Benefits of OSHA Training

Every roofing contractor knows the importance of safety on the job.  With roofing being a high-risk occupation, safety measures and regular safety training should be a top priority for all employers.

Within the industry, there are numerous trainings and certifications required to run a safe, effective, and efficient operation.  From CERTA Torch Safety Training to OSHA and Fall Protection, it is important to diversify and tailor your safety training program to meet the needs of your crews.

That being stated, today we are focusing specifically on the benefits of OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 safety training.  OSHA training is essential because it increases employees’ awareness of workplace hazards and how to mitigate risks that can lead to accidents and fatalities on the job.

Employers can also reap financial benefits from investing in OSHA training. Those benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Avoidance of penalties from OSHA inspections
  • Reduction in workers’ compensation burdens
  • Increase in productivity and financial performance

Additional program benefits include:

  • Development of a safety culture
  • Team building through hands-on and participatory training activities
  • Customized programs with emphasis on areas that are most important to your crews
  • Employer demonstration of the value of safety and health to workers
  • Meeting the needs of non-English speaking employees through classes offered in Spanish (available upon request).

What is the difference between the 10-hour and 30-hour programs?

While both programs cover various hazards and risks that can be encountered on the job site, the 10-hour training program has been designed to meet the needs of entry level workers, while the 30-hour training program is designed for supervisors and those who hold some level of responsibility when it comes to safety and health.  OSHA 30 provides workers with a wider variety of safety topics at a greater depth than OSHA 10. All OSHA training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control, prevention, and more.

Upon completion of the program, students will receive an OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour course completion card. More importantly, OSHA 10 & 30 hour students will come away from the program with a genuine appreciation of their value and role in safety on the job.

To learn more about OSHA Safety Training and other essential safety programs offered by Brauner Safety Services, check out the list of services here.  To book a training session at your workplace or job site, contact Brauner Safety Services today!

Product Spotlight: The Falcon Safety Cart

When it comes to safety on the job, there are more than just policies and procedures to consider.  Regular safety training, inspections and proper management also play a part in a cohesive safety plan, not to mention the safety equipment you use (and how you use it).

When looking at the leading causes of injuries and fatalities on the job, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified four leading causes of death in the construction industry; the “Fatal Four” include falls, struck by an object, electrocutions, and caught in or between. Year after year falls take the #1 spot and are considered the leading cause of construction deaths.  For this reason, fall protection is essential to every crew – From proper training to high-quality equipment, roofing and construction professionals must take preventative measures to ensure that all crew members are safe and protected on the job.

This is where the Falcon Safety Cart comes into the picture.  The Falcon Safety Cart is a mobile fall protection system built with a lightweight frame designed for easy transport between job sites. At 450 pounds, it is the lightest cart on the market; it is also the only fall protection cart on the market that has a patented feature that includes a built-in shock pack which reduces fall arrest to 740 pounds of force, exceeding OSHA standards.  It offers a convenient three-man tie-off with quick & easy assembly/disassembly and drop pins for multi-level roof systems.

As for mobility, the Falcon Safety Cart offers a unique and compact design that disassembles, allowing it to effortlessly fit in a truck. On the job, it offers quick and easy movement along multiple roof systems.  The Falcon Safety Cart not only meets but exceeds OSHA requirements.

The Cart’s proof of success goes beyond success on the job site.  The product has been rigorously tested by a third-party. The report details the testing and functionality of the On Top Safety Falcon Fall Protection Cart, and several tests were performed to verify that it will adequately arrest a fall. The manufacturer designed the cart to comply with 29 CFR 1926.502, Fall Protection systems criteria. 

To learn more about the Falcon Safety Cart, as well as other safety equipment, training and consulting, contact Brauner Safety Services today!

Brauner Safety is More than Training

While Brauner Safety Services is well-known for its quality roofing, construction and safety training programs, did you know that it also serves as a leading provider of roofing and safety equipment?  It’s true.  Brauner Safety Services has actually been in the business of roofing equipment for more than 40 years, and with every year, Brauner Safety provides roofing and construction professionals the latest and greatest the industry has to offer.

Now for a little history… Jim Brauner (founder and President of Brauner Safety Services) started in the roofing sales business in 1979, working with his brother at Brauner Equipment Company in Virginia. In 1997, Jim moved to Florida where he took a position at Phoenix Sales and began to expand his knowledge and network within the roofing industry. Over the years, Jim Brauner has developed and led hundreds of safety training programs, educating thousands of roofing professionals to be safer and more effective on the job site.  Additionally, he has developed strong and long-term relationships with some of the best brands and companies in the business.   

From FallBan and Safety Rail Company to RoofMaster and Sievert, Brauner Safety Services offers the best of the best in roofing and safety equipment to help keep crews safe and productive on every job site.  Just check out the latest list of Brauner’s brands here.

Many of Brauner Safety’s products and services can be found on both the Brauner Safety Services and CERTA Training websites. For those who attended the FRSA Convention and Expo in Orlando last week, you may have met up with Jim in one of his educational sessions or on the tradeshow floor.  If so, then you had a chance to get in on orders that are now being taken for the Steinel Mobile Heat 5 Roofing Kit, and any of the other in-demand tools and equipment that were on display and available for demonstration and ordering.

Brauner Safety Services offers a full line of roofing safety tools and accessories and is always available to provide guidance to help you make the right decision on the equipment that will best suit your needs and crews.  To learn more about consulting services, training and equipment available to keep you and your team at the top of their game, contact Brauner Safety Services for more information.

Managing Client Expectations Under the Current Supply Shortage

As most of us make our way back to somewhat normal business operations, there is no denying that the pandemic has changed much of what we do, and how we do it.  In addition to the demand for increased safety measures, contactless consultations, and interactive technology, the roofing and construction industries have experienced a massive hit to the supply chain.

Prices for lumber and other construction materials and supplies are rising, and there is no relief expected until at least 2022. According to a recent report, on May 21st the cash price per thousand board feet of lumber climbed to $1,514, reflecting a massive 323 percent increase from April 2020  (source: Fortune).  The accelerated and dramatic increase is considered to be the fastest gain in pricing since the post-World War II housing boom.

Additionally, just this month (June 2021), IHS Markit and the Procurement Executives Group (PEG) reported that engineering and construction costs rose for the eighth month in a row, with all materials and equipment categories reporting increases for six consecutive months. (Source: ForConstructionPros.com) With low supply and high demand, the price increase is not the only pain in the side of roofing and construction professionals – It’s the delay in starting projects due to the inability to secure the materials needed.

For many contractors, lead time on materials is pushing jobs back up to six months or more, and it can be a cause of both confusion and frustration for clients.  For this reason, it is critical that contractors clearly communicate with clients about the delay and effectively manage expectations.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you inform clients of the current conditions:

  1. Plan Ahead – For existing clients, it is vital to inform them of the importance of planning ahead.  With the current rise in demand and cost of materials, delays in receiving materials are only getting lengthier; the longer they wait to make a decision, the greater the delay may be to begin and complete the job.  By planning projects earlier than expected, they may be able to decrease the wait time.
  2. Pay Now – While prices are high now, they are only going to get higher.  According to various industry projections, prices for materials are expected to increase over the next three quarters. Planning and paying in advance may save the customer up to 10 to 15 percent now for a project that will be started later.
  3. Make it Temporary – Some clients may have a need for immediate repairs that can’t wait for all materials to be available.  For this reason, it is important to offer a variety of temporary solutions until the project can commence.  Offer repairs and remedies that you can do now to keep their roof watertight for rainy season and protected until the full scope of services can be met.  Consumers will be looking for assurance that, despite the delays, any necessary repairs will be made now to ensure their safety and a successful job in the future.

While contractors cannot control the supply chain, they can control how they communicate with clients to manage expectations.  In uncertain times like these, developing security and trust with clients is more important than ever before. By being patient, providing open communication and encouraging clients to be proactive and to plan ahead, you will be able to build a relationship that will benefit you and your clients far beyond the life of the contract.

To learn about how Brauner Safety Services can provide security for your business in the form of safety training programs and equipment, job site assessments and consulting services, contact Brauner Safety Services.

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