Project: Asbestos Abatement of 400ft High Active Concrete Stack

Client: Large Public Company
Location: Pennsylvania

The MACK Group, LLC Completes Asbestos Abatement of a 400ft High Active Concrete Stack

Asbestos Containing Paint Removal by The MACK Group      Concrete Stack Asbestos Paint Removal

The MACK Group, LLC recently completed the unique and challenging asbestos abatement of a 400 feet high concrete coal fired power plant stack in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Complicating the project was the requirement that the stack was to remain in operation through the entire asbestos removal operations.

The aging stack of the power plant was in dire need of repairs and a structural carbon fiber shell was proposed for the stack to give it a new life.  The advantages of this carbon fiber shell is that it could be installed while the stack remained active and would also allow the stack to be refurbished instead of having to be completely demolished and then rebuild.  In order for this carbon fiber shell to be put in place, all the exterior asbestos containing paint needed to be removed from the stack.

The MACK Group was contacted by the client to safely remove the asbestos containing paint while adhering to a strict project schedule as well as compliance with all safety, environmental and heath rules and regulations.  The project specifications required the asbestos abatement of 20,000 square feet of asbestos containing rubberized paint 1/8 inch thick on the exterior of the 400 feet high stack while the stack remained in operation.

Prior to starting the work, The MACK Group’s asbestos trained workforce was put through additional project specific safety training.  Training included safety requirements specific to working on a power plant as well as refresher training in fall protection and proper use of hand tools.

To tackle this challenging project, The MACK Group had three (3) 400 ft high pump jack tower platforms surrounding the stack installed.  These tower platforms were then enclosed with plastic sheeting and put under HEPA negative air filtration.  The MACK Group workers then utilized specialized HEPA equipped powered hand tools to remove the rubberized asbestos paint.  A third party consultant was utilized for daily monitoring and to ascertain when all ACM had been removed and abatement completed. 

During the abatement work, The MACK Group utilized internet based weather monitoring programs to determine if any severe weather conditions may be approaching the work site.  If any signs of approaching sustained winds or the potential for lighting would immediately initiate a work stoppage until the weather cleared.

Asbestos Paint Removal Services       Concrete Stack ACM Paint Removal by The MACK Group

Another issue during abatement was the presence of stack gases.  Since the stack was still in operation during abatement operations, the top 50 feet of the stack posed a significant issue to the MACK’s workers due to the presence of emitted gases. While in the top 50 feet zone of the smoke stack, abatement workers increased the level of PPE to Type C supplied air.

Following abatement of the painted surface, the abated materials were then properly containerized and sent offsite for disposal in an EPA approved landfill.  All records and documents were properly secured and archived.

The MACK Group’s PA licensed asbestos workers brought this unique and challenging project in on schedule and without injury. 

About The MACK Group, LLC

The MACK Group, LLC is one of the premier contractors in the United States and Puerto Rico offering nationwide services including asbestos abatement, asbestos removal, flooring removal, shot-blasting, mold remediation, demolition, decontamination, lead abatement/remediation, duct cleaning, biological/chemical remediation and more.

Contact Information:

The MACK Group, LLC
1500 Kings Hwy. N., Ste 209
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Tel:   973-759-5000
Fax:  973-759-5554
Web:   www.mackgrp.com

For more information contact:

Stephen King (973) 759-5000
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