May 2012

Local 3 Project Receives Safety Award

BNY Mellon Sign Replacement

Proving once again union ironworkers get the job done right with safety a top priority, the BNY Mellon Sign Replacement project, erected by Local 3 (Pittsburgh) ironworkers, and led by Iron Worker foreman Jeff Peters, received the John P. “Jack” Daley Craftsman/Safety award. The award is given by the Ironworker Employers Association of Western Pennsylvania (IWEA) to individuals demonstrating exemplary leadership in completing difficult projects safely. Congratulations to Local 3 ironworkers for a job well done, and for making sure “We all go home safe.”

Company: G. Kidd Inc.

Foreman:  Jeff Peters

Project: BNY Mellon Sign Replacement

Owner: The Bank of New York Mellon

Total Number of Manhours: Approximately 3,300 hours with 4–5 men

Project Description: The project consisted of removal of two existing Mellon signs and two existing Mellon logos from the outside of the Mellon Building in downtown Pittsburgh. The signs and logos were located outside the building walls above the 55th floor. G. Kidd Inc. assisted in the removal of the signs with the use of helicopter. Removal included ironworkers working off 18” wide picks located on the outside of the building. Both signs and logos were removed in one day.

The project also consisted of installation of two new larger signs and two new larger logos. The support steel for the new signs and logos was installed by hand on the roof above at the 55th floor. Tube steel header beams were installed between existing building columns. The tube steel outriggers, some of which weighed over 1,300 pounds and cantilevered up to 13’ outside of the building, were installed between the tube steel headers, and projected out through holes cut in the steel facade of the building. A total of 100 header beams and 46 outriggers were installed. After installation of the headers and outriggers, Jeff Peters, foreman, coordinated a site survey to assure all the outriggers were in the correct location. Any adjustments to the support steel were then made prior to the helicopter lifts of the signs. There was minimal room for error since the sign trusses were curved so all outriggers needed to be exact for the splices to meet.

The new signs and logos were attached to steel framework on the ground. The new signs consisted of four frames each and the logos had one frame each for a total of ten frames with signs. The signs were lifted to the 55th floor over three days and set with a helicopter. G. Kidd Inc. personnel were located on 18” picks outside the face of the building, while the sign frames were set in place. In some locations, the platforms were only 2’ long and there was less than 3’ between the installed sign and outside face of the building. G. Kidd Inc. then had to weld all sign splices and connections to outriggers on the outside of the building from a swing stage. G. Kidd Inc. personnel had to deal with windy conditions being 725’ up and with the downdraft of the helicopter. All sign sections were set without any injuries or damage to the signs or building.

Nominee Description: Jeff Peters, Local 3 member, ran a crew of 4-5 ironworkers and coordinated with the sign company, who also had a crew on site. For this project, most of the steel was erected by hand on the roof of the building. Jeff directed all steel installation and rigging to erect 1,300-pound tubes projected outside the building. Ironworkers worked on top of the facade and outside the face of the building to set the sign trusses. In most locations, the ironworkers had to be transported to and from the picks via a swing stage. It was extremely hazardous in that the ironworkers had no means of escape once they were on the picks. Also, once the sign trusses were set, up to 30 come-alongs were used to tie the trusses back to the building steel before the helicopter released the truss to be welded in place. Jeff also designed quick connect clamps to hold the trusses to the outriggers to minimize the time the helicopter had to hold the trusses in place. Jeff oversaw all operations with no injuries or damages to the building for the duration of the project.