Fall protection

June 1, 2011

Safe use of aerial work platform equipment. By Matthew Davis A new educational document on personal fall protection for users of aerial work platform (AWP) equipment is now available as a free download from participating organizations’ websites. The document—Statement of Best Practices of Personal Fall Protection Systems for Aerial Work Platform Equipment—is intended to: Educate …

Let the tenting season begin

April 1, 2011

Glawe kicks off the year with training and networking at IFAI Tent Expo. By Kathy Schaefer This past winter was a challenge for those of us in a weather-related business. Recent sales calls with clients surveying an ice- and snow-covered site have me anxious for spring and the coming season. The Midwest tent season typically …

Prevent hearing loss

Manage exposure to noise in the workplace. Damage to the ear due to noise exposure is cumulative and irreversible, and it is possibly one of the most ignored safety issues in the workplace. There are three things to consider about noise in relation to hearing loss: how loud, how long, and how close? Exposure OSHA’s …

Aerial lifts and safety on the jobsite

December 1, 2010

The major causes of injuries and fatalities involving aerial lifts are falls, electrocutions and collapses or tip-overs. Aerial devices include boom-supported aerial platforms, such as cherry pickers or bucket trucks, aerial ladders and vertical towers (OSHA regulates scissor lifts as mobile scaffolds, not as aerial devices). Safe work practices for aerial lifts include: Ensure that …

Tent safety enforced during Ramadan

October 1, 2010

Municipalities in the United Arab Emirates enforce tent safety during Islam’s holy month. Tents are an integral part of Ramadan observances in many areas of the Middle East, and this year, officials in the United Arab Emirates worked to ensure that customs were balanced with public safety. The month-long observance, during which Muslims fast from …

Preparing staff for tent site emergencies

By Dan Nolan III Q: How should I prepare my staff for an emergency on a tent site? A: The nature of an emergency is that it arises unexpectedly. Developing a set of guidelines for staff to follow if an emergency occurs under at tent or on a job site will assist them in efficiently …

Strategies for preventing back injuries

Lifting-related injuries continue to decrease as awareness and prevention increase among employers and employees. According to the most recent data available from U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the number of nonfatal cases involving days away from work dropped from 140,330 in 2007 to 129,990 in 2008. Educating employees on lifting strategies and providing a …

Analyzing power lines during tent installation

August 1, 2010

By Tom Markel Q: How close is too close to power lines when installing a tent? A:Electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year, which means electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). …

Driven to distraction

U.S. Department of Transportation regulates texting while driving for drivers of commercial vehicles. The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in January federal guidelines to expressly prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses. “We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with …

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Site safety

June 1, 2010

Stop injuries before they occur. by Jamie Swedberg Tent installers have always known there are risks inherent in the job, but recently certain aspects of the job have become more hazardous. This fact has the industry increasing its focus on minimizing risks. “Five years ago, we would send a guy up on the roof of …