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JUL 2018

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Before coming back to top the insulated s ys tem with a vegetative roofing, the crew applied iso and high-densit y boards, primer, spray polyurethane foam (SPF), and a polyurea topcoat. The liquid-applied materials came from Oak Ridge. COATINGSPRO JULY 2018 39 particular took about 18 days. From the start, Betts said this client was very safety conscious. "Everything was safety, safety, safety," he said. "If you were caught without a hard hat, gloves, or safety glasses, they escorted you off the job," he continued, describing the client's strategy. A lways in good standing from that point of view, Foam Tight used a safety inspector and safety meetings throughout the job to stay on top of it. "We had a safety meeting designed around what construction was going on the project between all the subcontractors," he said. As the building contin- ued to progress, every day had a different schedule that needed to be relayed to the coatings crew, and Betts relayed it during those meetings. Each of the seven crew members also needed to show proof to the client that he or she had taken lift safety courses, completed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour certification, and was a union member. Access was also addressed on this project in detail — for the crew and the materials. "We couldn't get to the roof with a ladder because of safety issues," Betts said. Instead, the client built scaffolding with stairs for Foam Tight to reach the roof. "And every morning, that had to be inspected by somebody from PSE&G to sign off on a tag that was next to the steps, and then people could go up and down on the steps from one floor to the next and then to the roof. If somebody didn't sign off, you weren't allowed to go up on the building. Sometimes it was stressful, but it was good for safety reasons." at is, except for the few mornings where the crew had to wait for an hour or longer for someone with the authority to sign off on the scaffolding. But Betts supported the client's safety choices: "ere were no injuries. Everything worked smoothly," he said. As for the materials, the lighter pieces, such as the tapered boards, were lifted onto the deck by the client using high/low lifts. e crew kept the heavier materials, such as the 55-gallon (208.2 L) drums of SPF and coatings, on the ground with the equipment in the truck. During the initial installation when the crew worked on the temporary fix for the roof 's leaks, their safety approach also included the use of fall protection. at's because the parapet walls hadn't yet been built (remember those material delays?). But when they came back to install the complete coating system, the walls had been erected, so fall protection was no longer necessary at that point. Even the materials and equipment on the ground had to be protected. "ey had to be in portable containment areas in case there was a leak so we would put four drums into each of these contained areas," Betts said. e liners were 12 inches (30.5 cm) high and were acquired from United Rentals. "is way, if anything happened or a drum leaked, it would leak into the container and not on the ground. We covered them with tarps to keep the weather off of them. And any time we needed a set of material, we would tell them [PSE&G], and they would pick them out, bring them over, and put them on our truck." Coated SPF Roof

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