The stacks and boilers at Florida Power & Light's (FPL's) old 1960s-era Port Everglades Power Plant came crashing down on July 16, 2013, to make way for a new plant run on U.S.-based natural gas. An estimated 160,000 tons of concrete and metal from the plant will be recycled and reused. Demolition company D.H. Griffin, Greensboro, N.C. The new Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center will enter service in 2016. Click the video below to see the dramatic implosion and to learn more about the project.
Vonco V Duluth owns and operates a 75-acre landfill and transfer station complex in Duluth. Approximately 10 acres of the complex is permitted to accept construction and demolition debris.
In March 2012, Vonco’s consultants notified the MPCA that unpermitted wastes had been discovered in some samples taken at the landfill. Subsequent agency inspections discovered additional permit violations, including ex-posed asbestos, the company taking in unacceptable waste, and a failure to conduct and report accurate facility inspections. The transfer station and landfill were temporarily closed in May and reopened after corrective actions were taken.
In August 2012, the agency learned that 6.25 tons of Vonco’s mixed municipal solid waste had been dumped at a private residence. Vonco immediately retrieved the waste and transported it to an appropriately permitted facility
In response to the violations Vonco has agreed to pay a $60,000 civil penalty to resolve the violations and conduct the following compliance activities: submit an application to modify its permit, install additional groundwater monitoring and landfill cover systems, communicate with its customers about wastes it is permitted to accept, and make necessary permit amendments to reflect current property and facility ownership. Three of the required actions have already been completed.
In addition, Vonco will complete a $240,000 Supplemental Environmental Project to remove hazardous materials, demolish buildings, dispose of building materials and conduct site-restoration activities at what could amount to about 20 blighted properties in Duluth.
When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violations affected the environment, whether they were first-time or repeat violations, and how promptly the violations were reported to authorities. The agency also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner.
Sainte Justin, Quebec-baseed Rotobec has introduced a new line of breakers for the construction industry. The new breakers are available in monoblock and tie-rod configurations.
The Monoblock breakers are built without tie-rods for exceptional reliability. There are 8 models available to fit excavators ranging from 1600-28,000 lbs. The monoblock design features a robust assembly, low maintenance, and easy access components for easy maintenance. Monoblock breakers also feature a unique and patented polyurethane jacket, designed to reduce impact vibrations transferred to the machine and help reduce noise to 85dB at 12 meters max. Up to the RCB410, RCB Breakers are among the most quiet breakers on the market. Features include:
- Pistons mounted on bushings, extending the life of the cylinder and eliminating expensive repair costs.
- Diaphragm accumulators are used for consistent performance.
- Diaphragm accumulators do not require recharging, resulting in no down time.
- Blank-firing protection.
Rotobec Tie-Rod breakers feature a unique design that incorporates a heavy-duty tie-rod assembly that helps eliminate the possibility of rod assembly failure and makes for easy maintenance. Internal components can be accessed and repaired without dismantling the tie-rod assembly. This breaker is available in 5 different models to fit excavators ranging from 28,000 to 130,000 pounds. Features include:
- Pistons mounted on 3 bushings, extending the life of the cylinder.
- Manual stroke adjuster
- Hydraulic break on the piston prohibits the breaker from harmful blank firing.
Visit www.rotobec.com for more information.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched “Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals,” a new certificate program that provides public sector employees training on occupational safety and health to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in state and local governments.
The certificate programs are available in construction and general industry. Students can choose from a variety of courses, including occupational safety and health standards for construction or general industry, safety and health management, accident investigation, fall hazard awareness and recordkeeping. To earn a certificate, participants must complete a minimum of seven courses, consisting of three required courses and additional elective courses, totaling at least 68 hours of in-class training.
OSHA has created a new Web page dedicated to this certificate program. The page provides course descriptions and prerequisites, program information and instructions on how to apply to the program.
The certificate program is administered by OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, which are non-profit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and health training. All courses required to complete the program are available at OTI Education Centers nationwide. Students can use OSHA’s searchable course schedule to find training courses for the certificate program at www.osha.gov/dte/ecd/course_otiec_search_public.html. Courses taken at different OTI Education Centers are transferrable and can count toward the certificate program.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. will be introducing to the Permian Basin construction and energy market the Manitou MHT10225, 49,000 lb. capacity variable reach forklift and the Komatsu Intelligent Control Dozer, the D61i-23. The event is all day, with lunch being served from noon to 1 p.m. Introduction and demonstration of these units will take place at Kirby-Smith Machinery’s branch location at 7301 E I-20 in Odessa, Texas.
“Manitou is the world leader in variable reach forklifts and has targeted the Permian Basin area at its strategic market for North America to introduce this one of a kind 49,000-pound telescopic forklift,” states Fabien Ledebt, Americas Market & Sales Support Manager for Manitou. “We will be demonstrating the MHT10225 lift capacities at this event and its unique advantages over other types of lift designs in Odessa/Midland,” concludes Ledebt.
Komatsu and Kirby-Smith Machinery will also be introducing at this event what they say is the world’s first Automated Grade Control dozer to the Permian Basin market. “Finding operators for the energy sector is tough but finding operators that have the needed experience for grade control is virtually impossible to find”, states Kevin Demel, Territory Manager for Kirby-Smith Machinery. “The new Intelligent Control System offered in the D61i-23, with the click of a button, gives contractors that strategic advantage in mastering grade control efficiency,” concludes Demel.
Kirby-Smith Machinery has been servicing the oil field construction and crane industry for more than 30 years and is recognized as one of the premiere heavy construction equipment and crane dealers in the country. With more than 2,000 pieces of equipment in their rental fleet alone, Kirby-Smith Machinery is able to help customers with whatever job they might have.
Kirby-Smith has service locations in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Lubbock, Kansas City, Odessa, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, and Tulsa. Komatsu, Wirtgen Group, National Crane, Manitou, Gehl, DoppstadtUS, Atlas Copco, and Gradall are just a few of the premiere products they service.
More information is available at www.kirby-smith.com.