Changes to the International Fire Code

August 1, 2013

Proposed code changes point to more industry scrutiny. Proposed changes to the International Fire Code (IFC) and International Building Code (IBC) have the potential to affect tent rental companies and manufacturers at every level. Tom Markel, owner of Bravo Events, Buffalo, N.Y., and William Fitch, P.E., principal, Phyrefish Consulting, Miami, Fla., have represented the Tent …

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Understanding engineered tents

A comprehensive understanding of engineered tents provides peace of mind. By Pamela Mills-Senn As cities and municipalities grow increasingly risk averse and safety aware, the demand for engineered tents has surged. “The market is definitely strong,” says Jeff McInnes, North American sales manager for Delray Beach, Fla.-based HTS-USA/Hocker, a manufacturer of clearspan structures. “No one …

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Build a rapport

The permitting process for tent installations can be fraught with frustration, but there are strategies for satisfying code officials while serving customers. As president and CEO of Big 4 Party Rentals and Event Solutions, Rob Roberts is an expert in filing for permits and working with code officials on tent installations in northern California. There’s …

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Safe and profitable tent rental

Safety and service go hand in hand with successful bidding and profitable tent rental. By Michael Tharpe The balance of safety and service with price and profit when bidding tent jobs is part of the tent rental industry’s culture. Sadly, the myth has emerged that “no tent rental company can be safe and competitive at …

An app for safe digging

Minnesota leads the way for damage prevention with its new Call Before You Dig App. The national “Call Before You Dig” 811 campaign has been saving lives for several years by providing one standardized number in the U.S. to call to identify underground utility lines. Minnesota is among the first states and provinces to offer …

Flood decontamination tips

June 1, 2013

Decontamination tips for equipment and crews exposed to floodwaters. The tent rental industry is a crucial part of disaster response plans, providing temporary shelter for displaced people and supplies. Often, as was the case with 2012’s Sandy and 2005’s Katrina, flooding is at the core of the challenges faced by tent rental crews, which can …

Truck-backing safety

TMI LLC’s newest dock safety solution, Guide-Pro Truck Lights, make it easier for trucks to align and safely back into loading docks. The lights provide a sharp visual guide for truck drivers by illuminating the dock face. By utilizing this visual reference, truck drivers can safely align the dock face in their mirrors, preventing crooked …

Creating emergency evacuation plans

April 1, 2013

By James R. Waite, Esq. Q: Whose responsibility is it to create emergency evacuation plans for tents? A: In the past, this responsibility has typically fallen on the event planner or equipment lessee (customer). Fortunately for rental operators, these parties continue to shoulder much of the responsibility, but that is likely to change, at least …

Structural review for temporary structures

December 1, 2012

By Edward J. Kaminski Q: When is a structural review required for temporary structures? A:The answer in the next edition of the International Fire Code (IFC) may be: “all the time.” Currently some building departments will not accept structural reviews for buildings or structures that are erected for less than 180 days. This situation creates …

Ensuring forklift stability

Follow this checklist to ensure forklift safety. One of the most dangerous operations involving forklifts is the loading and unloading of trucks and trailers. The reason is the change from the stable floor of the loading dock to the unstable deck of the truck or trailer. Not only may the vehicle being driven into be …