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Bidders Sought for Water Tank Painting

Coating proposals are invited for a 250,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Marysville, KS.


OSHA Unloads New Case on U.S. Minerals

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new citations against U.S. Minerals Inc., alleging machine, fall and respiratory hazards at one of its newer facilities, in ...


Painter Tops Lead Cases with $287k Fine

After a dozen federal health and safety cases in 10 years, including a 14th citation for lead hazards, authorities are sending a Chicago painting contractor a six-figure message.


Bids Invited for Water Tower Painting

Contractors have until Feb. 10 to bid on recoating a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Collinsville, IL—a contract estimated at $450,000.


Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

A Florida-based industrial coatings contractor is facing $58,800 in federal fines after receiving 13 serious citations alleging excessive lead exposures during abrasive blasting.


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

A Mississippi shipyard will pay $144,545 to resolve a host of state environmental violations related to abrasive blasting and painting at its Pascagoula facility.


Umbrella Kit Protects Portable Blasters

New abrasive umbrella kits for portable blasters offer protection from overhead feeding systems and from weight-related pop-up failures, according to Pirate Brand and manufacturer Forecast S...


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

In a decision widely viewed as a victory for the coal industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a final rule that classifies coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid—n...


Deal Expands Graco Blast Unit

One year after jumping into the abrasive-blasting equipment field, Graco Inc. has strengthened its stake with a second acquisition.


Coal Ash Rule Goes to the Wire

Four and a half years after it was proposed and one year after a federal judge demanded a decision, a rule to determine the disposal fate of coal waste has—theoretically—reached its last sto...


$546K Tank Contract Awarded

A Georgia general contractor has been awarded a $546,300 contract for tank and tower cleaning and coating work in Clermont, FL.


Shipyard Fined $1M in Coast Guard Scam

A Florida shipyard and its president will pay a $1 million fine for a scam designed to siphon off federal contracts meant for small businesses run by disabled veterans.


Device Enhances Blasting Pot Safety

Marco Group International has announced a new product that allows the user to pressurize and depressurize bulk abrasive blasting pots by flipping a toggle switch from the ground level.


Bids Sought for 2 FL Water Towers

Bids are being accepted for cleaning, coating and repair work on two water storage towers in Clermont, FL.


U.S. Beryllium Proposal Advances

After nearly 12 years in the pipeline, a federal plan to reduce beryllium exposure in the workplace has moved to the White House for final review.


$28M Awarded for PA Bridge Painting

A $28 million contract for cleaning, painting and restoring a Pittsburgh bridge has been awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

Unworkable, unaffordable and unnecessary is the construction industry’s final judgment on a federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


USACE Seeks Bids for $10M Dam Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking contractors to clean and paint tainter gates at the Bull Shoals Dam Powerhouse on the White River in Baxter County, AR.


Shipyard Hazards Draw $305K Fine

A Texas shipbuilder is facing its second federal safety case in nine months after inspectors recently found a range of hazards uncorrected from last fall.


Abrasive Blasting Draws 17 Citations

Allegations of worker overexposure to lead and silica as well as other health hazards have landed a Connecticut abrasive blasting contractor in trouble with federal authorities.


Blasting Helmet Lights the Way

Protective equipment maker RPB Safety has unveiled a helmet lighting system that offers blasters concentrated, hands-free illumination for work in confined spaces and other dark areas.


‘Old Glory’ Tank Painting Up for Bid

Contractors have nine days to submit proposals for cleaning and coating the beflagged 1.5-million-gallon elevated water storage tank of Cocoa, FL.


Global Industrial Painter Training Set

SSPC has thrown its weight behind a leading UK painting and blasting training curriculum as part of an effort to expand the program worldwide.


FL Tank Maker Fined $106K for Hazards

Painters, blasters and other temporary and full-time workers at a longtime manufacturer of tanks and pressure vessels are the focus of concern in 23 federal health and safety citations alleg...


$28M Awarded for Bridge Painting

A $28,638,941 contract has been awarded to Certified Coatings Co. of Fairfield, CA, for cleaning and painting operations on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the California Department of Trans...


5 Minutes to a Better Surface Profile

Achieving the optimal surface profile for a project—a crucial component of coatings success—is the focus of the newest installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


Wet Blaster Offers 2-Gun Motion

A new automated Vaqua slurry-blast system has been custom engineered to feature a two-axis gun motion.


Free Webinar Addresses Blasting Safety

The inhalation hazards of working with toxic substances during abrasive blasting will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Abrasives Maker Gets 10th OSHA Case

Fourteen months after resolving numerous federal health and safety violations at its plant in Harvey, LA, U.S. Minerals is facing a fresh round of citations at the facility.


ADI Launches All-in-One System

It blasts, it vacuums, it recycles—a new machine claims to do it all.


Painter Arson Prompts New Navy Recs

The loss of a U.S. nuclear submarine torched by a painter has yielded a new fire prevention manual by the U.S. Navy.


5 Ways to Slash Prep Costs

Some abrasive-blasting mistakes are more costly than others. Take these.


OSHA Alleges Repeat Painter Hazards

A Texas trailer manufacturer has repeatedly exposed painters and abrasive blasters to airborne particles over eight times the permissible limit, as well as several other hazards, federal saf...


Bids Invited to Paint WV River Bridge

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to clean and recoat the Lower Pleasant Street Bridge in Morgantown, WV.


Silica Comment Period Extended Again

Federal authorities will once again allow more time for public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to silica.


Bids Sought for 5 Florida Tanks

The City of St. Petersburg, FL, is seeking bids for the cleaning, repair, and recoating of four existing elevated water storage tanks and one surge tank.


Abrasives Maker Faces New OSHA Case

One year after settling eight federal health and safety cases with a $700,000 fine, U.S. Minerals is facing new allegations at the plant that started it all.


$740K Fine May Close CT Contractor

A four-generation coating and abrasive blasting business says it will shut down most of its operations in the face of a $743,500 state fine for hazardous waste, training and other violations...


$22M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

A $21,874,935 contract for the second phase of painting on the Huey P. Long Bridge has been awarded to Abhe and Svoboda of Prior Lake, MN, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Deve...


Beryllium Rule Planned for 2014

New federal proposals limiting worker exposure to beryllium—a particular hazard in open-air abrasive blasting—are on track to roll out in April, Occupational Safety and Health Administration...


Marco Rolls Out 2014 Trailer

The Marco Group International has introduced a new abrasive blast pot trailer with enhanced safety and maintenance features for 2014.


New Corrosion Conference Aims at Owners

Engineered Corrosion Solutions 2014, a new one-day conference focused on helping U.S. facility owners tackle that $500 billion-a-year problem, will debut March 13 in the Chicago area.


Graco Inc. Enters Abrasive Blasting

Staking a brand-new claim in the coatings industry, spray-equipment maker Graco Inc. has announced the acquisition of EcoQuip Inc., a manufacturer of abrasive-blasting equipment.


Cancer Study Backs Silica Plan

Millions of American workers, including abrasive blasters and construction laborers, could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure on the job, concludes a new study publishe...


Feds: Lead Risk for Painters Persists

Lead exposure on the job remains a significant health threat in painting and blasting, despite decades of improvement among other occupations and the general public, a new federal study repo...


Company Blamed in Trainee’s Death

Cited twice in five years for hazards, including several that led to an amputation, a Texas plating company is now being held responsible for the death of a 22-year-old worker who was learni...


Gritco Unveils Blasting Jacket, Cape

Blasting and cleaning equipment maker Gritco BV has introduced a long-sleeve jacket and bright-orange safety cape to improve protection for abrasive blasters.


Smart Box Tracks Abrasive Work

A new abrasive-blasting monitoring system tracks live blasting time from remote locations, Marco Group International reports.


Ship Blasting Sparks Fire, Toxic Fumes

Lead- and arsenic-laced smoke sent 16 San Diego shipyard workers to the hospital after a fire started during abrasive blasting operations Thursday (Nov. 21), officials said.


Guyson Acquires Automated Blasting

Blast equipment maker Guyson Corp. of U.S.A. is staking a new claim in the wet-blast field with the acquisition of Automated Blasting Systems Inc. of Windsor, CT, the companies have announce...


OSHA Cites Air Force Sanding Operation

Toxic chemical exposures during paint-removal operations have once again landed an air base in trouble with federal health and safety authorities.


Judge Orders EPA to Act on Coal Ash

After years without action, a federal judge has dropped the hammer on the Environmental Protection Agency to make up its mind on regulating coal waste.


OSHA Seeks Money Trail in Silica Debate

Individuals and organizations who want to comment on a federal proposal to limit silica exposure are being asked to disclose their funding sources and any conflicts of interest—reportedly a ...


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

Opponents of a proposed federal rule to limit worker exposure to silica are lashing out over the proposal's time frame, calling the Dec. 11 comment deadline “virtually impossible” to meet.


$71M Spent Before Navy Scrapped Sub

The U.S. Navy spent $71 million trying to repair a nuclear sub torched by a painter before deciding to scrap the vessel, a new report states.


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


LED Gun Light Made for Blasting Work

Larson Electronics, a supplier of explosion-proof lighting equipment, has unveiled an LED blasting-gun light built for abusive operating conditions.


U.S. Proposes New Silica Limits

Federal regulators have finally released a long-awaited—and certain to be controversial—proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, widely used in construction, painting and abr...


Bids Sought for CO Tank Painting

The City of Glenwood Springs, CO, is seeking bids to repair, clean and recoat the interior of one of the city's 500,000-gallon water storage tanks.


Bids Invited for Water Tank Contract

The City of Ludington, MI, is accepting bids for a full-service, 10-year tank maintenance and asset program for the Brye Road water storage tank.


Contract Awarded for Coast Guard Boat

A U.S. Coast Guard navigation vessel will be cleaned and recoated as part of a recently awarded $63,000 contract.


Tacoma Awards $217K Coating Job

A Washington State contractor who was the sole bidder on an industrial coating project in Tacoma, WA, has been green-lighted for the job.


Painting of 5 Tanks Up for Bid

A water utility in Maryland is inviting bids for cleaning, lead abatement and recoating of four hydro-pneumatic storage tanks and one elevated water tank in California, MD.


Contractor Invited to Make a Splash

Collier County, FL, is seeking an SSPC-QP 1 certified contractor to paint and renovate a water slide at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park in Naples, FL.


At 81, Sydney Bridge Preps for Facelift

Q: How many painters does it take to paint a coat hanger? A: 50, when the hanger in question is the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Blasting Helmet Helps Keep Users Cool

A new blasting helmet from protective equipment maker Bullard offers wearers a lighter, cooler fit, the company says.


Bids Invited for Coating 10 Tanks

The City of Bartlett, TN, is seeking maintenance and inspection services for 10 steel tanks in the city’s water system over the course of 10 years.


SSPC Updates Mineral Abrasive Spec

An expanded list of abrasives and clarification of testing responsibilities are among the new updates to an abrasive specification from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


2 Burned in Blast Operation Explosion

Two workers have been critically burned in explosions at an Oklahoma abrasive blasting and coating plant that may have been operating unlawfully, authorities say.


$17.5M Ship Museum Work Awarded

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has awarded a $17.5 million contract to Taylor Brothers Marine Construction Co., of Wilmington, NC, for upkeep of the Battleship USS Texas.


Shipyard Moguls Held in Grit Dumping

The owner of a major Italian shipyard, his son and five employees have been arrested in a blasting waste trafficking scheme that has been under investigation for two years.


Coating Facility Hit With Repeat Fines

A Georgia industrial coatings contractor is facing repeated federal safety violations for allegedly allowing painters to be exposed to—and eat in areas laced with—hexavalent chromium.


Blasting Fire Hits Twice-Torched Sub

Just days after a shipyard painter was sentenced for setting two fires aboard a drydocked nuclear sub, fire crews responded this week to a new fire caused by abrasive blasting on the ship.


Free Webinar Tackles Blasting Safety

Protecting abrasive blasters in their dangerous work will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


New Rule to Protect Ship Whistleblowers

Shipboard painters, blasters and other workers will soon have new federal protection from retaliation over complaints about their working conditions, under interim final rules issued by the ...


Coating, Prep Projects on Deck at NSRP

From blasting protocols and best practices, to lasers and mechanical arms, leading experts are pursuing a range of projects to make ship coatings and surface preparation projects easier, che...


Free eBook Tackles Abrasive Selection

Choosing the best of many current abrasives options for a coating project is the focus of a new, free, expert-written eBook from JPCL.


$2.3M Awarded for Coronado Bridge

A big section of San Diego's scenic Coronado Bay Bridge is in for a $2.3 million facelift by Certified Coatings, of Concord, CA.


$31M Awarded for MD Bridge Job

Liberty-Alpha III J.V., LLC, of Campbell, OH, has been awarded a $31,380,000 contract to clean and paint structural steel on a portion of Maryland's Memorial Bay Bridge, over Chesapeake Bay....


$17.6M ‘Big Mac’ Painting Contract Let

Atsalis Bros. Painting Co. has won a contract valued at $17.6 million to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the Mackinac Bridge.


EPA Withdraws New Cadmium Rule

Under pressure from producers, the U.S. government has reversed a brand-new rule that would have increased safety disclosure requirements for products containing cadmium, used in some protec...


OSHA Fines Firm in Blaster's Death

A fatal labeling error that led an abrasive blaster to hook his supplied-air hood to nitrogen gas rather than oxygen will cost a West Virginia employer $42,700 in federal health and safety f...


Cleveland Seeks Station Facelift Bids

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is inviting bids for platform repairs and coating work at two rail stations.


Bids Invited for ‘Big Mac’ Painting

The Michigan Department of Transportation is accepting bids to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the Mackinac Bridge.


OH Painter Awarded $25M Bridge Contract

Louisiana officials have awarded a $25,137,642 contract to North Star Painting of Youngstown, OH, for the second phase of painting on the 8,236-foot-long Sunshine Bridge.


Painter Did Not Tie Off, Employer Says

A bridge painter who drowned after falling from the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Washington State had been wearing a harness but had not tied off, his employer said Tuesday (Nov. 6).


Repair Bids Sought for 1885 Lighthouse

The Delaware Office of Management and Budget is inviting bids until Nov. 16 for repairs and recoating work on the historic Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse in Lewes, DE.


Shipyard to Get Sole-Source Coating Job

Washington State Ferries intends to award a sole-source contract to drydock and repair the Jumbo Class ferry MV Spokane.


MD Rebidding $10+M Nice Bridge Project

The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept bids Nov. 20 for repairs, cleaning and painting on the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge—a contract now valued at $10 million to $15 million.


Out of Kazakhstan: Wilson Comes Home

After four years in Kazakhstan on the world’s largest oil and gas project, JPCL Top Thinker Lee Wilson has returned home to the UK with a new position.


CA Seeks Bids for $2.3M Bridge Painting

Having just let a project to relocate a suspended deck system on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, California transportation officials are now inviting bids to paint four spans on the bridge—a ...


USACE Awards $18M ND Dam Painting

S&S Coatings Inc., of Spokane, WA, has been awarded an $18,271,224 contract to clean and recoat the 28 spillway gates at the Garrison Dam in central North Dakota.


Pirate Brand Launches New Pipe Blaster

Pirate Brand has rolled out the Typhoon Pipe Blasting System, which does not use leather seals or require constant adjustment.


Historic Footbridge Restoration Let

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $42,460 contract to ACE Coatings Unlimited Inc. of Cottage Grove, OR, to restore the historic Benson Bridge.


BlastPro Bows Blasting/Collector Combo

BlastPro Manufacturing has introduced a combination blasting unit and dust collector for medium and large projects.


Industrial Painting Committee Seeks Members

SSPC’s venerable Industrial Painting Committee has appointed new leadership and is seeking new member companies.


Gritco Unveils New Blasting Helmet

Blasting and cleaning equipment maker Gritco has introduced a new helmet designed for more comfort, less fatigue, better protection, and improved productivity.


EPA OKs Cleanup at Navy Superfund Site

Contamination from paint, blasting and other activities will finally be cleaned up at the Naval Submarine Base-New London Superfund Site in Groton, CT, under a Navy plan newly approved by th...


Toxic Shipyard Finally Set for Cleanup

An old Oregon shipyard loaded with toxic paint and blast waste—one of the most contaminated sites in the United States—is finally on the road to a cleanup.


IUPAT Opens $3.5M Training Facility

The world’s largest painters’ union has launched a $3.5 million facility that aims to be the country’s premiere training site for industrial, commercial and residential painters and related ...


$22M Driscoll Bridge Painting Awarded

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has awarded a $22,289,395 contract for repairing and repainting the Driscoll Memorial Bridge—the world’s widest bridge—to Allied Painting Inc., of Franklinv...


Free Webinar Touts Tips for Blasting QC

The secrets of top-notch performance in abrasive blasting will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


Containing Everything—Except His Enthusiasm

Long before the protective coatings industry had any serious notion of containment, or ventilation, or industrial hygiene, it had Phil Calvo.


Painting Contractor Settles Lead Case

An Ohio industrial painting and blasting contractor with a long-unblemished safety record has tentatively settled its first federal case for a sharply reduced fine.


Free New eBook Delivers Latest on Corrosion Coatings

The newest leading-edge coatings technology for controlling corrosion is the focus of a new, free eBook just published by JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


All Hands Make New Museum Ship-Shape

With every inch of her 887-foot length gleaming in fresh coating, the legendary battleship USS Iowa is ready for its newest mission as Southern California’s newest maritime museum.


FL Contractor Wins $1.5M WV Bridge Job

A Florida painting contractor has bested 14 other bidders to win a $1.5 million contract to clean and recoat West Virginia’s David Morgan Memorial Bridge over the Monongahela River.


Bridge Painter Loses Lead Case Appeal

A federal commission has three words of advice for bridge painting contractors who are blasting off old lead-based coatings: Monitor, monitor, monitor.


Harsco Unveils its 1st Glass Abrasive

Breaking a tradition that dates back generations, Harsco Metals & Minerals has introduced its first-ever crushed-glass abrasive for a range of surface preparation applications.


314 TX Painters, Blasters Win Back Pay

Hundreds of painters and blasters have recouped back pay from a Texas industrial painting contractor, after federal authorities determined that the workers had been cheated of earnings.


Blast-One Acquires Tecor Finishing

Blast-One International, provider of abrasives, blasting and coating equipment, is expanding its reach into spray technology with the acquisition of Tecor Finishing Solutions.


Bids Sought for Cape Cod Bridge Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting bids for cleaning and recoating of Massachusetts’ Sagamore Bridge over Cape Cod Canal—a contract estimated at up to $10 million.


Storied OH Bridge Contract Awarded

An historic bridge in Ohio will celebrate its centennial a few years early by receiving a new paint job.


Explosions, Fire Gut PA Blasting Firm

A Western Pennsylvania abrasive blasting and paint firm is a total loss after several explosions started a fire that leveled the business this week.


Free Webinar Tackles Abrasives Choice

Narrowing down the vast field of abrasives options—a major factor in the success and cost of coating projects—will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


Coating Claims a Superhero Substrate

Note to self: Submarine paint is for submarines. Face paint is for faces. When in doubt, check the MSDS.


Fire Training Site Seeks Painting Bids

Any structure that is constantly on fire consumes a lot of paint, and Brayton Fire Training Field—the world’s largest live-fueled firefighter training facility—is no exception.


Delays to Cost Bridge Project $11M

The good news: A Mississippi River bridge painting project that was funded in 2009 and set to be completed in 2011 is finally about to begin. The bad news: The delays will add more than 4...


Navy Aims to Retire Surface Prep Grind

U.S. Navy sailors have been scraping paint off ships for a couple hundred years. Enough, the Navy now says.


Workers Get Help to Beat Deadly Heat

Outdoor work in the summer is not just difficult; laboring under hoods, respirators, gloves and other protective gear, it can be deadly.


Larson Adds 2 Scaffold-Mounted Lights

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has introduced two new scaffold-mounted work lights for industrial painting, abrasive blasting, shipyard work and other applications.


Marco Acquires BGRS Equipment Inventory

Blasting and painting equipment supplier Marco has acquired the rental equipment inventory of BGRS Inc., which provides environmental control equipment to the coating industry.


Paint Bids Sought for Historic Bridge

Sandusky County, OH, will accept bids May 17 for cleaning and recoating of the historic (and reportedly haunted) Tindall Bridge over the Sandusky River—a contract estimated at more than $1.1...


Harness Designed for Painters, Blasters

MSA has introduced a new full-body construction harness designed for comfort and ease of use in painting, abrasive blasting, confined space and other applications.


NY Drift Vessel to Get $572K Facelift

A Staten Island contractor has been awarded a $572,100 contract to refurbish the DCV Driftmaster, one of three New York District drift collection vessels that patrol New York and New Jersey ...


RPB Unveils ‘Ultimate’ Respirator

RPB Safety, a global provider of respiratory protection equipment, has introduced the Nova 3 series respirator, billed as the “ultimate heavy industry respirator” for abrasive blasting.


$4.2M PA Bridge Rehab Awarded

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded North Star Painting Co., of Youngstown, OH, a $4.2 million contract to rehabilitate the Parker Bridge over the Allegheny River.


Axxiom Partners on New Asia Venture

Axxiom Manufacturing Inc. and Australia-based Total Abrasion have teamed up to launch Total Schmidt, a new Malaysia-based venture that will serve the Asia Pacific surface preparation industr...


New Boeing Paint Saves Injuries, Time

Boeing has teamed up with Australia’s national science agency to produce an aircraft paint and application process that has not only saved millions of dollars, but also reduced painter injur...


Pre-Treat Fights Rust, Lightens Prep

NEI Corp. has completed development of Nanomyte PT-20, a chromate-free pretreatment designed to improve the adhesion and corrosion resistance of painted steel while reducing surface preparat...


Suit Pressures EPA to Rule on Coal Ash

Environmental and public health groups have filed a federal lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to complete its long-stalled rule on disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals (C...


Beyond Botox: Tunnels Due for Facelift

Bids are being invited for Malibu’s movie-star mountain tunnels, which are in need of a makeover before their next close-up.


Painters Spot Crack that Closes Bridge

The last phase of a highway reconstruction project became the first phase of a bridge repair job this week when a sharp-eyed bridge painting crew discovered a six-foot-long crack in a suppor...


Green Bay Bridge Rehab Up for Bid

Wisconsin transportation officials will open bids April 10 for cleaning and rehabilitating Green Bay’s iconic Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge.


Gritco Nozzles Lined to Resist Wear

Gritco Equipment BV, the Dutch maker of blasting and cleaning equipment, has introduced the Gritco BC series nozzles with wear-resistant boron carbide lining.


OSHA Fines OH Coating Contractor $88K

An Ohio industrial and military coatings applicator is facing 26 federal health and safety violations and $88,200 in fines for spray booth violations, combustible dust hazards and other issu...


NSRP Eyes Lasers, Lessons, Real Risks

Laser-powered coating removal, real-life confined-space risks, and lessons from foreign shipyards will all be the focus of research projects newly funded by the National Shipbuilding Researc...


JPCL Offers Free Blast Cleaning eBook

Achieving Efficiency in Abrasive Blast Cleaning—an expert-written compilation focusing on this critical issue in protective coating success—is the focus of a new, free eBook just published b...


Painter Closes after OSHA Citations

A Florida aluminum coating and blasting operation has closed its door in the face of 37 new federal safety and health citations and a fine of nearly $140,000.


Abrasives Maker Opens 2 CA Plants

Novetas Solutions LLC has opened two plants in California to produce its crushed-glass abrasive.


Bids Sought for WA Iron Bridge Painting

The City of Spokane, WA, will accept bids April 2 for coating work as part of the rehabilitation of the city’s historic Iron Bridge over the Spokane River.


MA Probes Late-Night Harbor Blasting

A New England painting contractor has landed in hot water after allegedly conducting uncontained late-night abrasive blasting in a Massachusetts harbor on St. Patrick’s Day.


Free Webinar Tackles Better Blasting

The secrets of more productive, safer abrasive blasting will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Coast Guard Nixes a Bridge Too Low

Longstanding plans for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River are suddenly on hold, as the Coast Guard has ruled that the structure planned is too low—a design issue that could ad...


OSHA Probe, Draft Rule Target Beryllium

Worker exposure to the toxic metal beryllium is drawing new attention, as federal authorities probe labeling compliance by some abrasives manufacturers and the beryllium industry itself prop...


White House Readies Coal Ash Evaluation

As the abrasive blasting industry awaits long-stalled federal regulations on Coal Combustion Residuals, the Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its desire to keep hands off CCR pr...


Sources Sought for $10M Bridge Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking qualified veteran, HUB Zone and other contractors to clean and recoat Cape Cod’s Sagamore Bridge—a contract estimated at up to $10 million.


New LED Light Mounts on Blasting Gun

Magnalight.com, from Larson Electronics, has introduced an explosion-proof LED light designed to be mounted to any standard industrial blasting gun.


Vigor to Acquire Alaska Ship & Drydock

Alaska Ship and Drydock Inc. (ASD) will become part of Vigor Industrial, under an acquisition plan announced this week by both companies.


Bids Sought for Spillway Gate Painting

The Tarrant Regional Water District will accept bids Feb. 8 for Phase II painting and refurbishing work on the Richland Chamber Reservoir Spillway Gates in Fort Worth, TX.


Blasting Accident Kills Shipyard Worker

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a 66-year-old Mississippi shipyard worker in an accident involving abrasive blast equipment.


1-Part Steel Coating Does Dual Duty

Vibol Coatings of Belgium has introduced a water-based, one-component, zinc-rich protective coating for the protection of blasted steel.


Action Set on Silica, Confined Space

Long-delayed federal standards on crystalline silica, confined-space work, hazard communications and other critical industry issues will see action in 2012, according to the Occupational Saf...


Disclosures Urged on Abrasive Beryllium

Federal safety authorities have failed to enforce a law requiring manufacturers of coal-slag abrasive to disclose levels of beryllium in their product, consumer advocate Public Citizen conte...


ASTM Revises Measurement, Fog Chamber Standards

Measuring the surface profile of blast-cleaned steel and operating procedures for salt spray (fog) apparatus are the subjects of two standards recently revised by ASTM International.


New Painting, Blasting Lights Unveiled

Larson Electronics has introduced several new lighting options for industrial and commercial painting and blast cleaning operations.


LA Seeks Bids for $70M Bridge Painting

The Louisiana Department of Transportation will open bids Jan. 11 for the first phase of painting and repairs on the mile-long Huey P. Long Bridge in Baton Rouge—a project estimated at $70 m...


USACE Lets WA Spillway Weir Painting

Extreme Coatings Inc., of Pasco, WA, will perform the cleaning and coating of the McNary Top Spillway Weir in Walla Walla, WA.


PA Awards $31M Mansfield Bridge Rehab

A Pittsburgh contractor has been green-lighted for a $31 million project to recoat and rehab the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge over the Monongahela River.


Limits on Ship Coating Emissions Expand

After years of delay, federal emissions limits on shipyard coating operations are now in effect 24/7, in the wake of a new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency.


AIHA Demands Release of Silica Rule

The federal government has announced yet another delay in its long-stalled rule on crystalline silica exposure, sparking objections and questions from health and safety experts.


Tank Coating, Inspection Bids Sought

The Hartford (CT) Metropolitan District will open bids Dec. 15 for coatings and related work on eight existing steel water storage tanks at six district sites, and for a third-party coatings...


Bids Invited for $60M PA Tunnel Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will open bids Dec. 15 for the long-awaited rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Tunnel—a project estimated at up to $60 million.


Opta Tampa Office Wins Marketing Award

Opta Minerals Tampa has received the 2011 Best of Tampa Award in the Painting & Sandblasting Contractors category from the U.S. Commerce Association.


Abrasive Made to Cut Waste, Hike Speed

Blast-One International has rolled out Speedblast abrasive for the industrial blasting and painting industry—a blast medium designed to reduce consumption and increase speed.


Shipbuilder Again Runs Afoul of OSHA

Four months after settling one federal safety case involving 21 violations, a Texas shipbuilder has been hit with 25 new citations and a $150,700 fine.


WI Paint/Blast Shop Draws 42 Citations

A longtime Wisconsin painting and blasting contractor is facing 42 federal citations and $50,140 in fines for a wide variety of health and safety violations, including some first cited in 20...


Sponge-Jet Relocates, Expands Training

Sponge-Jet Inc., global manufacturer of reusable abrasive blasting media and equipment, has moved its corporate headquarters and Training and Technology Center, tripling its facility size an...


MO Firm Gains $2.1M Basin Coating Job

Genesis Environmental Solutions, of Blue Springs, MO, has been awarded a $2,121,586 contract to clean and coat steel mechanisms in four clarifier basins, two ground storage tanks, and other...


JPCL Coatings eBook Series Coming Soon

Surface preparation, inspection, environmental controls and more will be among the topics of a new series of eBooks to be published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings planned ...


DOD Funds Free SSPC Training

Free SSPC training in specifying, inspection, coatings removal, abrasive blasting and other topics is now available to military personnel under a new contract with the Department of Defense ...


Shot-blasting Cabinet Has Dual Stations

Guyson Corp. has introduced a wide-body industrial pressure-blast cabinet with two work stations, each with a viewing window and independently adjustable blast nozzle.


Blast Media Maker Gets $200K Infusion

A Philadelphia-based manufacturer of alternative blast media will share in more than $1 million in investments into early-stage companies by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern ...


House Makes End Run on Coal Ash Rules

Thrusting quickly to parry stiffer federal rules, the House has approved a bill that would allow states to regulate coal ash from power plants as if it were municipal garbage, not hazardous ...


Forecast Withdraws Axxiom Patent Suit

Blast equipment maker Forecast Sales has dropped its “False Marking” patent lawsuit against competitor Axxiom Manufacturing, saying a recent overhaul in the U.S. Patent Code has rendered the...


Harsco Launches Copper Abrasive

Harsco Minerals has introduced a new surface-preparation abrasive, made from recycled material, to the Southeastern U.S.


Free Webinar to Focus on Blast QC

Assuring quality control of abrasive blast cleaning—critical to the success of protective coatings projects—will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Navy Awards $1.78M Containment Contract

A Texas contractor has won a $1.78 million Navy contract to build an environmental containment structure for abrasive blasting of submarines at the Puget Sound (WA) Naval Shipyard.


Boatyard Cited in Fatal Flash Fire

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 40 federal citations and a $221,200 fine to a Texas boat repair facility in a confined-space flash fire that killed two workers i...


Bridge Painter Fined $5,600 in 2nd Death

A Pennsylvania industrial painting contractor has agreed to pay a $5,600 fine to resolve a federal safety citation issued after an employee fell to his death on a worksite.


Blastrac Powers Up Global Shot Blaster

Blastrac N.A. has introduced a new, more powerful 500E Global portable shotblast cleaning system.


‘Green’ Blasting Tool Uses No Grit

MONTI has introduced the MBX Bristle Blaster, a lightweight, handheld power tool designed to provide the same texture and cleanliness as grit blasting without hazardous materials or addition...


Bridge Repair Work Draws $83,160 Fine

A New Jersey contractor has been accused of 12 serious federal safety violations and fined $83,160 for conditions on a bridge repair project in Princeton.


Never-Ending Paint Job Nears an End

The world’s iconic unending job—the painting of Scotland’s legendary Forth Bridge—is about to end.


$5 Million Bridge Painting Up for Bid

Bids will be accepted Sept. 9 for painting and related work on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers swing bridge in Rock Island, IL—a painting contract valued at up to $5 million.


Larson Unveils Light for Blasting

Larson Electronics has introduced the high-powered Magnalight BL40-LED Blasting Light, designed to withstand the demanding conditions found in sand, water and media blasting operations.


CO Helmet Monitor Protects Blasters

The CMS-3 Carbon Monoxide Monitor, new from Clemco Industries Corp., is the first in-helmet-mounted monitor approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for use in C...


OSHA Slaps AFB Painting, Blast Shops

Painters, blasters and sanders at Hill Air Force Base are working with excessive noise, lack of respiratory protection, lack of training, and excessive exposures to cadmium, hexavalent chrom...


Industrial Vacuum Opens Online Store

Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp. has launched a new website with expanded offerings and a new online parts store.


New Museum Ship Rides Waves of History, Generosity

Raising a child just takes a village. Renovating the world’s largest bulk freighter for a new 100-year life takes battalions of painters, materials and equipment suppliers, sheet-metal worke...


Booths Make Paint, Blast Work Flexible

Montreal-based Chamtech Systems has expanded its selection of retractable enclosures to include flexible workspace for paint and sandblast applications.


EPA Issues More Coal Ash Safety Plans

While the Environmental Protection Agency remains tight-lipped on its proposed rule for coal ash, the agency has released action plans by 20 electric utility facilities with 70 coal ash impo...


CA Powerplant Painting Up for Bid

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will accept bids June 9 for cleaning and coating on California’s Stampede Power Plant and Switchyard—a painting contract estimated at $100,000 to $250,000.


MSA Bows Abrasive Blasting Respirator

The Advantage 4000 Abrasi-Blast Respirator, new from MSA Safety Works, provides respiratory and upper body protection during abrasive blasting for workers in shipbuilding, the construction i...


Paint Blasting Mishap Kills MT Worker

Authorities are investigating the death of a Montana man who was struck in the head and killed by a part from an abrasive blasting machine while he was removing paint.


EPA Expands Ship Coating Emission Reg; New Abrasives Rule Likely

Ship coating operations will no longer get a break from federal emissions rules during start-ups, shutdowns and malfunctions, under an impending rule by the Environmental Protection Agency.


$7.9M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

The California Department of Transportation will open bids May 18 for recoating and related work on three bascule bridges in the Sacramento area.


Bridge Painting Draws $207K OSHA Fine

An Ohio industrial painting contractor faces $207,200 in fines and multiple federal citations for allegedly failing to provide fall protection and water safety measures for bridge blasters a...


New OSHA Silica Rules Looming

New federal rules tightening workplace exposure limits and other requirements involving respirable crystalline silica are expected soon, likely bringing major changes for the coatings indust...


Blasters Boast New Safety Innovations

Axxiom Manufacturing Inc. has unveiled several significant new safety features as standard on its line of Schmidt brand bulk abrasive blast equipment.


Auditors Rap EPA on CCR Risk Studies

For the second time in five months, Environmental Protection Agency auditors have taken the agency to task for its risk assessment practices and statements regarding the safety of Coal Combu...


Paint Waste to Land Shipyard on Superfund List

Open piles of paint and blasting grit, a burn pit of toxic solvents, and river contaminants more than 500 times the acceptable level have made an Oregon shipyard a candidate for the federal ...


Spillway Painting Ends After Cleanup

Dust and debris from blasting and painting at the Bonnet Carré Spillway outside New Orleans were cleaned up and captured in the final days of the project, state officials say.


Antifouling Boasts 9% Fuel Savings

International Paint has introduced an antifouling coating that purports to significantly reduce emissions and fuel costs by reducing hull roughness.


AZ Dam Blasting, Priming Up for Bid

Bids will be accepted March 3 for abrasive-blast cleaning and shop-priming of more than 100,000 square feet of deck plates on generators at the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, AZ.


LA Orders Cleanup, Capture at Spillway

The State of Louisiana has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its painting contractor to clean up the dust and debris being generated by open-air blasting on the Bonnet Carré Spill...


LA Investigating Uncontained Coating Project

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is investigating practices used to strip and recoat the Bonnet Carré Spillway, saying the project should have employed some method to captur...


Uncontained Blast Medium OK’d for Gulf Coast Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the use of a recycled-glass blast medium without containment for a coating project along the Gulf Coast.


Bids Sought for USCG Cutter Painting

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will accept bids Jan. 31 for coating and other dockside maintenance and repairs on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher, docked in Atlantic Beach, ...


Cold Jet Aids Auschwitz Preservation

Poland has turned to Cold Jet LLC and ACP Group in an effort to preserve artifacts from the Auschwitz concentration camps, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, and State Museum in Oswiecim.


Transfield Services Awarded $67.6M Paint, Maintenance Contract

Transfield Services, an Australia-based global provider of infrastructure services, has secured two new defense industry contracts totaling $67.6 million (US) for coatings, blasting and rela...


Rehab Awarded for CA’s Highest Bridge

Golden State Bridge Inc. of Martinez, CA, has been awarded a $58,374,849 contract by Placer County (CA) to rehabilitate the Foresthill Road Bridge, which towers 730 feet above the North Fork...


Tank Coating, Blasting Studies Win NSRP Grants

Research on “single coat” tank coatings and “spot and sweep” blasting are among the potential cost-saving measures to be evaluated with grants from the National Shipbuilding Research Program...


Suit Alleges Blasting Equipment Patent Fraud

Forecast Sales, maker of Pirate Brand abrasive blasting parts and equipment, has filed suit against Axxiom Manufacturing Inc., accusing its competitor of false patent marking.


Contractor Clouds PA Town with Lead Paint Dust

A Pennsylvania town is grappling with potentially serious contamination of its air, water and residents after a contractor unleashed “clouds” of uncontained lead-based paint dust while blast...


$9.9M TX Bridge Coating Work Awarded

The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded Intech Contracting LLC of Lexington, KY, a $9,987,560 contract to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the Martin Luther King Jr. ...


OSHA Fines Abrasives Maker, Widens Probe

Reports of dust-covered workers and other hazards at a U.S. Minerals plant in Illinois have led federal authorities to propose a $466,400 fine against the company and initiate inspections at...


Blasters Widen Cleaning Path, Increase Control

BlastPro Manufacturing has released two new products: the BPZ-20-360, with 20-inch blast pattern, and the BP-505 horizontal steel shot blaster.


Abrasives Exec Joins Harsco; Gaco Taps VP

Harsco Minerals has appointed Dominic DeAngelo as Product Manager of Abrasives and Roofing, while Pat Hatem has become a Vice President for Gaco Western.


New Units Provide Vertical Blasting

SPE International has rolled out a new series of Vertical Blast Machines, designed for storage tanks, hulls and other vertical steel surfaces.


Guyson Rolls Out Robotic Gritblasting System

Guyson Corp. has introduced a robotic gritblasting system designed to offer consistent production of a specific surface roughness on a wide variety of complex-shaped components.


Proposed Rule for Power Plants Generates Questions for Coatings, Other Industries

The EPA seeks comments on two proposed options for regulating residuals from coal-burning electric utilities while retaining the EPA-determined beneficial use exemption status of the residua...


ASTM Seeks Labs for Surface Study

ASTM International and its Committee D01.46 on Industrial Protective Coatings are seeking laboratories to participate in an inter-lab study on measurement of certain abrasive blast-cleaned s...


Barton Mines Names Regional Sales Manager

Barton Mines Company, a manufacturer of garnet abrasives for waterjet cutting and blast media, named Rick Miller regional sales manager for the Northwest region. Miller will serve customers ...


AGSCO Expands Service for Blasting Equipment

AGSCO Corp., an industrial minerals and abrasive blasting equipment distributor based in Chicago and northern New Jersey, has recently upgraded and expanded its service departments in both t...


Recycled-Glass Abrasive Gets Nod from Navy

Novetas Solutions LLC announced that a new production facility for its abrasive product New Age Blast Media® has been added to the Department of the Navy’s Qualified Product Listing under MI...


Axxiom Lawsuit Targets Competitor Forecast Sales

Axxiom Manufacturing Inc., a major manufacturer of abrasive blast equipment, has filed suit against afttermarket abrasive-blast equipment company Forecast Sales, alleging “deceptive business...


OSHA Asked to Ban Silica in Abrasive Blasting

The International Safety Equipment Association and the Risk and Insurance Management Society have petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prohibit the use of silica i...


 
 
   

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