Fixed Costume Racks

  1. Prior to adjusting racks, inspect pipe sections to determine if each coupling is secure and all hardware is present.
  2. The supervisor should assess the weight to determine if adequate manpower is present. Manageable pipe relocation should have an adequate number of employees space an equal distance apart.
  3. See to it that proper tools are available before repositioning the racks.
  4. A supervisor should be present to act as a spotter when the racks are adjusted.
  5. All workers should position their rolling ladders adjacent to and as close as possible to their respective uprights. The closer the rod is to your body, the less pressure it exerts on your back.
  6. All ladders should be inspected before use for broken or missing rungs, steps, split side rails, or other defects. Tag and remove from service all defective ladders.
  7. Do not over reach on any ladder; move the ladder when needed.
  8. When ever possible, face the ladder when ascending or descending and maintain three points of contact.
  9. Wear clean, dry shoes with nonskid soles.
  10. Employees should communicate loudly with one another so that all personnel involved in the operation know if any difficulties are encountered.
  11. Once personnel are in place, the supervisor should communicate commands to the others as the rod is carefully repositioned.
  12. Loosen the U-bolts securing the support brackets to the vertical uprights. The nuts should be loose enough so that the brackets and clothing rod can move freely without allowing the nuts to fall off.
  13. U-bolts should be removed only when diagonal braces, or other bracket hardware impedes movement of the rod. The U-bolts and brackets should be immediately secured once the obstacle is overcome.
  14. Grip the rod firmly, tighten your abdomen, and use your legs to lift while keeping your back straight.
  15. Once in the proper position, employees should indicate any changes in elevation or settings. Always give adequate warnings before setting your portion of the rod down.
  16. Secure the U-bolts to the uprights.