Do you strive to only deliver the bare minimum to your customers? At Mahaffey, neither do we. Averaging 3-million square feet of installations each year, our highly experienced installation teams are consistently and extensively safety-trained and certified. Leasing a turnkey solution from Mahaffey means you have the safest team in the business working with you on your next project.
The last thing you need is a project delay because of a jobsite injury or because a temporary structure vendor doesn’t have the necessary certifications to enter your job site or get the job done right. You need a safe, certified crew to ensure your project stays on track. And that’s exactly what Mahaffey delivers.
Our expert teams maintain critical site-specific credentials and professional and safety certifications, so you know your installation is in the best hands in the industry. Our certifications meet/exceed all local, state, and federal laws and requirements. Our team members are all required to pass initial and random drug testing to be a member of our team. Our employees are highly trained, fully committed to safety in every aspect of every project.
Mahaffey has you covered in 3 key aspects of safety
At Mahaffey, we understand the critical ways safety spans every aspect of your temporary structure project — from initial design and installation to structure removal, and everything in between.
Safe Structure Design & Engineering
Your fabric structure is responsible for keeping people, equipment and materials safe. Whether you are looking for a standard “off-the-shelf” structure or a custom design, your structure type, location, ground surface and weather conditions are key safety considerations that should be evaluated up-front.
Your Mahaffey project manager will guide you through the structure design and selection process every step of the way, and that begins with a site location evaluation. Site consultation ensures every project gets off on the right foot — safely. Your project manager will work with you to assess structure options to meet your needs, including design considerations and amenities to help you keep your crews and materials safe and avoid costly delays due to workplace incidents. For example, your operations may require a workspace free of interior beams that could obstruct the floor area. In such cases, an “open-design” clearspan fabric structure is an ideal solution.
Mahaffey will also consider crucial climate factors like extreme wind or snow, as well as soil quality at the installation site, when making recommendations.
Extreme weather can easily take down temporary structures that aren’t properly engineered. Seasonal elements like heavy rain and wind shouldn’t be overlooked when choosing on-site lunch and break tents, temporary-warehouse structures, and maintenance facilities. Standard tents that aren’t wind-load certified can typically withstand wind speeds of 30-50 miles per hour. These structures don’t stand a chance against 65 MPH wind gusts, let alone heavy rains. A properly engineered wind-load certified structure from Mahaffey can withstand heavy rainfall and wind loads up to 130 MPH.
In addition to fast installation time and extreme durability, another major benefit of temporary structures is that they can be installed on virtually any ground surface. Soil quality is key to identifying the best location for your structure. A foundation isn’t necessary for a structure to be strong and stable — even in extreme conditions. Mahaffey’s professionals will assist with soil testing to determine whether a site’s soil is suitable for the structure — a crucial step in making an informed site-selection decision.
Soil and anchors work together to stabilize a structure. Not all soil is suitable for standard anchoring, so we test the soil to see what kind of load it can handle before making anchoring recommendations. When the soil provides little or no resistance to uplift forces, basic stakes can’t do their job. In cases of poor soil, heavy ballasts that might sink aren’t an option, either. On sites experiencing soil issues, helical anchors are an ideal solution to increase holding power. This was the case recently for a project we completed in southern Louisiana. Following massive flooding, a school district brought in Mahaffey to install five temporary classrooms. Even though the soil tested poorly for strength, we used helical anchors on the existing ground surface to provide the needed strength and stability for one of the structures.
Safe Installation and Dismantle/Removal
Employee safety is critical to work-zone success. That’s why our highly-trained and experienced installation teams put safety first on your jobsite — during installation, as well as during structure dismantle and removal. We understand that selecting a company to install a temporary fabric structure is a big decision. Pick the wrong vendor, and you’re at risk for unnecessary and expensive delays in your project.
Injuries lead to delays. Installation delays equate to increased timelines, which means increased budgets. Safety is paramount to keeping your project on time and on budget and protecting all parties involved. Our own (as well as yours) employee safety is at the forefront of our minds every day, and we implement considerate safety precautions to prevent job-site injuries make a significant difference for your project timing, as well as your overall project budget.
Mahaffey not only leads the industry in meeting safety requirements — we go above and beyond. We have safety measures in place that identify near misses/accident potential so that we can chart any potential problem and implement additional safety measures when projects are more complex.
During a recent installation, though Mahaffey was meeting OSHA’s safety requirements, our site-safety officers were concerned that the fall-prevention practice for workers on an elevated surface that included securing workers to a single anchor point could still leave workers susceptible to injury. Without causing any delays to the project, Mahaffey implemented an innovative lifeline system, which employs a rope tensioned between two anchor points. We continue to use this system in similar projects today.
Whether your structure is a break tent, workspace or trade-show exhibition space, your expert Mahaffey project manager will evaluate several factors to ensure the safety of the people and equipment your structures are designed to protect. Factors like:
- How many people will use the space at any given time?
- Should all structures be fabric buildings or do any structures need to be outfitted with insulated steel sidewalls to enhance security?
- Are weather conditions such as extreme heat, extreme cold, wind, rain, lightening or snow a concern?
Mahaffey’s experts will work closely with you to vet any potential risks and to plan to right-structure solutions to mitigate that risk. After all, do you really want to leave the safety of your guests, crew or materials to chance?
Our focus on your safety doesn’t end after installation. One major benefit of leasing a turnkey fabric structure is that your structure provider can respond to maintenance issues that arise on leased equipment. Don’t let malfunctioning equipment create safety concerns for your crew. As soon as you notice a problem, call for maintenance support.
Our Extensively Trained and Certified Teams are Ready to Take On Your Next Project
Our highly trained teams install your structures in a safe and timely manner, and our track record proves it.
In addition to possessing our general contractor license, Mahaffey’s highly-trained teams are proud to hold safety-crucial certifications including:
- TWIC - Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is required for workers who need access to certain secure areas. TSA conducts a security threat assessment (background check) to determine a person’s eligibility and issues the credential. TWIC certifications mean our crew is screened and ready to be on-site – in even the most security-sensitive locations.
- OSHA - OSHA Basic Plus, OSHA 10, and OSHA 30
- HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) is covered under OSHA standards 29 CFR 120 for workers and employers who are exposed to hazardous substances and are engaged in cleaning, treatment, storage and disposal of such materials. The guidelines provided through the course regulate hazardous waste operations and emergency services in the US and its territories.
- Forklift and Aerial Platform Certification.
- National Safety Council
- Training meets 29 CFR 1926/1910 standards and includes training for powered industrial equipment, personal protection equipment, fall hazards training, and many more.
- Mahaffey partners with Pearson Safety Services LLC, a third party safety professional team, with a staff of highly trained safety professionals lead by Donna S. Pearson, CSP with over 30 years in the safety field that work with Mahaffey to ensure training is taught per OSHA guidelines and through behavioral based Safety standard.
Mahaffey is second-to-none in experience, service and safety. Our installation teams are highly trained, extremely capable professionals with extensive safety certifications. This means two important things:
- Your installation won't be delayed while you wait on your vendor to obtain the necessary certifications to be on your site.
- Mahaffey’s installations are hands-down the safest in the industry.
Mahaffey has been the best in the business for over 90 years, and there’s not much we haven’t seen. Our team is comprised of experts who pride themselves on ensuring each customer’s needs are met in a professional and timely fashion. We bring a culmination of experiences across a variety of industries and climate conditions to every project. That means no one is more capable of flawlessly handling your next project than Mahaffey.