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Powerplant Safety Issues Required Detailed Plan

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The following project won the overall safety award in the 2012 Mountain States Best Projects competition for the Intermountain Region.

Courtesy of Casey Industrial
Hunter Station has three operational generating units, with a combined capacity of 1,472 MW.
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Hunter Station, Unit 2 ESP to PJFF Conversion
Castle Dale, Utah
PacifiCorp, one of the largest utility companies in the American West, awarded Casey Industrial an engineering, procurement and construction contract to update the air-quality control system at Hunter Station Unit #2, a coal-fired power station in central Utah.

Located in a remote area, Hunter Station has three operational generating units, with a combined capacity of 1,472 MW. This facility is a primary base-load power plant that generates enough energy to power 430,000 homes.

The working conditions within an operational coal-fired power plant pose a distinct safety challenge from coal ash, toxic gases, large operating equipment and high-voltage hazards.

An integrated approach was developed to mitigate these dangers. Site-specific procedures, hazard-focused safety training and specialized equipment were employed to protect the health and safety of personnel.

All employees and subcontractors received a 10-hour site specific orientation that covered anticipated and unique site-specific hazards. The training helped teams identify hazards and the steps to avoid or manage them.

Casey Industrial’s safety team rigorously monitored the project’s air quality—multiple monitors were used for hazards such as CO, explosive gases, SO2, O2 level and NO2. Trained personnel checked confined spaces as well as the general area for hazardous air before entering them and while work was being conducted.

Owner: PacifiCorp, Salt Lake City
Architect: Stanley Consultants, Centennial, Colo.
General Contractor: Casey Industrial, Westminster, Colo.
Civil, Structural & MEP Engineer: Stanley Consultants, Centennial, Colo.

This project was submitted for the Safety Award by by Casey Industrial

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