Heat illness prevention

August 1st, 2021

Ways to keep workers safe during extreme temperatures. High temperatures during the summer months can pose dangerous risks to outdoor workers. Each year, thousands of workers in the U.S. become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some cases are fatal. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), 50-to-70-percent of outdoor fatalities occur during […]

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Add the “why” to the “how” in your training

June 1st, 2021

Important things every installer should know. by Mike Holland Most tent installers receive on-the-job training. Oftentimes it is on a need-to-know basis that is determined by the supervisor or the peers who are on-site.  When training a new team member, trainers should not only explain how something is done, but they should also explain why […]

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Conduct thorough and proper site evaluations to avoid the unexpected

October 1st, 2020

by Pamela Mills-Senn Thorough evaluations are key to avoiding issues that could slow down an installation or even present a danger. Alex Kouzmanoff, president of Aztec Tents, demonstrates using a dynamometer to test anchoring loads. Photo courtesy of Aztec Tents. There’s a time and a place for surprises—a tent install isn’t one of them. Encounter […]

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Disinfecting fabrics in the age of COVID-19

August 1st, 2020

Expert advice for eliminating a deadly virus while keeping employees and end users safe.  by Pamela Mills-Senn  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers of textile-based products like event tents, gym mats and pads, soft seating and bounce houses faced the usual questions from their customers about how to clean and disinfect these items. But there […]

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Celebrating 100 years of head protection

August 1st, 2019

Hard hat manufacturer Bullard celebrates the 100th anniversary of its revolutionary invention.  Women got the vote. Prohibition began. The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I. And worker safety was advanced with a new device—the hard hat. The invention of the hard hat is credited to E. W. Bullard, the son of the founder of […]

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Working safely in hot weather

July 18th, 2019

A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alert offers information and resources to protect workers from heat-related illness when performing activities in high temperatures and humid conditions. Symptoms of heat-related illness include fainting, dizziness, nausea and muscle spasms. Keep workers safe by following these simple safety practices: Provide water, frequent rest breaks and shade. […]

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Climate control for safe tented events

June 1st, 2019

Follow these tips to keep tented events cool and safe in warm months. With 18 holes to play in summer’s desert-like heat, golf tournaments are always looking for ways to keep players and spectators cool. One golf association hosts an annual tournament in Palm Desert, Calif., where temperatures can exceed 95 degrees F. This elite […]

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Basic training principles for new and long-time installers

August 1st, 2018

Training new installers—and long-time crew members—comes down to a focus on safety, product-specific knowledge and product care. Labor is a problem everywhere, with tent rental companies experiencing constant turnover and the need to train new installers. Desperate to fill out their crews, tent renters will often send new employees on the road for installations right […]

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PPE and bad excuses

August 1st, 2017

There are a lot of reasons why workers fail to wear PPE—but none of them are good. Why do tent installers fail to use personal protective equipment (PPE) on job sites? That’s a great question—one without good answers. We frequently see workers on tent sites that are near to and working with loud equipment; moving […]

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Gear is good, skill is better

August 1st, 2017

Innovative equipment and creative problem solvers get the job done. I began my journalism career in photography, and then moved away from it. “You can learn photography on the side!” people said. “Major in print journalism instead!” (Life advice right up there with the realtor who told me in 2004 that housing values almost never […]

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