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.

Rising Temperatures Lead to Increased Safety Measures

For those of us who reside in Florida, the heat is a well-known safety factor when it comes to roofing and construction.  And with rising temperatures nationwide (and globally), the need for taking proactive safety measures has never been more apparent.

According to NOAA’s 2020 Annual Climate Report, the combined land and ocean temperature on the planet has increased at an average rate of 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit (0.08 degrees Celsius) per decade since 1880; looking at more recent decades, the average rate of increase since 1981 has been more than twice that rate (0.18°C / 0.32°F). While that may not appear to be much, even just the slightest increase in overall global temperature can lead to record heat, heat waves and extreme weather events, all of which have been on the rise.

Scientists have concerns and confidence in that global temperatures will continue to rise for decades to come. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes more than 1,300 scientists from the United States and other countries, forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century.

Currently, we are facing the start of summer, and according to Weather.com, temperatures will reach above average for the season across the U.S. A hotter than average June through August is expected from the West Coast to the Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes. The northern and central Rockies into the northern and central Plains have the best chance for a hot summer, with the East and Southeast expected to be near or slightly warmer than average.

So, with all this talk of high temperatures, what can you do to ensure the safety of your team and crew members?  Here are a few tips and resources to help you take the appropriate steps to prepare your crews for the increased temperatures ahead:

Train Your Team

It is the responsibility of the employer to train all team members and workers on heat hazards, signs of heat exhaustion and illness, as well as first aid.  A good place to start is to check out OSHA’s resource for recognizing heat-related illness.  You may also choose to run a team training series and hire a professional like Brauner Safety Services to design and implement a safety program to keep everyone up-to-date and heat-ready.  Whatever method you choose, make sure that the training is provided in multiple languages to meet the needs of your crews and keep them safe and informed.

Timing is Everything

Keep in mind the 20% Rule – The rule states than no more than 20 percent of the duration of a new worker’s shift should be at full intensity in the heat.  As they become more accustomed to the heat, the duration of time at full intensity should be increased by no more than 20 percent per day until fully acclimated.

Another way to provide limited time in the heat is to stagger crews on site throughout the day, alternate crew members from interior and exterior areas of the project and follow “Water. Rest. Shade”.  According to OSHA, “Water. Rest. Shade” means that workers should drink one cup of water every 20 minutes while working in the heat to stay hydrated. In higher temperatures it should be standard practice for workers to take frequent rest breaks in shaded, cool, or air-conditioned areas to recover from the heat.

Know Your Resources

OSHA has a full website dedicated to resources that keep employers informed, as well as provide tools to educate their employees about heat hazards and safety measures.  In 2011, OSHA launched a comprehensive campaign to prevent illness and fatalities caused by exposure to high temperatures on the job.  You can learn more about  OSHA’s campaign to prevent heat illness by visiting the heat exposure section of their website, as well as find a library of helpful (and printable) resources in English and Spanish. 

To learn more about workplace safety and have a customized safety plan and training program developed to meet your needs, contact Brauner Safety Services.

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