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TCA Safety Guideline for Tilt-Up Concrete Construction

This document brings together the leading methods and protocols in the industry from which companies can build their safety and QA/QC programs

The TCA’s Safety Guidelines is the latest resource in a long history of safety information for the tilt-up industry.

TCA safety recommendations began as billfold cards that workers could carry. These were available in both English and Spanish and introduced the primary elements of the tilt-up construction process essential to the safety for crews. The worker cards eventually were broadened into a guideline document that became available to companies looking for messages formatted to deliver at safety meetings. Lift day became the primary schedule component where this safety message was delivered and the entire industry became ingrained to the concept of refreshing and orchestrating worker activities and more importantly, where crew members were not to be, during these safety meetings.

The guideline document was adapted into a checklist in the early 2000s providing both safety- and quality-control information. Procedures for ensuring both safety and quality were the focus as the tilt-up industry was largely defined by its safe practice and then turned to a more definitive message of quality control and quality assurance.

Today, the TCA returns to a more formalized message of safety guidelines with a new product that expands on the succinct areas of focus of previous documents. This product of the TCA Safety Committee brings together the leading methods and protocols of some of the top tilt-up minds in the industry to produce an authoritative position from which companies can build their safety and QA/QC programs. The TCA Safety Guidelines 2013 prepares the industry for a return to high activity, greater volume and faster schedules with a strong attention to the details for protecting crews and delivering quality.

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About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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