Let there be light

May 12, 2016

“Romantic, dreamy lighting is one of the biggest trends we see [in tented events],” says Sarah Miller of Caplan Miller Events in Austin, Texas. “I love ‘layering’ lighting by incorporating chandeliers, pendants, and sconces with functional lighting such as pin spots and Lekolites.” “Lighting in general can really dial up an event,” says Jim Gallagher, …

Tent codes under scrutiny at upcoming hearing

April 19, 2016

Proposed changes to codes governing tent installations will be discussed at the International Code Council (ICC) Group B Committee Action Hearing in Louisville, Ky. The hearing is set for April 17–27, with proposals related to tent codes most likely to be heard on April 19 and 20. Any individual can attend and testify at this …

OSHA: Circus tent in fatal New Hampshire collapse not erected correctly

April 1, 2016

A Sarasota, Fla.-based circus operator is contesting more than $33,000 in fines proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the collapse of a circus tent in August 2015. OSHA cited Walker International Events with 14 serious violations. The collapse killed a father and daughter in the audience and injured dozens of others, …

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Evacuation planning

It’s human nature to seek cover in an emergency. A solid evacuation plan helps to ensure attendees of tented events find shelter in a safe location. (Hint: Not the tent!) The collapse of the roof structure of a stage at the Indiana State Fair nearly five years ago served as a catalyst for discussions about …

TRD submits code changes

March 29, 2016

Proposed changes to codes governing tent installations to be discussed at the April ICC Committee Action Hearing. IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) submitted four proposals for changes in codes that relate to tent installation, plus an appendix proposal, as part of the Group B I-Code Development Cycle for the 2018 Model Code. The Special Events …

Safe driving in winter weather

December 1, 2015

Lives can be saved by following safe winter driving practices. Employers cannot control roadway conditions, but they can promote safe driving by ensuring that their commercial drivers recognize the hazards of winter weather and are properly trained for driving in those conditions. Here are some tips from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Maintain …

Tent codes face scrutiny

November 23, 2015

Group A building code proposal passes Public Comment Hearing with modifications. A proposal to the International Code Council’s International Building Code (IBC) that affects the tent industry passed in the Public Comment Hearing (PCH) in October, with final results in December. The original proposal to the 2018 Model Code would have resulted in many tent …

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Are winter tent installs right for you?

November 19, 2015

Winter tent installs offer tent rental businesses opportunities to keep inventory and crews active, taking the edge off of what can be a slow time of year for those companies located or working in severe-weather areas. But as attractive as the prospect of staying busy is, winter installs aren’t right for every company. For one …

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Safe worksite advice

October 1, 2015

Free OSHA consultations for small- and medium-sized businesses. The On-site Consultation Program offered by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides free and confidential advice to small- and medium-sized businesses, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. This service is separate from enforcement and does not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies …

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The tax benefits of attending trade shows

August 1, 2015

Owners, managers and employees of tent and event rental businesses, even shareholder-employees—have long been allowed to claim an income tax deduction for the expenses of attending trade shows, conferences and meetings. Thanks to federal tax laws, the government will pick up the tab for a sizable portion of the expenses of attending events, if the …