November 2008                                                                                                                             Volume 2, Number 3


Second Page Story:

Geothermal Systems:

Heating and Cooling from the Earth


Event scheduled for Dec. 3 to 4 in New Hampshire November 17, 2008


National experts will convene in Concord, N.H. early in December to present the latest innovations on low-impact development methods—methods for developing land in ways that allow storm water to be retained, infiltrated, or reused on site. The conference will be held on Dec. 3 to 4 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, and is open to the public.

EPA is a co-sponsor of the conference.


More information is available at


Source: EPA November 17, 2008





Recently there have been two fatal accidents that crossed my desk.  The first occurred when a worker was using a skid steer to push a flatbed truck which had unsecured pipes on its bed.  One of the rods flew off the back of the truck and impaled the worker.  The other incident, which certainly hit closer to home, involved a younger worker (25 years old) who was kicking a rotating auger in an effort to remove dirt.  His loose shoe lace got caught by the rotation and he died from the head injuries he suffered from the fall.  When these tragic accidents were discussed with my colleagues, the overwhelming thought was ‘where was the common sense?”


Webster’s Dictionary defines common sense this way; “Sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.”  I have been a H&S instructor for 22 years and have had over 10,000 people in my classes.  Without hesitation I can state that you just can’t teach commons sense.  You can however, demonstrate its use, mentor the younger less experienced workers, reward positive actions and learn from damaging actions and incidents. The winter months are notorious for accidents.  Wet leaves, ice, shorter hours of light, ailments associated with the cold damp weather, mud and many other factors all make construction activities of any kind more precarious.  Here are some tips for keeping safe and healthy.


Practice common sense.  If it looks unsafe, it probably is.  Let the younger workers learn from the experience of the seasoned professionals.





Slow down.  Not only on the road, but in all your tasks.  Working faster seldom has positive outcomes. Take your time and do the job right.


Clean up your work area.  Slip and trip hazards are responsible for a large number of injuries each year.   Eliminating the mess not only decreases the potential for an accident, it says a lot about the quality of your work.


Don’t remain silent.  If you see someone or something that is unsafe make it known.  Too often do we become complacent and think that “someone else will worry about that.”  If you see a problem, initiate the resolution.


Ask for help.  You can act tough on your own time.  If you really could use a hand with an activity, especially lifting, than get the help.  Sitting at home with a back injury is no fun and it won’t pay your bills.

It is an unfortunate fact that our industry has many dangerous activities.  But working smart and using your head before your body can decrease the possibility of getting hurt by 90%. The odds are in your favor, it’s up to you to make it work.





B. L. Myers Bros. has been installing geothermal systems for over 25 years in commercial and residential applications. These projects, also known as geoexchange are now receiving wide-spread attention as the world converts from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources. In October 2008, the Federal Government passed Tax Credits to homeowners and businesses to directly promote geothermal heating and cooling as a carbon capture, renewable energy source.


Geothermal heat pumps use liquid-filled pipes to shift heat from the ground into a school, home or business. The earth maintains its temperature surprisingly well all year, ensuring that the heat pumps have a reliable source of heat even during the coldest winter days. This process is reversed in the summer, with the geothermal heat pumps transferring heat into the ground, thus cooling the building.


B.L. Myers drills the vertical bores, loops pipe, and grouts the bores in the well field.


Horizontal pipes are then trenched to the heat pump inside the building.


One of the largest current geothermal projects underway is Upper Dublin High School; located in Ft. Washington Pa. Drilling crews have been on site since August 2008, when they began 304 x 405ft bores. Drilling on this job will be completed at the end of November.



















Schools, homes, businesses, The Philadelphia Zoo, all of these projects benefit the environment. Energy savings vary from 25% to 75% depending on the size of the building.


As an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) certified installer, B.L. Myers continues to be a leader in geothermal drilling and installation throughout the Northeast region.