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It’s Safety Week

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal safety agencies have designated May 2-6, 2016, as the third annual National Safety Stand-Down. The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness nationwide of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 337 of the 874 construction fatalities recorded in 2014 (from Business and Labor Statistics preliminary data). Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014.

RAI participates by conducting the Tool Box Talk: Preventing Falls, downloadable here.

Help make workplaces safe!

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Micro Grid Project to Shrink Carbon Footprint and Energy Bills for New Jersey Senior Living Facility

South Jersey-Based Alternative Energy Specialist Ray Angelini Inc. Provides All Construction Services On Project

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (April 22, 2016)—On Earth Day, Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) celebrated along with industry allies, the recent completion of a $8.9 million sustainable makeover of the Masonic Village senior living community, Burlington, NJ, a project that makes Masonic Village part of the trend toward energy efficient and resilient senior living facilities in the northeastern United States.

Energy management and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G Rudox Inc., alternative energy specialist Ray Angelini Inc. (RAI), Blue Sky Power LLC, and MCFA Global teamed up to complete the design, engineering, construction, and financing on the Masonic Village campus-wide micro grid project. The project will result in carbon and cost savings at no capital expense to the charitable organization.

“The upgrades will reduce the facility’s carbon footprint by approximately 452 metric tons per year, the equivalent benefit of negating more than one million miles driven by the average car,” said Mike Wessner, business development manager, RAI.

“With this project, ENER-G Rudox delivers a solution that many are excited about, but few have accomplished. We have been able to turn the ‘academic’ potential of microgrids that drives analysts’ optimism, into a practical real world solution. The total package will provide economic benefits, as well as redundancy and sustainability for Masonic Village,” said Ryan Goodman, President, ENER-G Rudox.

The multi-million dollar energy infrastructure improvements to the 450-acre campus include the installation of a highly efficient 498 kW natural gas CHP system that provides heat and electricity for the facility. Additionally, the project includes comprehensive lighting and boiler plant upgrades to reduce the facility’s current energy profile.

“RAI constructed, installed and integrated the CHP system with the facility’s existing 1.16 megawatt solar PV field and 1.5 megawatt standby diesel generator,” said Wessner. “This integration enables 100% operational capability in the event of a grid outage.”

The project is financed using the ENER-G Rudox Energy Services Agreement. Under this arrangement, the Masonic Charity Foundation is responsible for $0 in up-front investment capital and receives a guaranteed minimum savings of $209,000 per year over the 20-year contract term.

“The Masonic Village at Burlington is an outstanding facility dedicated to its residents The unity of purpose of the Board of Trustees, ENER-G, MCFA, RAI and Blue Sky Power combined with the support of the Board of Public Utilities and PSE&G enabled us to bring a truly innovative clean energy micro gird to fruition at the almost 120 year old facility, making it one of the most sustainable, energy efficient and resilient senior living communities in the country,” said Ben Parvey, CEO of Blue Sky Power.

“Assisted living and senior care facilities are often excellent candidates for distributed generation technologies due to their operating profiles and infrastructure requirements. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen an increased interest in improving resiliency in these facilities,” Goodman continued. “However, many facility managers are unaware of the fact that they can improve resiliency while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint and saving money. The Masonic Village project illustrates this capability, and thus enables the facility to remain on the cutting edge of its industry.”

The economic benefits of CHP are derived from improved efficiency in comparison to traditional utility-grade power plants. While the typical plant is 35 percent efficient and loses an additional 1-2 percent in transmission, onsite CHP technologies can reach efficiencies of over 85 percent by reusing the waste heat that is a natural by-product of electric generation. In addition, incentives are available in New Jersey and other states to help offset the cost of CHP projects. The Masonic Village received a $996,000 grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for execution of this project.

“It takes a forward thinking executive team to accomplish a project of this magnitude, and we would like to thank the Masonic Village of Burlington, NJ and Ashlar Creative Solutions for their contributions throughout this process.” said Goodman. “In addition, the staff at PSE&G, TRC, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities all played critical roles in making this project happen, and showed exactly why New Jersey is a national leader in alternative energy adoption. We would also like to thank our partners at Blue Sky Power, Ray Angelini Inc. and MCFA Global, who continue to set themselves apart in their ability to facilitate and execute these types of projects.”

“RAI has long made it a goal to provide construction means and methods for alternative energy solutions,” says RAI President and Founder Raymond J. Angelini. “We are dedicated to being stewards of our environment and applaud Masonic Village for its achievement with this special project.”

For more information on this project, or to have a free CHP feasibility study performed for your building, please contact Ray Angelini, Inc.:  856-228-5566; info@raiservices.com, http://www.raiservices.com

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RAI Founder and President
Ray Angelini (left) with NJ Board
of Public Utilities Commissioner
Upendra Chivukula.
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(From left to right) Michael Fuhman, Managing Principal,
MCFA Global; Ben Parvey, Blue Sky Power;
Ray Angelini, Ray Angelini, Inc.;
Ryan Goodman, President, ENER-G Rudox, Inc.

$3.2 Million Clean Energy Infrastructure Project To Shrink Carbon Footprint, Improve Operations at Philadelphia Senior Living Facility

South Jersey-Based Contractor Ray Angelini, Inc.
Completes Mechanical and Electrical Components

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (April 18, 2016)—New Jersey-based energy management and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G Rudox Inc.—in conjunction with clean energy specialists Ray Angelini Inc. (RAI), Blue Sky Power LLC, and MCFA Global—recently completed the design, engineering, construction, and financing of a sustainable makeover project at Cathedral Village, a Philadelphia-based continuing care retirement community.

The multi-million dollar energy infrastructure improvements to the 40-acre campus include the installation of an energy efficient 265 kilowatt natural gas CHP system to provide heat and electricity for the retirement community. Additionally, the project includes comprehensive lighting upgrades throughout the facility and the replacement of six rooftop heating and cooling units.

RAI was responsible for the overall construction of the project. The CHP, a 265 kilowatt natural gas powered cogeneration unit, was tied into the Boiler House loop to help supplement heat and interconnected to the incoming 15 kilovolts utility service.

“RAI completed this project with little to no downtime or inconvenience to the community’s residents,” said Mike Wessner, business development manager, RAI.

The entire project is financed with the ENER-G Rudox Energy Services Agreement. Under this 20-year arrangement, Cathedral Village had $0 in up-front investment capital and expects to reduce its utility electric bill by over $145,000 annually. The upgrades will reduce the facility’s carbon footprint by approximately 350 metric tons per year, the equivalent benefit of removing 74 passenger cars from the road, or the carbon dioxide that would be offset by 287 acres of forest in one year.

“Assisted living and senior care facilities are often excellent candidates for clean energy projects, yet many facilities assume these projects require a large initial capital expenditure,” said Blue Sky Power CEO Ben Parvey. “However, by utilizing alternative finance structures, such as the ENER-G Rudox Energy Services Agreement, many institutional, commercial and industrial facilities can realize the operational, economic and environmental benefits of energy systems upgrades, without a capital burden.”

The Cathedral Village project received support from both state and local sources, including a $500,000 grant from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. In addition, the project is the recipient of $123,500 through the PECO Smart-On Site Program, plus a long-term co-generation gas service contract from PGW.

“Executing these types of projects is truly a team effort, and the contributions from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, PECO, and PGW were critical in allowing this project to move forward.” said ENER-G Rudox President Ryan Goodman. “However, at the end of the day, the most important criteria we evaluate is the strength of our client’s decision making team, as our ‘Energy Services Agreement’ represents a long term partnership. We couldn’t be more impressed with Cathedral Village’s team, and we are tremendously excited to work closely with them over the next 20 years.”

“The goal for RAI is to provide construction means and methods for alternative energy solutions,” says RAI President and Founder Raymond J. Angelini. “This goal was completely realized with the services we provided Cathedral Village. We can achieve no higher goal than to be stewards of our environment and applaud Cathedral Village for this achievement.”

For more information on this project, or to have a free CHP feasibility study performed for your building, please contact Ray Angelini, Inc.: 856-228-5566, info@raiservices.com, http://www.raiservices.com.

About Ray Angelini Inc.

RAI is a multi-services electrical contractor that builds and maintains all types of electrical projects. Services include: Commercial and industrial electrical contracting for entities such as data centers, hospitals, and utility substations; alternative energy provider, specifically solar EPC and maintenance, cogeneration construction, and LED lighting design and retrofits; wireless infrastructure services such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and cell tower construction/modifications; and power systems testing and commissioning. RAI has the ability to work at all voltages and with all substation equipment and experienced tag-holder personnel to provide the highest level of safety and reliability. The company proudly holds an Experience Modification Rate (EMR) of .556, a number used by insurance companies to gauge both past cost of injuries and future chances of risk. The lower the EMR, the better. An EMR of 1.0 is considered the industry average. RAI clients receive a unique knowledge, business savvy, and confidence that comes from over 40 years of experience serving in the electrical industry.

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Representatives from Cathedral Village, Ray Angelini Inc., Blue Sky Power, and MCFA Global
mark the completion of a multi-million clean energy project at an Environmental Stewardship
and Sustainability Celebration on April 18, 2016 at Cathedral Village, a Presbyterian Senior
Living Community in Philadelphia, PA.

Establishing a Solar Panel Training Program
Fire Engineering magazine, February 2016

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Our Electrical Systems Design Director Joseph Camarota authored the “Training Notebook” column in this month’s issue of Fire Engineering magazine—take a look. It is the first in a series to be authored by Camarota, who in addition to his role at RAI, is also a 38-year fire and explosion investigator, a certified fire official, a building and electrical inspector, firefighter, and an instructor in the State of New Jersey.

Click here or image above to download full article (1.4Mb PDF)

Working Near Downed or Damaged power lines

Assume all power lines are energized and stay clear of any downed or damaged power lines. Establish a safe distance from power lines and report any incidents to the responsible authority. Only properly-trained electrical utility workers can handle damaged power lines. Learn more at: Contact with Power Lines (OSHA Construction eTool) and Working Safely Around Downed Electrical Wires* (OSHA Fact Sheet).

RAI receives Contractor Safety Excellence Award

For the seventh year in a row, RAI becomes the recipient of the 2015 DuPont Contractor Safety Excellence Award, for outstanding safety, health and environmental performance.

“Well Done!! Congratulations to all employees for your continued focus. The numerous awards we have received is a distinction that sets us apart and accomplishes our goals for our client and ourselves.”
—Ray Angelini, Founder and President, Ray Angelini, Inc.

2015 DuPont Award

Preventing Slips on Snow and Ice

To prevent slips, trips, and falls, walking surfaces should be cleared of snow and ice, and deicer spread, as quickly as possible after a winter storm. In addition, the following precautions help reduce the likelihood of injuries:

Wear proper footwear when walking on snow or ice is unavoidable, because it is especially treacherous. A pair of insulated and water-resistant boots with good rubber treads is a must for walking during or after a winter storm. Keeping a pair of rubber over-shoes with good treads which fit over your street shoes is a good idea during the winter months.

Take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction, when walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway.

Winter Driving—Stay Safe!

Although you cannot control roadway conditions, you can use safe driving behavior by ensuring that you: recognize the hazards of winter weather driving, (e.g., driving on snow/ice covered roads); are properly trained for driving in winter weather conditions; and are licensed (as applicable) for the vehicles you operate. For information about driving safely during winter, visit OSHA’s Safe Winter Driving page.

If you are an employer, be sure to set and enforce driver safety policies for your employees. Also, implement an effective maintenance program for all vehicles and mechanized equipment that your workers are required to operate. Learn more at: Motor Vehicle Safety (OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page).

Before hitting the road, it is a good idea to inspect the following systems on your vehicle(s) to determine proper operating conditions:

  • Brakes: Brakes should provide even and balanced braking. Also check that brake fluid is at the proper level.
  • Cooling System: Ensure a mixture of 50/50 antifreeze and water in the cooling system at the proper level.
  • Electrical System: Check the ignition system and make sure that the battery is fully charged and that the connections are clean. Check that the alternator belt is in good condition with proper tension.
  • Engine: Inspect all engine systems.
  • Exhaust System: Check exhaust for leaks and that all clamps and hangers are snug.
  • Tires: Check for proper tread depth and no signs of damage or uneven wear. Check for accurate tire inflation.
  • Oil: Check oil is at proper level.
  • Visibility Systems: Inspect all exterior lights, defrosters (windshield and rear window), and wipers. Install winter windshield wipers.

An emergency kit with the following items is recommended for any vehicle:

  • Cellphone or two-way radio
  • Windshield ice scraper
  • Snow brush
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Tow chain
  • Traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter)
  • Emergency flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Road maps
  • Blankets, change of clothes

Whether you are responsible for driving a company-owned vehicle or you drive your own vehicle, take these winter driving tips seriously to help keep yourself as well as others safe this season.

Space Heater Safety

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. These fires result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, and millions of dollars in property damage.

Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home in cold weather. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly. Fire and electrical hazards can be caused by space heaters without adequate safety features, space heaters placed near combustibles, or space heaters that are improperly plugged in.

Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters. Here are some tips for keeping your home safe and warm when it’s cold outside:

  • Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep, and don’t let pets or children play close to a space heater.
  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.
Source:  Space Heater Safety

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