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Historic Safety Agreement Signed in Toledo

Posted by Northwest Ohio Piping Industry

Oct 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Trades from throughout Northwest Ohio gathered together on Oct. 16 at UA Local 50 to sign a historic safety agreement covering the Oregon Clean Energy plant being constructed in Oregon, Ohio.

Representatives from Black & Veatch, the project’s general contractor, the Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OHSA), and the Northwest Ohio Building Trades were on hand to pledge their commitment to safety.

The agreement will give OHSA the ability to regularly inspect the construction site, helping to ensure the safety of the workers.

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Topics: projects, Health and Safety, Events, Ohio, Northwest Ohio Building Trades, Agreement, Oregon, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Oregon Clean Energy, OHSA, Black & Veatch, Toledo

UA, Roofers Announce New Parternship

Posted by Northwest Ohio Piping Industry

Aug 18, 2015 3:05:00 PM

The United Association has a new partner – a fellow American union.

On August 1, the UA and Roofers Union formally agreed to an affiliation to work together on water capture systems.

The partnership allows both sides to retain their organizational independence, but aligns both groups on training, safety, marketing, organizing and other issues pertaining to water conservation and water capture systems. The unions will retain autonomy in regards to structure, finances, internal affairs, collective bargaining agreements and benefits.

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Topics: Training, Health and Safety, UA Affiliation, Technical, Engineering Electrical Union, Partnership, Water Supply, UA of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics, Roofers Union, Water Capturing Systems, Plumbing Trades Employees Union, Water Recapture

6 Steps to Winterize Plumbing and Pipes

Posted by Northwest Ohio Piping Industry

Jan 20, 2015 11:22:42 AM

When temperatures drop below freezing, it is very important to protect your home from the elements.

Homeowners are held liable for any damages caused by pipes freezing or even bursting. Within minutes of a pipe burst, water can travel from upstairs to downstairs, damaging the floors, walls, insulation, and structural integrity of your home.

To prevent pipes from bursting, follow these simple steps to winterize your pipes:

Step 1 – Disconnect all garden hoses.

  • When water freezes inside (or bursts) a hose, it can cause serious damage not only to the hose itself, but also to the interior pipes.
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Topics: Health and Safety, Plumbing Tips, Winterize, Homeowners, Piping Industry, Plumbing and Pipes

Mayor Collins Addresses Congress on Water Improvement Initiatives

Posted by Northwest Ohio Piping Industry

Dec 30, 2014 4:27:43 PM

“Water crisis grips Toledo area.” “‘Do not drink, do not boil’ water.” “The toxin that shut off Toledo’s water.”

All of us in Northwest Ohio recall the pollution emergency that crippled Toledo’s water supply for three days this August. Now Mayor D. Michael Collins is fighting to make sure this kind of environmental attack does not happen again.

On December 3, Mayor Collins addressed the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee to request $13 million in federal funding for water improvement initiatives. Collins requested funding for additional research to improve water quality and for funding to implement infrastructur
e and conservation improvements of watersheds that affect Lake Erie.

During his address, Collins discussed the fact that water testing standards developed by the World Health Organization in 1996 have not been evaluated or confirmed by our Federal EPA.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Federal Funding, Mayor, Congress, Great Lakes, Water Improvement Initiatives, Water Supply, Federal EPA, Piping Industry, World Health Organization, Southern Michigan, Lake Erie, Northwest Ohio

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