OSHA fines Karl’s Event Rental $85,000

August 26, 2010

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Aug. 23 that it has cited Karl’s Event Rental Inc. of Oak Creek, Wis., with 23 safety and health violations that include exposing workers to combustible residues and electrical hazards. Proposed penalties total $85,000. “This company exposed its workers to unsafe and unhealthy …

Tents collapse in severe weather, cause injuries

August 18, 2010

Severe storms preceded two tent collapses that have resulted in injuries in the last week. A hospitality tent collapsed in severe weather at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia on Aug. 13, sending three people to the hospital with moderate to serious injuries, including a 9-year-old boy. All three have been released, according to the …

IFAI presents “Understanding Guidelines for the Safe Ballasting of Tents”

August 10, 2010

Because the tent installation industry is being asked to ballast (weight) instead of stake a tent, IFAI’s Tent Rental Division will hold an hour-long Webinar titled “Understanding Guidelines for the Safe Ballasting of Tents” on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. The TRD believes it is the industry’s responsibility to develop guidelines before untrained officials …

Catering company serves up a double-decker structure

August 1, 2010

Jerry Lundergan, chairman of the Lundergan Group, thinks big when it comes to event management. The Lundergan Group, Lexington, Ky., recently commissioned a huge event double-decker structure, the Arcum Emporium, which travels in 11 40-foot containers on ten 53-foot semis. The Arcum Emporium provides 6,000- to 24,000-square-feet of floor space, two floors, spiral staircases, balconies …

LED curtains provide illuminated backdrop

These flexible LED curtains can be hung straight or draped and bunched up for placement on tables and banisters. The electric LED Gossamer Curtains last for more than 30,000 hours, and if one LED light goes out, the rest stay lit. The 3-foot-wide curtain is available in two lengths—8 feet and 12 feet, and each …

New colors for lightweight flooring

PS Furniture’s ultra-lightweight Revolution® Portable Dance Floor is now available in a black or white finish. One 4-by-4-foot panel weighs 45 pounds, is 0.6 inches deep and covers 78 percent more surface area than traditional dance floor panels, making for easier and faster setup and removal. The flooring’s cam-lock fastening system eliminates the potential problem …

Fabric gives flooring a facelift

Is your dance floor looking worn and scuffed? Holo-Floor2 Gloss Vinyl from Holo-Walls will makes any dance floor or stage look new, and it’s printable for custom jobs. This product is sold in 48-inch-wide rolls, 20 or 50 yards in length. Adhesive removes without leaving a residue or damaging the flooring sub surface. For more …

Driven to distraction

U.S. Department of Transportation regulates texting while driving for drivers of commercial vehicles. The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in January federal guidelines to expressly prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses. “We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with …

Analyzing power lines during tent installation

By Tom Markel Q: How close is too close to power lines when installing a tent? A:Electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year, which means electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). …

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Tips for taking gorgeous tent photos

By Joe Del Grosso I admit it; I am a tent installer who used to take terrible photographs of tents—badly composed, crooked fractions of tents nearly indistinguishable from washed-out, pale blue skies. You may have seen (or taken) similar pictures—times when you’ve installed a tent and created an event that was elegant and breathtaking, but …