International Door & Operator Industry

JUL-AUG 2018

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 is Our Number 1 Mission This is probably one of the most important topics and issues that come to my mind every day. Growing up in this industry and also being involved in the fire service for over twenty years, safety has always been a daily concern and one that I make an effort to promote on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it has happened again and it involves another avoidable accident that will most likely require the removal of one and possibly two limbs. Compounded with numerous operations, and recovery, the accident will change this individual's entire life in every aspect. Of course there is an impact to the company, but that is nothing compared to how in a couple of minutes this individual's life and his family's life has totally changed. I have always said it is a good idea to be a little scared about doing your job in the situations we face every day. It makes you take a step back and evaluate the job from a different point of view. Being too comfortable performing the work we undertake is not always a good thing. That's when we take things for granted and don't always step back and look at the possible hazards that exist. In the fire department we had a safety officer. That individual's responsibility was to handle nothing but safety, not only at the firehouse and trainings sessions but also on the fire ground. While I'm sure we can't afford to have a safety individual follow every person around, we still need to take a look at this practice and push our own people. Each individual needs to be the safety officer of their job. People need to not just look at how to perform the task in a safe manner, but to step back for just a moment and look at the hazards that may happen or may be caused by others while performing their job. Do others know where you are working? Has caution tape been put up? Are barriers in place? Ladders tied off? I suggest that even little things like being visible are important. The next time you replace uniforms or shirts, order ones that are a safety color. Another point to focus on could be the fact that warehouses love to stack pallets high next to the doors. Consider asking them to be moved or to be stacked at a 4' height so that the forklift operators can see the door technician on the other side. I most definitely could go on and I'm sure every reader could add pages as well, but you get my idea. Let's make safety training and reinforcement an everyday issue. It doesn't have to take long, just general comments and reminders between meetings on a daily basis. When you do this, everyone will more likely buy into the program, especially when they realize it's for their benefit. Remind your employees that the simplest mistake can change their entire world. Let everyone know that a job site safety evaluation prior to the start of being work is job #1. One thing I always tell my people, "It's just an overhead door. Nothing you do here is worth getting hurt over. Let's be safe and come to work tomorrow happy and healthy." Be safe, Edward Hermanns Safety is Our Number 1 Mission 8 International Door & Operator Industryâ„¢

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