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No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

Safety investigators are blaming human error, not the employer, in the death of a bridge worker last fall in Oregon.


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.


New System Blamed in Ink Dust Blast

A squeal, sizzle, whoosh and loud thump—not an alarm from a brand-new dust collection system—heralded a blast and flash fire that burned seven employees, three severely, at a New Jersey ink ...


Marco Doubles Dust Collector Line

A smaller electric model and a mid-range option have joined Marco's line of Dustmaster dust collection equipment.


Paint 'Geyser' Raises River Fear

A broken sewer line spewed yellow paint into West Virginia's Elk River, touching off fears of a chemical leak in the area.


Fatality, Wind Close OR Bridge

A coastal bridge in southern Oregon has reopened after the death of a worker and the discovery of damage to a massive containment structure—two incidents that happened within hours of each o...


WV Bidding 3 Major Bridge Jobs

Two bridge coating contracts and one rehabilitation contract are all available for bidding from the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WV DOT).


CSB: Corroded Tanks Were Not Inspected

Severe corrosion damage unchecked by adequate inspections likely caused a January chemical spill that left nearly 300,000 West Virginians without drinking water for almost a week, according ...


Seattle Awards $2.8M Bridge Painting

A $2.88 million contract to clean and recoat structural steel on the 502-foot-long Fremont Bridge in Seattle has been awarded to Purcell Painting and Coatings of Tukwila, WA.


‘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.


Free Video Covers Ambient Conditions

Measuring ambient conditions—one of the most important steps before final surface preparation and coating application—is the focus of a new installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Cen...


Tank Coating Work up for Bid

The City of Williamsburg, VA, is seeking contractors to bid on the interior and exterior cleaning, repair and recoating of two existing elevated storage tanks and one ground storage tank—a p...


Containment Safety Opens Video Series

Assuring proper ventilation inside containment, a life-or-death issue, kicks off a new PaintSquare Video Learning Center educational series.


WV Tank Leak Under Federal Scrutiny

Nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents were readying for a sixth straight day without water after a chemical leaked through a one-inch hole in a steel tank and escaped through a concrete sec...


$4.7M Awarded for PA Bridge Rehab

A Pennsylvania painting contractor has received a $4.7 million contract to rehabilitate the 81-year-old Citizens Bridge in Kittanning, PA.


$11M Bridge Painting Awarded

The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded an $11,981,648 contract to Geronimo Painting Co. Inc., of Lisbon, OH, to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the North...


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.


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.


Bridge Mishap Leaves Painters Hanging

Two bridge painters can thank their fall protection for saving their lives after a support platform gave way and left them dangling from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in New York.


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.


Painter Electrocuted on Bridge Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker on a Kentucky bridge painting project that has been fast-tracked for early completion.


WA Dam Gate Painting Up for Bid

Industrial painting bids are now being accepted for coating and related work on the Lake Chelan Dam in central Washington.


NIOSH Urges Nano Exposure Limits

Nanotechnology holds great promise for paints and coatings, but those microscopic carbon nanotubes and fibers may also carry large risks for workers exposed to them, federal health officials...


Bids Invited for WV Bridge Painting

The second and final phase of cleaning and painting work on West Virginia's Hospital Bridge is now up for bid, following the project's $2.4 million first phase.


$10M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

The Blue Bridge will bring $10,070,000 in green to an Ohio painting contractor, under a newly awarded cleaning and coating contract.


Maine Awards $2M+ Bridge Painting

Maine's Joshua L. Chamberlain Bridge, named for the state's famous Civil War son, will be getting a $2.1 million facelift from Olympus Painting Contractors Inc., of Tarpon Springs, FL.


Alameda Seeks Takers for Historic Crane

Still scraping for Valentine's Day ideas? Here's an opportunity to gift your love with something historic.


$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.


Structure Awards Show Coating's Best

SAN ANTONIO—The daring, the durable, the difficult, and the dazzling took center stage Monday at SSPC 2013, as the coatings society opened its annual show with the Seventh Annual Structure A...


USACE Awards $2.6M in Bridge, Dam Work

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $2.6 million contract to a Tennessee firm to rehabilitate the Canton Lake Bridge and four sluice gates at the Canton Dam in Canton, OK.


Pol’s Painting Backfires in Lead Snafu

From the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Dept.: A frustrated Australian politician’s determination to paint his local bridge may have ended with lead paint contamination in the river below.


Historic Graffiti Restored at Alcatraz

Usually, painting graffiti on a historic landmark would invite a hefty fine, if not some time behind bars. But when the water tower on Alcatraz Island got a fresh paint job, the National Par...


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.


Bridge Painter Loses Lifeline Appeal

An Ohio bridge painting company that challenged access to federal safety inspectors on a follow-up visit to a job site has lost its appeal of the case.


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 ...


New, Free JPCL eBook Focuses on DH

JPCL has announced its newest eBook, Dehumidification and Other Environmental Controls for Coating Projects—an expert-written compilation of articles on the critical conditions...


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 ...


Navy Takes 3rd Strike on Storage Tanks

For the third time this year, the U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a fine to settle federal allegations of management lapses regarding underground storage tanks at one of its facilities.


JPCL Premieres Industry’s Top Thinkers

Want a personal introduction to 24 of the best and brightest in the protective and marine coatings industry? JPCL’s Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors, a new special issue by JPCL: Journal ...


Coating Begins on 1970 Nuke Building

A cracking, 42-year-old concrete building that shields the steel containment vessel at Ohio’s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant is finally receiving a weatherproofing protective coating.


WV DOT Awards $2.4M Bridge Painting

An Ohio industrial painting contractor has been awarded a $2.4 million contract for the first phase of cleaning and painting on West Virginia’s Hospital Bridge over Wheeling Creek.


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.


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.


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.


LA Firm Awarded $2.1M Bridge Painting

Two historic Baton Rouge vertical lift bridges are in for a makeover, under a cleaning and recoating contract just awarded to a longtime local contractor.


2 SD Dam Rehab Projects Up for Bid

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept bids June 27 for the multimillion-dollar rehabilitation of spillway gates at Fort Randall Dam and Big Bend Dam in South Dakota.


Containment, Exposures Draw $163K Fine

Paint stripper hazards, inadequate paint-area fire extinguishers, lack of training and MSDS, and widespread lack of respiratory and personal protection have led to 30 citations and a $163,22...


New Bids Sought for IA Bridge Painting

The Iowa Department of Transportation is inviting a second round of bids for abrasive-blast cleaning and repainting of the Black Hawk Bridge over the upper Mississippi River.


Golden Gate Bridge Blows Out 75 Candles

Her facelift is still incomplete, but the grand dame of American bridges is celebrating her 75th birthday in high style anyway.


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...


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.


Firms Cited in Border Scaffold Failure

Three contractors have been cited in a massive scaffolding collapse that crushed cars and injured motorists and employees at California’s San Ysidro border crossing in September.


Crash Gores NYC Bridge Containment

The Coast Guard is investigating a crane crash that tore a 20-foot gash Tuesday night in a longstanding coating containment system underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.


NJ Awards 8-Bridge Painting Contract

A New Jersey painting contractor has been awarded a maintenance contract valued at nearly $2.5 million to clean and coat eight bridges in South Jersey.


Nuclear Cracks Tied to Lack of Coating

A decision decades ago to forego an exterior weatherproof coating on an Ohio nuclear containment building left it vulnerable to weathering that eventually caused the 2.5-foot-thick reinforce...


3rd Worker Killed at Wastewater Plant

A third worker has perished at a Tennessee wastewater treatment plant while working to remove the wreckage that fatally crushed two other men last April.


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.


ME Bridge Painting Far Below Estimate

Painting of Maine’s Memorial Bridge in Augusta will cost the state about half what it had expected, under a contract awarded recently.


PG&E to Pay $3.6M in Chromium 6 Case

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $3.6 million fine for allowing a poisonous plume of Hexavalent Chromium-contaminated groundwater to continue its spread near Hinkley, CA.


LA Awards $3.1M Bridge Painting

Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development has awarded recoating of the Horace Wilkinson Bridge over the Mississippi River to Hames Contracting Inc., of Alpharetta, GA.


Bids Sought for $2.5M Penstock Coating

The City of Tacoma, WA, is soliciting bids for cleaning and recoating two municipal utility penstocks—a painting contract estimated at up to $2.5 million.


DuPont Fined $725K in Repeat Plant Case

DuPont has agreed to pay a $725,000 fine and upgrade maintenance and hazardous material handling procedures at its century-old chemical plant in New Jersey—the facility’s second such sanctio...


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.


EPA Proposes Stronger Tank Containment

Facing thousands of petroleum and hazardous chemical leaks each year, the federal government has proposed stronger rules for underground storage tanks, with new requirements for containment,...


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...


Paint Waste Resolved; Bridge Work Resumes

A dispute over paint waste that shut down a $4.2 million bridge project for the entire summer has been resolved, defusing commuter rage and averting a divorce between contractor and client.


Ex-PPG Director Admits Nuclear Paint Smuggling

The former managing director of PPG Industries’ Chinese subsidiary has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to ship protective coatings to Pakistan for the construction of a nuclear...


Bids Sought for $13.9M Bridge Rehab

The Maine Department of Transportation is inviting bids for coating, steel repairs and related work on Augusta’s Memorial Bridge—a contract potentially valued at nearly $14 million.


NY Paint Fumes Force Evacuation

Painting has been halted at the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal after fumes from the project forced the evacuation of an adjacent building, sickening some occupants and sending four to ...


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.


$2.1M Hood River Bridge Painting Let

S&K Painting Inc., of Clackamas, OR, has been awarded a $2.1 million contract for paint rehabilitation on the Hood River Interstate Bridge.


Chemical Distributor Settles EPA Suit

A major chemical distributor in Virginia has agreed to pay a $43,967 penalty and complete more than $200,000 in safety improvements to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws...


Paint Waste Halts $4.2M Bridge Project

A dispute over spilled lead paint chips, containment issues and other problems has stopped a $4.2 million bridge project cold in Oregon, where commuters have spent much of the summer endurin...


Golden Gate Painting Off to Slow Start

After months of scaffolding and containment construction, painting is finally underway—sort of—on the Golden Gate Bridge.


Verrazano-Narrows ‘Leg Lift’ Begins

Containment is in place and coatings removal is underway on a $19 million “leg lift” for New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.


PA Contractor Lands $16M Bridge Job

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a $16,697,408 contract to Trumbull Corp., of Pittsburgh, for coatings, concrete repair and related rehabilitation work on the Ambrid...


Bids Sought to Paint Covered Bridge

The County of Lehigh, PA, will open bids Aug. 18 for re-siding and repainting historic Rex’s Covered Bridge, which dates to 1858.


Capital Victory: Bridge Painter Bests NY State’s Tax Man

What’s the difference between maintenance painting and capital improvement painting? About a million dollars, for one New York bridge painter.


Bids Sought for $150K Substation Job

The Eugene (OR) Water & Electric Board will accept bids July 14 for lead abatement, cleaning and painting services on several substations—a contract valued at up to $150,000.


Tank Linings Incorporate Leak Detection

Goad Company is introducing custom-engineered tank linings for companies with critical containment requirements and/or concerns about leaks.


Bids Sought for Gantry Crane Painting

The New York Power Authority will open bids June 14 for cleaning and recoating the exterior surfaces of a 510-ton gantry crane at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in the Cats...


WA Dam Painting Contract Up for Bid

Industrial painting bids will be accepted May 6 for coating and related work on the Lake Chelan Dam, in central Washington State.


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.


Golden Gate Cable Painting to Begin

Scaffolding has arrived and containment planning is underway for the first-ever renovation and repainting of the Golden Gate Bridge’s two main suspension cables.


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...


NDT Crack Detector Uses Eddy Current Array

Olympus has introduced the OmniScan MX, which uses eddy current array testing for detection of stress corrosion cracking in pipelines and other pressure containment equipment.


$5M Rehab Let for Quad Cities Bridge

The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded a $4,997,472 contract for coatings, lead abatement and related rehabilitation work on the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge to Civil Constructor...


Corrosion and Coatings Involved in Petition to Stop Nuclear Reactor Construction

Several environmental groups have challenged the licensing of two new nuclear reactors in Georgia, claiming the reactors have design flaws that can lead to release of radiation, according to...


Worker on PA Bridge Project Survives 100-Foot Fall

A worker on a Pennsylvania bridge project survived a 100-foot fall from the bridge into a containment net on Monday.


Tnemec Adds to Linings for Secondary Containment

Tnemec Company Inc. has introduced epoxy and vinyl ester linings for secondary containment to its StrataShield product line.


Webinar on Containment Classes and Components Rescheduled for April 8

The Eagle Industries-sponsored Webinar, "SSPC Guide 6, Containment Classes and Components," has been rescheduled on Thursday, April 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m Eastern.


1500 Registrations for the SSPC-JPCL Webinars Thursday and Friday

More than 1500 registrations have been received for the SSPC-JPCL Training Days Webinars to be held this Thursday and Friday, March 25 and 26.


Eagle Industries Sponsors Containment Webinar

Eagle Industries will sponsor the SSPC-JPCL Education Series Webinar, “SSPC Guide 6, Containment Classes and Components,” scheduled for 11 a.m.-noon on March 26.


HippWrap Opens East Coast Center

HippWrap Containment, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, CA, recently opened an East Coast office in Suffolk, VA.


V.H.P Wins NC Bridge Painting Project

V.H.P Enterprises, Inc. of Tarpon Springs, FL was awarded a contract of $3,069,000 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to recoat the Manns Harbor Bridge.


 
 
   

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