OBERLIN, OH and CHESTERTOWN, NY-- MIA+BSI has released a new video, Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success. This is the institute's first collection of video modules focusing solely on installation safety, highlighting the fact that there is a striking difference between shop safety, where the environment is familiar, to being on location, where each setting is different and requires a clear plan of action. Completed as part of the 2016 safety initiative set forth by the institute's safety committee, eight modules are included in the video, addressing the following topics:

  • overview of installation safety
  • identifying safety concerns early in the process
  • requirements for personal protective equipment
  • installation case studies
  • best practices for material loading and unloading
  • manpower and equipment
  • large-scale commercial installations
  • tile-setting best practices

Modules are self-contained and arranged so that they can be watched individually or as part of an overall installation safety program. "This is a great training resource for anyone sending installers into the field," said MIA+BSI vice president, Jon Lancto. "Training our installers to be safe and professional can only enhance the value of our products and help retain great employees."

MIA+BSI would like to thank the following companies for use of their facilities: Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co., Corcoran Tile & Marble, Inc., Distinctive Marble & Granite, Miller Druck Specialty Contracting, Rocksolid Stone Works, Rugo Stone and Twin City Tile & Marble Co. Funding and in-kind support was also provided by Carrara Marble Company of America, EuroStone Machine USA, Inc., Omni Cubed, Inc., Roura Material Handling and Stone Interiors.

Physical DVDs of Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success are available for purchase at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/2016safetyvideo. The video will also be made available free of charge as part of the soon-to-be-launched Natural Stone University.