International Door & Operator Industry

NOV-DEC 2017

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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PRESIDENT'S COMMENTARY By Ed Hermanns, President, International Door Association SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY….We all say we are safety con- science and practice proper safety procedures, but do we make it a state of mind? We spend substantial amounts of money on scissor lifts, crank-up lifts, boom trucks, forks lifts, training seminars, and the extensive list goes on and on. All of this equipment helps make the job easier and safer, but do we really know how many times it is used properly or within the limits of the equipment? Not just in our trade, but in other trades I've noticed items lifted that are heavier than the equipment is rated or not used properly. The fact is once your crews leave the shop, they are basically on their own. Here are some additional questions we should all ask our- selves: Installers carry springs or sections up a ladder that are heavy; should we not examine the capacity of the ladder? Is the attachment point the load is connected to capable of handling the load? Depending on the type of material being cut, should safety glasses or an entire face shield be utilized for proper protection? Regarding safety harnesses, are they the proper size for the individuals using them and are they worn properly? Are the winding bars the proper size for the spring hub? For certain, this list of questions could grow to include several pages of tools and equipment that need to be reviewed. During my many years in this industry, I have taken many courses for various purposes. Depending on the course, they all have their proper place on the job. Many organizations such as OSHA, PEOSHA, NIOSH and a host of other govern- ment organizations have been created to protect the worker on today's job site. While we may fear these organizations when they show up on the job, they are really there for the benefit of safety. Unfortunately the fines they impose are an- other side of them. However, one should consider that these fines help fund a host of programs and financial assistance available to us to help provide a safer work environment for our employees. While it can be overwhelming when you examine all the requirements and regulations, it sometimes makes your head spin thinking about everything you need to do to be compliant. There are companies that do a great job at safety and others that need to do a little more. I invite you to look at these organizations to become your safety partner to help create and sustain a better work environment. It all starts with the little things. As an example, try mentioning some- thing every day to your employees about safety and ask them questions. It only takes a couple of minutes, but your investment of time to emphasize safety will start to become a state of mind with those in your organization at the office, warehouse and on the road. IT SHOULD BE OUR STATE OF MIND! 8 International Door & Operator Industry™

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