According to Alberta OH&S and WCB statistics we can expect many more lives ruined or destroyed this year. In 2013 there were 188 deaths in the workplace. These deaths are labeled occupational fatalities. There were also 53,080 disabling injury claims in the same period! The folks at OH&S and WCB Alberta don’t tell us how disabling those injuries were to the individual or how devastating to the individual’s families.

We won’t have the data for 2014 until June of 2014 but we can conclude that there will be more needless and preventable deaths and injuries occurring in Alberta workplaces this year without some serious changes. So we must ask ourselves: If government and industry can’t or won’t stop the carnage, who can? The answer to this is simple, we the workers can.

We can begin by understanding that there two mindsets or workplace cultures that exist today. We need to understand the difference between the two. In industry today there is what I refer to as an “injury tolerant” culture. This culture has existed for a long time and is alive and well in the minds of the majority. The other mindset is what I refer to as “injury-free”. This idea or mindset is starting to gain momentum in the minds of people and is slowly gaining recognition and understanding by the minority.

“Injury tolerant” culture or mindset exists when the majority of people in the group or organization believe that injuries are simply a by-product of activities required to get work or tasks done. Proponents of this way of thinking also believe that injury causing incidents are both inevitable and unpreventable. In this culture we can expect to hear the phrase “S*%T HAPPENS” often in this environment.

“Injury-free” culture or mindset exists when the majority of people in the group or organization believe that all injury causing incidents are both unacceptable and preventable. All people understand and accept personal responsibility and management mandates education that empowers and supports the right and duty of the individuals to obey the law. (Refusing unsafe work)

The law as stated in the OH&S Act and Regulations (all Provinces and Territories are the same) in Alberta the law (Chapter 4 Actions for workers) states:

“If you think that your work may put you or another worker in imminent danger, you MUST refuse to do it.” (OH&S Act and Regulations. Chapter 4: Actions for workers)

In an “injury tolerant” culture the majority of individuals have not been educated to understand this right and believe that they are likely to be disciplined, laid-off or terminated if they refuse a job or a task. In an “injury-free” culture the individual is educated, empowered and supported by management to exercise this fundamental right.

Moving forward we must ask ourselves: “What culture exists in my workplace?” To answer this we have to understand the difference. We must also ask: “What can I do to change the culture at my work place?” The answer to facilitate this change is simply by educating the individual and therefore acquiring the ability to understand the rights, obligations and duties of the employer and the worker. We can do this by simply starting this safety conversation with a co-worker and your supervisor. If that does not demonstrate a willingness to change, you may need to seek employment elsewhere with an organization that can prove to you that they are committed to supporting your fundamental rights as a worker or individual.

The majority of organizations/companies that have jumped on the “injury-free” bandwagon declare that they support the idea that killing and hurting people is bad and that they are implementing new strategy to prevent injury. In today’s industry organizations need to talk the talk in order to secure contracts. The question is do they walk the walk?

Taking personal responsibility for the safety of yourself, your co-worker and ultimately the security of your family is a good thing! If we decide to not accept this personal responsibility and not take action we have to accept that the next person that is seriously injured or killed may be someone you know. All you have to do is look in a mirror because it may be YOU!

At Hex-Hut we rent safe and efficient portable welding shelter systems. We will help you get the job done faster due to minimal down time and also allow your employees to complete their work in almost any weather conditions. –

Hex-Hut is inventive and creative shelter manufacturer that specializes in portable welding tents, among other things, and offers portable shelters for sale. Anecdotal accounts have it right – Hex-Hut offer a safer alternative to pipeline welding tents and portable welding tents.

The portable welding tents need to be light and easy to move around. This creates comfort when it comes to using the same pipeline welding tents for different location, but it also makes the portable welding tents much lighter than their steel counterparts. Because the pipeline welding tents are much lighter, the threat of falling metal pieces and the muggy environment are diminished. The innovative designs of Hex-Hut makes the company a driving shelter manufacturer in the business of pipeline welding tents and portable welding tents. The portable shelters for sale are in high demand, because they make the safety of the workers a priority, while providing the high quality and durability a pipeline welding tents must have. As a reputable shelter manufacturer, Hex-Hut keeps high the standard of their portable shelters for sale, and at the same time is constantly updating and upgrading the pipeline welding tents and portable welding tents in order to achieve the most logical and applicable solution for welding processes.
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Hex-Hut is one of the tent manufacturers to put in place high quality welding tents and the one to further the field by introducing the portable welding station. The drive of the company to design for portable welding and construct welding tents is the concern for the workers as well as the motivation to improve and increase the client’s productivity rates. With those ideas in mind, portable welding systems became driving force behind the Hex-Hut system and placed the company high within the tent manufacturers.

Our welding tents are very easy to assemble and disassemble, thus the workers require minimum training in order to prepare and put in place the welding tents. The portable welding station is easy to transport and deploy at a chosen location because there is no need of special hardware to assemble the portable welding station. The set of different welding tents that Hex-Hut offers support an array of welding procedures and are suitable across many situations. The fact that Hex-Hut is one of the tent manufacturers that provides portable welding takes them step further from only supplying welding tents. The advantage of having portable welding station is that one unit can serve across different situations which will save money and labour power. The portable welding station can be assembled by the workers themselves as has been the testimony of companies that have successfully implemented and used the system.
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The advantages of Hex-Hut designs are many. The experience and real life situations have inspired the creation of portable welding tents, portable shelters and temporary shelters. We believe that the welding tent should work and perform well under variety of weather conditions and we strive to constantly develop and upgrade our products to fit the growing market. For those reasons and purposes, we developed the portable shelter.

We hold in high regard the products we manufacture because of their applicability to a diversity of situations. For example, our portable welding tents are the perfect solution when you need to complete welding processes in different locations in short amounts of time. Those portable shelters and temporary shelters are easy to assemble and easy to disassemble and move from one site to the other. Those portable shelter solutions can shorten the time needed to complete multiple projects, while the portable welding tents and temporary shelters provide the high durability and quality you expect from a welding tent. Furthermore, we take into consideration the real situations and the real conditions the workers face and we understand the poor conditions that can sometimes arise within a welding tent.
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Hex-Hut meets the demands of the market for heavy duty tents and utility tents. We adapt our heavy duty shelter dimensions to fit the working site properly and we are confident that any customer will be satisfied with the quality of our utility tent. The heavy duty tents for sale are made to fit the dimensions that the welding site requires while at the same time the heavy duty shelter is portable and flexible.

There is increased need for portability and flexibility of utility tents, while maintaining the safety of the workers and protection from the environment. The heavy duty shelter needs to be well suited for the site, needs to withstand any weather and at the same time needs to be light and easy to operate. Thus, the heavy duty tents for sale that Hex-Hut offers include the technology to make all comforts possible and ensure safe and productive welding process. In Hex-Hut we know what the expectation of heavy duty tents are, we know that different dimensions need to be covered and we know that the heavy duty shelter could and should be used on multiple sites. To take it a step further, our heavy duty shelter can be moved to a different location without being completely dissembled, only partially, which saves you time and effort.
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In Hex Hut we make it our goal to deliver high quality, safe and efficient welding shelter for your business. The commitment to our product is seen from the effort and designs we employ, for example the portable welding shelters that our company delivers. We stand firmly behind our welding shelters because our developed Shelter systems allow for temporary shelter that provides the comforts and safety needed for you employees to complete projects in various weather conditions.

The Shelter Systems that we use are the fruits of a long and well thought out plan and design by Mark Moroney. Because of his experience and progressive thinking, the Shelter Systems we employ deliver a variety of welding shelters – portable welding shelters as well as temporary shelter, anything that will ease the work of your employees and will suit your business needs the most. The idea for the welding shelters filled a crack in the business and it has supplied a safer and more efficient way to do welding. The safety and efficiency of the shelter systems stems from the personal experience of Mark, who saw all the problems that the welding shelter has and the negative impact it has on the workers.
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