International Door & Operator Industry

NOV-DEC 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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V O L U M E 5 1 I S S U E 6 D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 67 ASSOCIATIONNEWS For additional information about the advantages of the IDAssurance Program or for general insurance questions, contact Andrew Stergiou at (212) 603-0321 or via email: Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. is the consulting broker for the IDAssurance Program, and one of the largest and most experienced insurance and surety bond brokerage firms in the country. Sources: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupa- tional Safety and Health. Continued on page 68 2. Classroom and on-the-job training can ensure employees adopt safe practices, and many manufacturers of door products offer advanced training to experienced, qualified installers. 3. Be diligent about the use of proper tools and personal protective equipment. 4. Create a safety culture by training your more experienced installers to mentor and encourage safe practices among younger, less experienced apprentices. There are also plenty of useful, onsite ways to protect your door business from slip, trip and fall claims. The handy guide shown above untangles some common slip and fall exposures for garage door companies and will help companies take sound steps to fewer accidents, fewer claims and a stronger bottom line both a place of business and on the jobsite. How serious are slips, trips and falls? The numbers tell the story: • Work injuries in 2014 attributed to slips, trips and falls, which subsequently required time off: 27% • Number of accidents per 10,000 full-time workers: 29.3 • Number of patients hospitalized each year: 700,000 • Average hospital cost: $35,000 Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention About IDAssurance IDAssurance is the endorsed insurance program of the International Door Association. Created by Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. and designed to meet the insurance needs of dealers and installers, IDAssurance is the only program custom-built to address the unique risks of the door and access systems industry. This program opens the door to a wealth of benefits, including lower rates, broad coverage and enhanced convenience. Because of the customized nature of the program and the strength of Alliant Americas, the majority of IDA members can save significantly on insurance costs while broadening their coverage upon switching to IDAssurance. 27% Work injuries in 2014 attributed to slips, trips and falls, which subsequently required time off: 27% 29.3 Number of accidenets per 10,000 full time workers. 700,000 Number of patients hospitalized each year. $35,000 Average hospital cost. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HAZARD PREVENTION Ladders • Visually inspect any ladder before each use for damage or defects • Don't use metal ladders near power lines or exposed electrical equipment • Use ladders on level, secure surfaces • Keep ladder surfaces and rungs free of slippery or oily materials • Use a ladder with the correct load rating and length • Use signage or barricades to block off any area where the ladder is used Clutter, loose cords, hoses, wires • Organize storage areas to eliminate clutter • Clear walkways • Use cord organizers to bundle cords • Cover cords on the floor with a beveled protective cover or tape cords to the floor Walking surfaces or platforms • Inspect for ice or other slippery conditions that should be salted or cleaned before work begins • Inspect for debris caused from completed work that could cause trips or falls • Patch, fill, or repave outdoor areas that have grooves, cracks, or holes • Use yellow warning paint to indicate changes in walkway elevations • Remove stones and debris from walking surfaces

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