The Ensuing Worker Safety Act

June 1, 2010

A bill introduced in March to the U.S. House of Representatives proposes to change the relationship between state and federal safety programs. The Ensuing Worker Safety Act (H.R. 4864), introduced by Rep. Dina Titus from Nevada’s Third District, seeks to ensure that state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans are as effective as federal …

Ladder safety

Tips to prevent falls and injuries. OSHA estimates that there are 24,882 injuries and as many as 36 fatalities per year due to falls on stairways and ladders used in construction. Nearly half of these injuries were serious enough to require time off the job. Solutions: Use the correct ladder for the task. Have a …

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The advantages of proper engineering

April 1, 2010

Proper engineering trumps attempts to save money and time. by Janice Kleinschmidt Last May, consulting engineer Nicholas Goldsmith received a call for help with a tent for the July 4 Coney Island Festival and Flea Market. “A client who purchased a rental tent system from China set it up not realizing that the engineering used …

Influencing flammability standards

December 1, 2009

Monitoring change in California State Fire Marshal Flammability Requirements. By Juli Case In the United States, the state of California is often the front-runner in addressing issues of flammability. Not only must companies that do business in California adhere to the California State Fire Marshal’s (CSFM) requirements, but those requirements are often adopted by other …

Working with variations in building codes

October 1, 2009

By Juli Case Q: I’m installing a tent in a county I haven’t worked in before and the local code official is asking for things that aren’t in the building code. What do I do? A: The International Building Code (IBC) is a model building code, meaning that even in states that have adopted it, …

Material safety

Make sure your company is buying quality tents made from quality components. Competition in tent manufacturing raises the bar—that’s true no matter what the industry. But competition also raises the responsibility of tent rental companies to do their best to investigate the quality of the tents they’re purchasing. So how can your company do its …

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Spotting tent quality

August 1, 2009

Knowing how to spot superior shelters can save the day. By Barb Ernster John Crowley can spot a quality tent just by looking at it. “You get a feel for a good tent when you see it. It looks structurally superb,” says the general manager of ProEm Distinctive Tents in Denver, Colo. He sums up …

Safe driving practices

Save lives by educating your employees on safe driving practices. Stay safe Use a seat belt at all times—drivers and passengers. Be well-rested before driving. Avoid taking medications that make you drowsy. Set a realistic goal for the number of miles that you can drive safely each day. If you are impaired by alcohol or …

Crane safety

June 1, 2009

Glen Johnson, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers (I.U.O.E)/Local 49, testified in front of an OSHA panel in Washington D.C. on March 17, hoping to help shape newly proposed standards that would improve crane safety across the United States. In Minnesota, Johnson has been an instrumental leader in improving training and certification …

Power line safety

Overhead and buried power lines at construction jobsites are especially hazardous because they carry extremely high voltage. Fatal electrocution is the main risk, but burns and falls from elevation are also hazards. Using tools and equipment that can come in contact with power lines increases the risk. The following equipment should be used with caution …