Safety First With Industrial Equipment and Supplies

Safety First With Industrial Equipment and Supplies

Your Power Plant: Avoid These Pre-Construction Mistakes

Lucille Palmer

Your team might be eager to find a lot and start construction of a power facility in the area. You may have already seen plans for the plant and feel good about the value that you'll bring to the surrounding area. However, avoiding these pre-construction mistakes is vital if you want to build solid relationships with the municipality, the public, and your eventual employees.

Failing to Investigate District and Zone Issues

Your purchase of a land lot may be most focused on ensuring that it's far enough from residential homes and that it's large enough to build your planned structures. However, you need to take a step back and investigate the larger zoning issues at play in the area.

You might have been able to secure an industrial lot, but what about the lots that are adjacent to yours? If you need to expand the plant later, is your lot right up against parcels that aren't zoned for industrial use?

If so, you should discuss variance applications that could permit you to buy those adjacent parcels at a later time. Getting a feel for whether the zoning officers are open to variances for your needs could affect where you buy land for the plant.

You'll also have to examine what the zoning ordinance dictates about various building issues. If you're envisioning an aluminum fence around the plant, for example, the height may need to be adjusted according to what the city wants.

Ignoring Public Concerns

Because the plant will be serving the public, you might not realize that citizens, particularly property owners, could have some resistance about the arrival of the facility. Ignoring them is not wise.

Instead, bring the public into the fold. Look for ways they can offer feedback on the project. Explain what your plant will do and the measures you're taking to protect the public.

Not Looking for Deductions

Your team may actually save cash by taking various tax deductions for the plant. For example, if you're doing work with renewable energy and plan to in the new facility, your team could be eligible for related deductions. In fact, if you bring in accountants and tax experts to help the team, they can assist in planning the plant so that you can receive the maximum number of deductions.

With these recommendations, your power company can begin construction and interviewing staffers. Your efforts to create a conscientious, well-running power plant can pay off. Communicate with your power plant construction contractors, community members, and city officials along the way.


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Safety First With Industrial Equipment and Supplies

Hi, my name is Lewis McKinley and this is a blog about the safety of industrial equipment and supplies. When working with industrial equipment, employees must implement all safety measures to ensure they stay safe at all times. When I was growing up, my dad was a safety inspector, so my siblings and I were always reminded about safety and he taught us how to stay safe no matter what we were doing. Since I learned about safety at a young age, I always make sure that safety is a priority in everything I do. I enjoy doing research about safety and I keep up with changes in safety regulations for many industries. I hope that after you read my blog, you'll learn measures that you can take to remain safe around industrial equipment and supplies.