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MAY 2016

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58 MAY 2016 COATINGSPROMAG.COM were north winds, the crew didn't pressure wash the exterior of either tank, so that the overspray didn't accidentally reach the highway. Most important, high north winds could cause the paint to drop during the coating process on the exterior of the tanks. "Te wind was the driving factor in scheduling for the job. If we'd had a lot of wind, we probably would have started with the interior work after the ground tank was completed; however, the wind and weather cooperated. Tere were only a couple of days that wind or weather restricted the exterior work," stated Stelzer. Te other major challenge on the job was related to the cell phone antennae on top of the tank. Te Stelzer crew had to coordinate with the owner of the antennae to make sure they were removed in a timely manner so that prep and coating appli- cation work was not delayed. "We made sure to give the owner enough lead time to remove the antennae. Ten, even when the actual antennae were of the exterior of the elevated tank, we had to work around the coax and brackets that were left behind. We paid close attention to the surface prep and coating applica- tion in these areas," explained Stelzer. Gaining Access and Staying Safe With much of the work on both the interior and exterior of the elevated tank taking place at great heights, scafolding was erected. On the exterior, a component system was built that remained in place for the duration of the project. Inside the tank, the crew used portable scafolding that could be broken down to ft through the man ways. According to Stelzer, both systems were provided by Sky Climber. Fall protection was vital to the safety of all workers anytime work was done on the scafolding. Te crew wore harnesses and safety ropes, and they used rope grabs. Te foreman on site was in charge of all equipment inspections, rigging, and ensuring that all safety measures were in place and compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. "We take safety very seriously at J.R. Stelzer. We have formal third-party safety trainings annually at the very least. Tese trainings are the OSHA 10-hour courses and are presented in both English and Spanish," stated Stelzer, adding that the company culture reinforces that each and every crew member is responsible for safety on the job. Te crew also had weekly tailgate meetings and wore Nova 2000 blast hoods during the abrasive blasting of the elevated tank interior. At other points in the surface preparation and coating application, the crew wore 3M half-mask respirators with flters and cartridges. W hen necessary, crew members also wore ear plugs. The Right Results According to Stelzer, the success of the job can be attributed to three factors: great materials, excellent customer service, and applicators who are trained to pay attention to details. "As a company, we don't overlook anything. We do it right, do it safely, and deliver a product that will last longer than competitors' applications," stated Stelzer proudly. He added that Induron was a pleasure to work with, and their sales representative provided onsite assistance whenever necessary. "In today's world, this type of customer service is a breath of fresh air. In addition, the city of Papillion is thrilled with the outcome. Tey love how glossy the exterior of the tank is and know that the interior of the tank will have a long service life." CP Water Tank Déjà Vu VENDOR TEAM 3M Safety equipment manufacturer 3M Center St. Paul, MN 55144 (800) 364-3577 Eagle Industries Equipment manufacturer 5531 River Rd. New Orleans, LA 70123 (800) 266-8246 Graco Inc. Equipment manufacturer 88 11th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 623-6000 Induron Coatings Inc. Coatings manufacturer 3333 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N Birmingham, AL 35234 (800) 324-9584 Mi-T-M Corporation Equipment manufacturer 50 Mi-T-M Dr. Peosta, IA 52068 (563) 556-7484 Nova Respirators by RPB Safety Safety equipment manufacturer 2807 Samoset Rd. Royal Oak, MI 48073 (866) 494-4599 Schmidt Blasting Equipment Equipment manufacturer 11927 South Hwy. 6 Fresno, TX 77545 (800) 231-2085 Sky Climber, LLC Safety equipment manufacturer 1800 Pittsburgh Dr. Delaware, OH 43015 (800) 255-4629 B y the end, the crew had overcome high winds, which could af fec t p aint drip ping , an d co ordinating th e rem oval of cell p h on e tower antenna an d co a x an d b racket s lef t b ehin d to re co at th e p roje c t once again.

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