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  • Safety Information

    IATSE Local 122 is dedicated to safety in the workplace. Every contract addresses safety. Every class we teach address safety. Every job we do monitors the safety of ourselves and our co-workers. We do not just make sure we are safe, we make sure that everyone else around us is safe. See the articles below on information to help make your job safety secure.

    May 07, 2013

    Plasa Standards


    PLASA’s Technical Standards are now available for free thanks to ProSight Specialty Insurance. Since we announced this sponsorship over 7,800 standards have been downloaded by individuals involved in every aspect of the industry:


    Click here to go to the page


    Jeff Carter, Retired Head of Indiana OSHA and Head of the Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Investigation told us, “Jim Digby (Event Safety Alliance) sent me your note about ProSight and your ability to distribute the ANSI standards. I appreciate your foresight in getting these important documents out to the community where they can help prevent another similar tragedy. I wanted to extend my appreciation for your working out this arrangement. Thank you.”


    Steve Jessop, District Auditorium Manager, Media Production Services, Colorado Springs School District 11 said, “I just wanted to say, as a technical professional who works supporting the public education system, specifically technical theatre education, thank you for making this available for us to interact with as we teach our students to be competent and safe technicians for the entertainment industry.”


    Like PLASA and all the volunteers who write our technical standards, ProSight is committed to the safety of crews and performers and to the millions of people who enjoy the results of their work. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity provided by ProSight to ensure you and your staff know what the standards say!

    Jul 27, 2007

    Jul 26, 2007
    The following information comes for the IATSE Local One website at http://www.iatselocalone.org/

    The ISFP, The International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP), founded in 1988, is a member supported, nonprofi t international organization whose goal is to reduce deaths and injuries from falls both on and off the job.

    To achieve this goal, the ISFP promotes fall protection education, training, and research, supports development and promotion of international standards, and provides a forum for communication and idea exchange among members and other interested parties.

    Click the following for PDF versions of the proceedings:

    Jul 27, 2007

    Tips from OSHA

    Jul 27, 2007

    Jul 27, 2007

    From http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/jul2003/nf20030711_4474_db035.htm

    JULY 11, 2003


    Night workers make more mistakes and are more prone to accidents and illness than nine-to-fivers. Smart companies are waking up

    By Kate Hazelwood in New York
    Edited by Douglas Harbrecht

    Ever since the invention of the light bulb, employers have embraced the notion that by running all-night operations, they could turn out twice as much quality product with little or no additional capital expenditure. After all, a night-shift worker's 2 a.m. is equivalent to a day-shift worker's 2 p.m., right? Turns out that the all-night shift might not be such a bargain after all. A new study from Lexington (Mass.) consultancy Circadian Technologies, which advises the nation's largest companies on how to manage their extended-hours operations, estimates that maintaining the practice may be costing companies a steep $206 billion annually -- $8,600 per worker.

    ADDING IT UP.  The reason: No matter how many espressos night workers might belt back, their bodies are telling them it's time to sleep just when their employers need them to be the most productive. Graveyard-shift workers make five times as many serious mistakes and are 20% more likely to suffer severe accidents, Circadian found. Those on the overnight shift also have a significantly higher incidence of costly diseases and disorders, costing employers billions.

    This is no surprise to occupational health pros, who have done their own studies on work and fatigue. They show that the fatigue that comes from staying up too late, or for too long, routinely leads workers to go easy on the exercise. Night workers also seem to eat more fatty foods during their 3 a.m. lunches. Obesity and diabetes rates are higher among overnight-shift workers, according to Circadian. All-night workers tend to have heart disorders at rates 40% higher than those of workers on dayside shifts.

    Social costs are also high. Night shifters don't go home, have dinner, watch TV, and then go to bed the way nine-to-fivers do. When the sun comes up, they still have to function in a world that's largely unaware they're running on fumes after working all night.

    LIKE BEING DRUNK.  This disruption in life's routines might be why divorce rates are as high as 60% among all-night workers, and why they have 150% more stress-related gastrointestinal disorders. Health-care coverage adds a further $28.8 billion to the corporate bill, according to Circadian. Then there's the high turnover rate for night-shift employees, as high as 300% annually in some industries. This tacks on an additional $39.1 billion in costs.

    Most companies typically don't track their return on investment by shift, much less their benefits costs. Still, some are beginning to look more closely at their night shifts. Circadian client Unilever Group's Jefferson City (Mo.) plant added four hours per overnight shift in 2001 so that employees could have longer blocks of rest time. The result: Productivity increased by 15% and accidents dropped by 40%, the consultancy says.

    Similarly, when Cellu Tissue Holdings beefed up safety training and doubled the number of allowable absences for tired employees at its Enfield (Conn.) plant, it cut accidents in half, at an annual savings of $500,000, according to the company. Canada's Manitoba Hydro now offers transportation home to drowsy workers -- a smart move considering that being up for 18 hours straight stresses the body as much as having a blood alcohol level of 0.08, according to sleep-disorders scientists.

    ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.  Even hospitals are starting to look more critically at the night shift. On July 1, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the national body that oversees medical residents, mandated paring back residents' brutal 100-hour workweeks to 80 hours, and reducing their 30-plus hour patient-care shifts to a maximum of 24.

    Many companies are still reluctant to acknowledge employee fatigue, fearing legal liability. But increasingly, they ignore the issue at their own peril. Last year, a Texas civil court jury found Nabors Drilling liable for $5.95 million in damages when one of its employees fell asleep at the wheel on his drive home from the late shift. More recently, a New Jersey jury found Conrail liable for $52.4 million in damages to the family of an employee killed in an accident caused by another employee who said he was operating on only three to four hours of sleep.

    If productivity costs alone don't institute late-night changes, the specter of a legal judgment just might.

    Jul 27, 2007

    Jul 27, 2007

    Jul 27, 2007

    Brother Calvin Bucon has been working with "Fire, etc. " to establish discounted prices on quality safety harnesses for Local 122 if we can come together to purchase at least 10 harnesses. Remember that a safety harness is required anytime you use a boom lift or have to leave the floor of a scissor lift. These are quality, rated, comfortable harnesses which are preferred by a number of our membership. Contact Calvin Bucon for questions.

    Also, see the related OSHA articles on Fall Arrest Systems:

    Here is a letter from Calvin on this subject:

    Dear Brothers & Sisters:

    I got this info on line at Petzl.com.  The in town distributor is: 

    Fire, Etc.
    2190 Main St.
    San Diego, CA 92113
    Ph.  (619) 525-7286 

    Ask for "Lety" and tell her you are with Stage Hands Local 122 (Mention your association with Calvin). We promise to purchase from her individually but as a group to make up the 10 or more to get the price break @ $225.00 + tx. each  instead of their  $250.00 price. 

    You can receive your harness in 3-5 working days.  

    In comparison, Versales in L.A. wants $260.00 + tx. & shpg., with delivery in 1-2 weeks

    Let me know if there are any problems.  Below are the 2 models for $225.00.  Brendon and Charlie have the Navaho V2 Bod model.  The difference between the two is the V2 Bod is fire rated. 

         If your just looking for the basic fall-arrest harness & accessories and don't want to spend a lot of money, Lety can accommodate you with a U.S. manufacturer, C.M.C.


    Calvin Bucon


    For fall arrest use (chest and back attachment points), with work positioning belt and sit harness, adjustable.

    • Easy to put on.
    • Breathable fabric on belt and leg loops.
    • Very wide padded belt for high level of comfort in work positioning.
    • Two fall arrest attachment points (chest and back) on adjustable V-shaped shoulder straps
    • Adjustable height for back attachment point.
    • Shoulder straps slide through the belt: allowing movement of the leg loops when seated, for improved balance.
    • Large curved attachment points : easy to clip.
    • Two gear loops and 4 strong plastic rings, on either side of the belt, for attachment of tool-bags.
    • Six new easy-adjust, self-locking DoubleBack buckles.

    Technical specifications :

    Reference # Size Waist Leg Loops Weight
    C71 1 1 (S-L) 70 < 100 c 50 < 65 c 1575 g
    7.6 < 39.4 inche 19.7 < 25.6 inche
    C71 2 2 (L-XXL) 80 < 140 c 60 < 75 cm 1680 g
    31.5 < 55.1 inche 23.6 < 29.5 inche
    Available in black C71 N
    CE certified EN 361, EN 358 and ANSI A10 14 type



    For fall-arrest use (chest and dorsal attachment points), with work positioning belt and sit harness, adjustable.

    • Very wide padded belt for high level of comfort in work positioning.
    • Symmetrical side attachment points and chest attachment point specifically designed for work positioning.
    • Two equipment loops and 4 tough plastic rings, on either side of the belt, to attach tool-bags.

    Technical specifications :

    Reference # Size Waist Leg Loops Weight
    C67 1 1 (S-L) 70 < 100 c 50 < 65 c 1800 g
    7.6 < 39.4 inche 19.7 < 25.6 inche
    C67 2 2 (L-XXL) 80 < 140 c 60 < 75 cm 1910 g
    31.5 < 55.1 inche 23.6 < 29.5 inche

    NFPA certified class III and ANSI A10 14, Z359.1.

    Apr 20, 2009

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