News Flash: A Tent is Not a Safe Haven

Tents and membrane structures that are installed for less than 180 days, according to the code are referred to as a temporary installation or, another way to paraphrase it, “A tent is not a safe haven under threatening conditions.” The code is not meant to negatively impact your business, instead, if you fully appreciate the limitations of a temporary installation, you can manage the liability claim if a weather-related accident occurs.

A risk assessment is a process to identify potential hazards and analyze what could happen if a hazard occurs. A business impact analysis (BIA) is the process for determining the potential impacts resulting from the interruption of time sensitive or critical business processes. From <http://www.ready.gov/risk-assessment>

A risk assessment is crucial but does not need to be time-consuming.

A risk assessment could include any of the following:

  • Soil Testing
  • Inspection by a crew chief for defective parts, staking or ballasting
  • Satisfying regulations for tent permits
  • A walk-thru with the client and a document signed by the client
  • Photographs of the installation

Documentation are important if nothing is documented or photographed proving that these procedures have been followed, you are still vulnerable to liability. In last month’s webinar, James Waite discussed shared liabilities and how to limit these liabilities. One of the suggestions for limiting your liability was documenting how you installed the tent or membrane structure.

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