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New Banner for Arthur Ashe Stadium

The final touches are being done for the U.S. Open to roll into Flushing Meadows, New York. Galasso Rope Works Inc. has been busy on the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium keeping up with the hustle. Our latest project for the USTA, placing the 160ft long, 35ft high Chase Bank banner in place. Wrapped up and ready. Looks good from the 7 train. We can’t wait to see the blimp shots!

Bryan Prekopa

Galasso Ropeworks Inc 2015

We had a great year. We were able to get up and running and put a few jobs in the books. It is always difficult to start with a brand new company. Couple that with the fact that the company did not exist yet, and it is a daunting task to say the least.

With the support andtim 140 resources of an already excellent organization behind us, the rope access crew here at Galasso was able to focus on going out there and taking care of business. We were fortunate enough to do work on some very high profile sites as well. We did an extensive amount of work on 140 West St. and even snapped a few good photos while we were at it. We also got to do some work on Madison Square Garden and a few other significant addresses.

We were lucky to find some really great technicians and supervisors to join our team and they have been working wonders for us ever since. The quoted comments from one of our wtc2customers recently says it all.

“The gentlemen you sent Robin and Tim did a great job today. They were professional and efficient while onsite, not much more I can ask for. “

Our commitment to quality service and safety helps to elevate us (pardon the pun) to a respectable level in a very challenging industry and market. The Galasso name has always meant quality and reliability. Now that it is attached to Rope Access, we are finding a very welcome home here in New York City and an excellent reception from our customers.

Thanks to everyone who made 2015 a success for us. Let’s all keep up the good work.

Bryan Prekopa
Division Manager

Medical Equipment Logistics

Transporting high dollar-value medical equipment poses a unique set of challenges with weight and size combined with sensitivity to shock, vibration and corrosion. Medical equipment including X-ray machines, MRI devices, CT scanners and more represent a significant cost to the purchaser and require the right combination of know-how, experience and capability to transport.

The problems associated with transporting medical equipment can be frequently compounded by the costly time factor spent in having to recalibrate improperly transported equipment. Further issues may include lack of standard dock facilities and loading bays. As the practice of asset relocation becomes more popular, a piece of medical equipment can be moved several times during its operational life. Medical equipment is often purchased on a trial basis and may be returned, spending only a short time in a given location.

To properly address these challenges, it’s critical to contract the services of an experienced logistics firm who adheres to the strict guidelines regulating deliveries to medical facilities. Galasso’s experience in transporting and installing high-value equipment gives purchasing agents the assurances they require to meet their critical commitments to health service providers.

Recent OSHA Meeting Could Spell Changes for Crane Operator Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discussed potential revisions to OSHA’s crane operator requirement in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard this March 31-April 1 in Washington, D.C.

During that time, a special Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) evaluated a draft proposal, reviewed public comments to ACCSH and listened to remarks from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

Background

According to the ACCSH website, the proposal stems from OSHA’s discovery that certification was insufficient to guarantee a crane operators’ safety, but was, according to OSHA “more akin to a learner’s permit.” Other problems involved certification by capacity.

OSHA visited 25 sites with construction employers, crane rental companies, crane manufacturers, crane insurers, testing organizations, accrediting organizations, and trade groups to determine what changes would need to be made to the rules to ensure that employers were training, monitoring and evaluating their crane operators to best safeguard their employees.

Greg Galasso, VP of business development at Galasso, says NYC has the highest standards for operator training and certification in the country.

“NYC incorporates OSHA’s requirements into layers of even more stringent requirements, and Galasso employs the very best trained members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14/15,” says Galasso.

Galasso will monitor the developments of this meeting, and will share updates to the requirements as they are available.

Top 10 Attributes of a Great Truck Driver

GalassoTruckeradGalasso has an immediate need for CDL Class A Drivers with experience driving 53-foot tractor trailers, vans or flat beds for full-time, over-the-road positions. That got us thinking about what separates the good drivers from the great drivers. We came up with this Top Ten List of Attributes we think all GREAT Truck Drivers should have.

  1. An Outstanding Driving Record – At Galasso, we only hire drivers with pristine backgrounds, and it shows! Just check out our on-time records and outstanding DOT Safety rating.
  2. Responsibility – CDL Drivers must be reliable since they are responsible for performing a variety of duties outside of driving and delivering freight, including managing customer paperwork, analyzing mechanical problems as they arise, helping workers load and unload trucks, monitoring road conditions, keeping trip logs, transporting hazardous materials (in some cases), and keeping their truck clean and in good working order.
  3. Endurance – Galasso’s average mileage run a week is 2,500-3,000 miles. You will be home weekly or bimonthly whichever works for you, but either way, you must be ready for the long haul!
  4. Attentiveness – Even though we offer predictable routes, our drivers must be able to remain alert and attentive for long periods.
  5. Independence – Drivers need to be good at working independently because they spend most of their time on the road alone. They need to decide for themselves when to take rest periods, and they need to have the wherewithal to make important judgement calls in an emergency.
  6. Level-headedness – Driving truck can be both mentally and physically taxing. The ability to keep a calm, cool head is essential. Moreover, a Galasso truck driver will often find himself delivering in the heart of New York City, our home base, where size restrictions, idling regulations and parking limitations are obvious challenges.
  7. Good Mechanical Skills – Generally knowing how your truck operates from the inside out helps keep you safe as well as others on the road safe, plus being able to handle common roadside mechanical repairs helps make sure you’re compliant with safety standards at all times.
  8. A Commercial Driver License (CDL) – This nearly goes without saying. Galasso requires a CDL to drive our trucks. That’s because hauling 53 foot tractor trailers, vans or flat beds requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than those required to drive a non-commercial vehicle.
  9. A Defensive and Courteous Driving Mentality – Galasso has maintained an excellent reputation for on-time delivery combining a high level of integrity with superior service for over 60 years. We drive safe, we drive smart and we drive nice.
  10. Timeliness – Because nothing has more importance in transportation than when the shipment will get there.

Applicants must have a minimum 3 years experience. Drivers must be familiar with logs. Think you have what it takes?  Click here to apply!

Industrial Rope Access Q & A

Have you considered how Rope Access work can help you cut costs and achieve better results for your business? We sat down with IRA Division Manager Bryan Prekopa from Galasso to discuss the basics of Rope Access for a variety of industries, how it compares to scaffolding, and to address basic safety questions.

What are the benefits of Rope Access?

Rope Access is beneficial in many ways.  The exemplary safety numbers are reflective of the extensive training that SPRAT technicians undergo.  The ability to operate in extremely difficult situations, safely and efficiently, translates into saved time and effort. Which translates into reduced costs.  A well-managed program helps to create the safest work environment possible.  A reduced overall “job footprint” is beneficial to the customer that is utilizing the service as well.

What are the common uses for Rope Access?

Rope Access has been deployed into numerous applications and industries. Crews for telecommunications support services.  Heavy industry such as petrochemical, and energy production, for inspection and maintenance.  Local Law 11/98 Façade inspection, bridge and dam inspections, geo-technical stabilization, and equipment placement and repair are just some of the areas it has been used with great success.

Why would I need Rope Access for Surveying?

Industrial Rope Access is extremely valuable for investigation and survey.  The limited amount of gear needed and less intrusion on a piece of property or equipment being highly valued by the customer.  Extremely limited exposure to public and property while this process is happening, only helps to create a safer and efficient work area.  These initial site visits can often happen quickly, and with very little interruption to the surrounding activities.

Why is Rope Access better than scaffolding?

Rope access over traditional methods such as scaffolding is beneficial in many ways.  The need for multi craft planning and construction, as well as de-construction, of traditional scaffold equipment, increases man hours exposed.  The amount of equipment and manpower increases with traditional methods, and naturally increases safety related numbers.  Scaffolding is potentially more intrusive on structures and can increase the exposure to surrounding people and areas where it is being worked on.  There are many functions that rope access cannot replace the need for traditional access.  In the circumstances where it can be utilized, rope access is an extremely safe alternative that can significantly reduce the cost of access.

How do I determine if I need Rope Access Services?

Rope access is a very good fit for numerous projects out there with support for “work at height” requirements.  Any task that involves work areas which are difficult to access or create significant exposure risks to personnel, will naturally be better performed by highly trained operatives utilizing specialized equipment.  Rope access is safe and extremely efficient which will translate into savings for the overall project.  A survey by an experienced rope access supervisor to determine the feasibility of this approach, will be the first step to a successful project.

Is Rope Access safe?

Rope Access has safety numbers that are worlds better than other relevant industries.  The training and equipment, coupled with the experts who utilize it, help to create the safest approach to work at height.  Done properly, rope access has an enviable success rate for safe and efficient solutions to work aloft in multiple industries.

Learn more about Galasso’s IRA capabilities today.

 

SPRAT Safe Practices and Outlines for Rope Access

Structural inspection croppedRope Access Work is one of the most challenging jobs in the fields of inspection, construction, and maintenance. To better meet and overcome these challenges, the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians has compiled a comprehensive list of Safe Practices covering work practices, planning, rope access equipment, tools, communication, and rescue and emergency procedures.  Designed to prepare rope access workers with the training they need to work effectively and efficiently, these guidelines ensure that workers are ready to respond to whatever challenges they may face on any given job site.

Using SPRAT guidelines, certified Rope Access Technicians develop a unique Rope Access Plan for each job including equipment evaluation, personnel duties, safety hazards and rescue planning.  Utilizing a SPRAT Rope Access Plan ensures rope access work is done smoothly, efficiently, and safely.

sprat logoAll of Galasso’s rope access workers are SPRAT certified, reflecting Galasso’s commitment to safe and effective workplace practices. Certified Rope Access Program Administrators train Galasso’s rope access techs to SPRAT standards to provide you with our safest and best work.

 

New Rules Bring New Changes to NYC Building Codes

Local Law 141, passed in December of 2014, brings a massive series of updates to the New York City Construction Codes. The law updates the codes (Administrative Provisions, Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Plumbing) to be compliant with the 2009 I-Codes (International Code Council Codes). There were numerous updates relating to rigging, hoisting, and crane work.
Galasso can help you navigate these complex new changes and ensure your projects are up to spec. In addition, our rigging services are compliant with the new rules covering rope access, rigging, and scaffolding.

Contact us  today to find out how we can make sure you’re compliant with NYC’s new Construction Codes.

What’s Next for Warehousing?

The warehouse manager’s job focuses on three things:

  1. Accurately fulfilling orders
  2. Increasing worker productivity
  3. Decreasing labor costs

As more and more of our world becomes easier through the connections with smartphones and tablets, it’s important to Galasso that our warehouse managers use technology to facilitate their jobs.

In a 2014 whitepaper by Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, the implementation of technology to gather big data analytics in supply chain was identified not only as a megatrend for 2015, but also as a “key to success” in supply chain management.

Galasso Warehouse facilities use advanced technology to provide our customers with a superior advantage in distribution, order fulfillment, and other related services,” said Gabriel Tineo, superintendent of warehousing operations. “We have tools which enable you to do business over the internet making your supply chain more efficient. We can provide a totally integrated solution to fulfill all of your supply chain needs.”

Among Galasso’s supply chain technology offerings, customers can utilize our real-time status updates via internet, inventory & shipment reports, immediate load verification, and the new GALIS tracking system.

GALIS contains the following new functions/features:

  • Document scanning: Full-color, multi-page packing slips may now be scanned directly into GALIS and linked to the ID number for that received delivery, generating a PDF of the packing slip which is available by clicking the hyperlink in any report.
  • E-mail notifications: Anyone may now set up an email alert to be sent whenever any warehouse action occurs for a specific job. Email notifications may be sent to an unlimited number of external or internal email addresses. The email alert list may be edited at any time to add/remove email addresses.

No two shipments are alike, but you can trust Galasso to make certain yours arrives on time and without incident.

 

 

Galasso Employs Professional Millwrights

Millwright work is one of the many rigging services provided at Galasso. Millwright workers are trained, skilled professionals involved in the maintenance, repair and installation of industrial machinery. The job demands heavy lifting and specialized skills in often harsh, elevated conditions. Along with the movement of materials, millwrights have the ability to calibrate machinery and diagnose any issues on site. They work on a variety of materials including compressors, conveyors, extruders, mining equipment and other heavy machinery.