Case Studies Studies in continually exceeding expectations

Environmental Construction/Remediation Projects

Shortly after our company began operations, we became heavily involved in the environmental construction industry, providing clean up and remediation of properties. Our work in this arena has spanned nearly twenty years, and our in-depth experience diverse.

We have installed recovery systems and cleaned up free floating products ranging from corn syrup at an ice cream manufacturing plant, crude oil, diesel and gasoline, solvents and chemicals of all sorts.

We have removed mercury from the testing grounds of our country’s military bases, lead from former manufacturing plants, asbestos from aging buildings, hundreds of thousands of tons of contaminated soils, and hundreds upon hundreds of leaking underground fuel tanks.

Our company was the first member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in the nation to require every employee (including apprentice carpenters) to complete 40 hour hazardous materials training. Our staff was featured in a UBC-sponsored video touting the need and benefits to this in-depth, hands-on, field based training.

Our work in this arena set the standard of health and safety practices for our company and our employees.

Case Study: Telecommunications Asbestos Abatement

Project: With technology advancements, this client found that many of their facilities were oversized for the new generation of equipment needed to provide their services, leaving empty space which could be repurposed. They wanted to make modifications to more than a dozen sites, but found that many sites contained asbestos-based materials which needed to be removed before these modifications could be started.

Challenge: As with any environmentally sensitive project, especially one which could adversely affect the health of hundreds of individuals, project safety was critical. With the scope encompassing over a dozen different facilities, and several locations within each facility, it was critical that MJK insure all employees and management personnel were fully aware of the potential hazards surrounding this work, and ensure that their health and safety was protected.

MJK Solution: MJK staff developed detailed work plans for each facility. Health and safety plans outlined the work, and safety measures required that no material escaped the work area, and that the areas were completely free of residual materials. In accordance with State and Federal law, notifications were made repeatedly in advance of work starting. Numerous postings were placed within the facility at all points where employees were located, and in all commonly used areas, as well as at all entrances to the facilities. All work was scheduled to occur during evening and weekend hours to protect the clients’ employees. Employing the services of an independent monitoring firm, and asbestos specialty contractors, MJK managed the work at all twelve facilities, completing the work on time, within budget, and most importantly, without a single accident or injury.

Case Study: Edwards AFB - Multiple UST Removal

case-study-edwardsafb Photos courtesy of Associated Press. Featuring MJK workers in published newspaper reports.

Project: MJK was awarded multiple contracts which ran approximately five (5) years to provide clean up and removal of underground fuel tanks around this highly active, 17 square mile military base in the California desert.

Challenge: This project presented numerous challenges including work performed on active runways, endangered species protection mitigation, unidentified buried cylinders pre-dating WWII, potential encounter with live munitions, worker exposure to environmental conditions, including inclement weather and potential hazardous contaminants, restricted security access, and logistical challenges due to the distance between work areas.

MJK Solution: Working with facility-designated personnel, MJK developed large scale logistical coordination of crews, equipment, and activities to best utilize resources, and maintain strict tracking of data relative to each tank location, and details of work performed.

We performed daily sweeps of the work areas and erected and maintained special fencing around our work to prevent entrance by the endangered desert tortoise.

Workers were constantly monitored to insure they were not exposed to contaminants during their work. We required all workers to participate in medical monitoring programs to monitor their general health throughout the project.

MJK is proud to have received special recognition from base personnel for their part in completion of this clean up two (2) years ahead of schedule.