Do you know what you don’t know about safety?

October 1, 2012

Trade associations and safe, successful tenting go hand in hand. By Scott Woodruff One of the biggest mistakes I see committed by emerging small- and medium-sized tent rental companies is in the area of safety to their customers and property. As the saying goes, they don’t know what they don’t know. This is where the …

Know your fire codes

By Edward J. Kaminski Q: Which fire codes apply to which types of temporary structures? A: When a permit applicant approaches the fire department for permits to erect a temporary structure, the first thing to determine is how that structure should be classed. Some requirements of the 2012 International Building Code® and International Fire Code® …

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Strategies for safe job sites

August 1, 2012

Avoid on-the-job injuries by preparing your staff. By Michael Tharpe Safety issues often go unnoticed when staff is under pressure to get the job done. While everyone is responsible for making safe decisions, it falls on owners and crew leaders to give installers the training they need, adequate breaks for the workplace conditions and the …

Invest in safety

Invest 10 hours of training to ensure safety for your workers. It’s not mandatory … or legislated. That’s the first good news. The Outreach Training Program by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a voluntary program with a purpose of promoting workplace safety and health and to make workers more knowledgeable about workplace …

Danger underground: call 811 before digging

June 1, 2012

Protect people and profits by calling 811 before you dig. By Jennifer Connally Safety is a priority for tent installation companies, and hitting a gas pipeline or electric cable can cause serious injury or death. Driving in stakes for large commercial tents is considered excavation in all 50 states. Making one important and free phone …

Five steps toward tent safety

October 1, 2011

Conduct a hazard analysis to protect employees and your business. Many workers are injured and killed at the workplace every day in the United States. You can help prevent workplace injuries and illnesses by looking at your workplace operations, establishing proper job procedures and ensuring that all employees are trained properly. Conducting a job hazard …

Safe use of bounce house inflatables

August 1, 2011

By Frank M. Scurlock Q: How can I ensure safe use of my bounce house rentals? A: Several recent incidents in the U.S. have demonstrated the hazards of improper use of bounce house inflatables. Most of these events were caused by the operator failing to follow the rules and common sense. While inflatables are not …

Keeping workers cool

Protect workers from heat-related illnesses. Each year, thousands of outdoor workers experience heat illness, which often manifests as heat exhaustion. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which killed more than 30 workers in 2010. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a national outreach initiative …

Write a solid rental agreement

June 1, 2011

By Matthew Davis When getting an insurance quote for your rental business, the insurer will usually ask for a copy of your current rental agreement. (If it doesn’t, find a new insurance company.) Why is this document an important part of the underwriting process? What is the insurance company looking for? It is ensuring that …

Educating clients about severe weather

By John Fuchs Q: How can I educate clients about the potential hazards that can result from severe weather? A: The first step in educating clients about severe weather is to make it clear that a tent is not a shelter from severe weather and shouldn’t be used as such. In the event of severe …