Inflatable / January 4, 2019 / Esperanza Langlais
Inflatables came very much into the public eye as architectural and domestic object when synthetic material became commonplace. Iconic structures like the US Pavillion on the 1970 Osaka Expo by Davis and Brody and Victor Lundys travelling pavillion for that Atomic Energy Commission popularized the idea that inflatables can be a way to build large structures with very extendend interior spans without pillars. These nice hopes for inflatable structures would later be dashed by the many practical difficulties faced by inflatable buildings such as climatization safety sensitivity to wind and fire proofing that currently restrict their use to very particular circumstances.
Once all anchors are fastened and the inflatable is fully inflated the delivery person can now check to make sure that wires are not causing a tripping hazard there are no sharp objects protruding near or on the inflatable there are no overhead power lines and so forth. Making sure every precautions are taken to ensure safety. Most often than not an injury will occur when a delivery person gets too careless about setting up the inflatable and doesnt follow all the safety steps. Inflatable products should never be used during certain weather conditions. Winds over 20-25 miles per hour can cause the inflatable to move or if the speed is high enough to make it airborne.
These are a step above the event rentals but with the same basic concept. Instead of renting inflatables and choosing some employees to man them this company targets specific carnivals fairs and public events like the California State Fair. They set up a permanent location at these events pop up a large inflatable and people purchase tickets to enjoy the inflatable area for a certain period of time. For this company the wear and tear on the inflatables is less sporadic and more of a full time concern. However they make a constant stream of money during the events unlike the one-day rental options.