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Tumbling into the frigid waters of
Lake Michigan is a big concern, he says,
as is falling on concrete if the boat is
" on the hard. " But among the riskiest
situations are those posed by difficultto-access
spots.
" I feel like we need to make the
owners/boat dealers provide us with a
safer way to reach certain boat areas, "
McMahon says. " If you've ever been in
a winter boat storage facility, you know
they are packed in like sardines. This
also creates risks like getting onto the
boat and hitting your head on an anchor
from the boat behind because they are
stored so closely together. "
Most of Custom Canvas Alaska LLC's
boat work happens indoors, says Devlin
McKee, owner. Located in Fairbanks,
Alaska, the shop provides custom boat
tops and accessories, as well as portable
shelters and arctic covers for vehicles
and heavy equipment.
When working on boats indoors, the
team constructs scaffolding around the
vessel to create a wider platform, says
Devlin, making sure to keep sufficient
clearance around it and that all the
proper installation tools are right at hand.
Another safety measure involves scissors.
" Early in our business, scissors were
carried around in pockets and not
properly attached to the fabricator, " he
explains. " This increased the possibility
of puncture wounds or loss of equipment,
so we created a holster to be worn on a
belt by every fabricator. The holster locks
the scissors in place so it doesn't fall out. "
Marco Canvas, which provides custom
shades, marine canvas and outdoor upholstery
to multiple markets and also offers
a patented product line for retractable
mooring covers, uses a digital automation
process to help reduce the time workers
spend in the field, minimizing the opportunities
for accidents, says Skrzynski.
" We keep our crew
safe with signage
and awareness,
cleanliness
and PPE, proper
training and
communication.
Once a procedure
is explained as
to why it has
changed, people
are more receptive. "
Devlin McKee
Custom Canvas Alaska LLCC
ABOVE: Custom Canvas employees used
to carry scissors around in their pockets
risking puncture wounds and misplaced
or lost tools. To address these issues, the
company created this belt holster so
workers can keep their scissors locked
safely away yet always at hand.
LEFT: Custom Canvas Alaska built this
enclosure for its metal work area. It keeps
the volume low enough so that only the
technicians inside the enclosure have to
wear ear protection. The tinted curtain
diffuses the emitted light so fabricators
outside the barrier don't have to wear
safety glasses when welding is taking
place. Photos: Custom Canvas Alaska LLC
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