Creating a Culture of Safety Within Broadbent

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Broadbent management has been successful in creating a culture of safety in the company. This has been accomplished through the shared learning of experiences in the field and analysis of knowledge gained from our valued clients. A simple example of this safety mindset, is how it has effected the way we park our vehicles. Even when commuting to and from work, using our personal vehicles, employees have embraced the idea of backing vehicles into parking spots. With a vehicle in this position, when leaving a parking spot, the driver is traveling forward. By leaving in the forward direction one is less likely to cause an accident. Drivers have also surveyed the front of the vehicle and scanned the area for Read More »

Project Safety – Working in Remote Locations

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Broadbent conducts work throughout the western United States. Environmental projects can include work such as operations and maintenance of remediation systems, in remote parts of Nevada, California, Oregon, and other western states. To ensure the safety of employees, emergency packs are stored in vehicles. Field personnel are trained to utilize the contents of the packs to assist themselves, or others. Vehicle training and defensive driving lessons are provided to field personnel to help prepare drivers for situations such as vehicle malfunction, or facing the ever changing elements of weather. For work at the Leviathan Mine in Alpine County, California, workers under go defensive driver, fatigue management, and mountain driving training programs to prepare them to navigate potentially dangerous, remote mountain Read More »

Case Study: Pump and Treat Remediation

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South Lake Tahoe, CA – Broadbent provided third party review and documentation of historical operation and maintenance activities for an existing on-site groundwater pump and treat remediation system, and provided recommendations for system modifications and future operations. Constituents of concern included PCE, TCE, DCA, and vinyl chloride. Recommendations and actions included: Repairing system components, Testing system operations, And modifying the system to address iron fouling problems. Broadbent was retained to operate the system and monitor associated wells. Through a series of repairs and tests, and minimal system operation time, it was determined that the system was no longer needed, as it was no longer extracting impacted water associated with the landfill. The USDA-Tahoe National Forest (TNF) approved to terminate remediation Read More »

Environmental Experience – Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon Impacts

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Broadbent managed a project in Sparks, NV, where a diesel fuel release was discovered, emanating from a failed dispenser piping bushing (the facility operates two diesel fuel underground storage tanks (USTs), one 5,000 gallon capacity and one 8,000 gallon capacity). Initial soil sampling assessment activities, conducted via hand sampling at the point of release, found total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) diesel impacts present at 1,700 mg/kg and 16,000 mg/kg. Subsequent soil characterization activities were conducted via installation and sampling of two GeoProbe soil borings, found TPH diesel impacts present at 1,100 mg/kg in one boring at ~10.5 feet below land surface (bls), and 2,500 mg/kg in the second boring at ~15 feet bls. Additional site characterization activities were conducted using drilling Read More »

Environmental Experience – Heating Oil and Underground Storage Tanks

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Broadbent has been providing professional Certified Environmental Manager (CEM) services to a large Nevada School District, relative to heating oil underground storage tanks, since 1996. This includes work at numerous facilities, within the past five years. Conducted activities include: preparation of tank removal contractor specifications; contractor bid solicitation; contractor selection; oversight of tank cleaning and removal activities; collection of tank closure assessment samples; and preparation of Tank Closure Assessment Reports. Where impacts (primarily diesel range organics and some MTBE) have been discovered, additional site characterization activities have been conducted, including: Work Plan preparation and implementation; soil boring drilling and soil sample collection (using multiple drilling techniques, including GeoProbe, Hollow stem auger, air rotary, and sonic); soil boring completion as groundwater Read More »