AMS adopts weather safety statement, identifies successful event safety practices

October 1, 2018

Citing examples of both weather tragedies and proactive weather planning, the council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has adopted a statement regarding weather safety at venues and public gatherings. The statement expounds on the need for successful proactive weather decision practices within the broader weather and venue industries. It lists several recent weather tragedies …

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Launching a company-wide health and safety program? Here are some tips.

Beginning or reestablishing a company health and safety program can seem daunting, especially given everything else tent rental business owners and managers have on their plate. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) breaks down the task into nine doable steps: Always set safety and health as the top priority. Tell your workers that making …

State marijuana laws, opioid use and your workplace drug policy

August 1, 2018

What do business owners need to know about changing state marijuana laws and opioid use? With the U.S. unemployment rate at its lowest in years, employers are struggling to fully staff their companies. If that wasn’t difficult enough, employers who operate in states that have legalized marijuana face additional challenges in finding workers who can …

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Have fun and fix hazards during Safe + Sound week

June 1, 2018

Bring Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 13–19, to your company with fun competition. A systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards is a proactive, ongoing process of identifying and controlling sources of potential injuries or illnesses. This means establishing procedures to collect and review information about known or potential hazards in the workplace, investigating the …

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Does your safety incentive program comply with OSHA rules?

April 1, 2018

Safety incentive programs should not discourage employees from reporting injuries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded that 2.9 million workplace injuries occurred in 2016, more than half of which resulted in time away from the job. The cost to business? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), workplace injuries and subsequent …

Paid weather apps offer service and accuracy

December 1, 2017

Accurate forecasts and more, at your fingertips Paid weather apps offer services and accuracy above and beyond free apps. The best things in life are free, or so the saying goes. But when it comes to weather forecasting apps, that sentiment is not necessarily the case. Jim Foerster is director of meteorology services for DTN, …

TRD considers code revisions

October 1, 2017

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) Steering Committee, Code Committee and ASTM Committee are developing code revision proposals that will be submitted to the International Code Council (ICC) for consideration during the code cycle for the 2021 edition of the I-Codes. TRD committee members are also participating in meetings of the Special Event Work Group sponsored …

OSHA launches injury-tracking system

Deadline for submitting injury and illness data is Dec. 1. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its web-based Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on Aug. 1 and extended the deadline for submitting 2016 injury and illness data to Dec. 1, 2017. The reporting requirements are part of a final rule issued in October 2016 …

PPE and bad excuses

August 1, 2017

There are a lot of reasons why workers fail to wear PPE—but none of them are good. Why do tent installers fail to use personal protective equipment (PPE) on job sites? That’s a great question—one without good answers. We frequently see workers on tent sites that are near to and working with loud equipment; moving …

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Unit loading of tent equipment saves time

June 1, 2017

You could make the case that, from an operational perspective, the tent rental business is really a materials handling business. Consider this: A typical tent and party rental company operates a warehouse of 15,000 to 25,000 square feet with five to 10 trucks and 12 to 40 employees. Of those employees, about five to 10 …