Category Archives: Mechanical Integrity

Bostik Fines – Following up on Audit Recommendations MATTERS!

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bostik Inc. for 50 alleged violations of workplace safety standards following a March 13 explosion at the company’s Middleton plant in which four workers were injured. … Continue reading

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Ice Buildup: The worst case scenario

Got some ice buildup on piping, air units or the structure itself? OSHA has been cracking down on this lately. This news story from Australia is a good illustration as to why… A 30-year-old Taiwanese national died when part of … Continue reading

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Welding Slag Destroys Valves!

“Wire drawing” is when the valve seat wears out at one area from operating with significant pressure differential near but not completely closed. This can be caused by not closing the valve all the way, such as using a control … Continue reading

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Improper Insulation Installation = Trouble

We recently found a pipe that had been insulated below and above the roofline. The portion of the pipe between the upper and lower roof surface was not insulated at all: Here’s what the pipe section looked like when it … Continue reading

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Compromised Insulation

How serious is compromised insulation? One way of answering that is with an infrared camera. Take a look at the picture below: The saturated temperature on that LTRL line is about 0F and the LTRS line is about -40F. Obviously … Continue reading

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