yourself with the following safety suggestions to avoid accidents when using fireworks.

  • Do not shoot fireworks off if you are under the influence of alcohol.
  • Always have a hose or water bucket handy.
  • Keep spectators a safe distance away.
  • Show children how to properly hold sparklers, how to stay far enough away from other children and what not to do.
  • Never try to relight a firework that didn’t properly ignite.
  • Soak all firework debris in water before throwing it away.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them from metal or glass containers.

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.

Find Training and Opportunity at TP Mechanical

At TP Mechanical, we want the success of our employees to go hand in hand with the success of the company. That’s why we offer a variety of four-year apprenticeship opportunities that blend in-class instruction and on-site job training.

All our apprentices receive 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning from experienced instructors in areas such as plumbing, pipefitting, fire protection and welding.

Our team is looking for apprenticeship candidates who have a strong work ethic, a great attitude and a willingness to learn. Many apprentices stay for long careers, due in part to our commitment of promoting from within our workforce.

“Our goal is for you to be a vital asset to TP Mechanical at the end of your four-year course,” says Chief Operating Officer Tim Hoover. “We want you to continue down a path of learning and experience to become a leader for us.”

How to apply
TP Mechanical is accepting applications for two weeks only: Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in our Columbus, Cincinnati and Lexington offices. Bring a copy of your high school diploma, your GED or a letter from your school with your expected graduation date.

We are excited to provide the following apprenticeship programs:

Cincinnati and Columbus           Lexington
Plumbing/Pipefitting                 Plumbing/Pipefitting (Auditors)
Fire Protection
Sheet Metal

We look forward to meeting you and starting the application process – click on the links above for our office addresses.

For more information
Visit the TP Mechanical apprenticeship program page on our website or call our Training Manager Tracy Urti with any questions at 513-851-8881.