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Ballasting for safety and safety when ballasting

June 1, 2016

Learning to ballast with concrete? Follow these steps to ensure safe and efficient jobsite practices. My crew has forgotten how to use a sledgehammer. Well, not really, but it could happen. In my local tent rental market, ballasting is common. So common that the top priority for my management team has been to figure out …

Code revisions underway

Triggers for site-specific engineering top the tent-related proposals taken up at the ICC’s Committee Action Hearing. With debate and voting at the April Committee Action Hearing (CAH), the International Code Council (ICC) took its first step in revising codes as part of the Group B I-Code Development Cycle for the 2018 Model Code. A proposal …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Lyme disease prevention

August 1, 2015

Outdoor workers may be at risk for tick-borne illnesses. Tick-borne diseases are commonly associated with outdoor recreation such as hunting and fishing, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recognize that outdoor workers are also at risk. The CDC offers a Lyme disease fact sheet for outdoor …