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Crane Industry Services LLC offers lineworker, supervisor and emergency management training for utility and construction crews working in electrical utility applications.
ICEpodz-FR is cooling technology offering the only tested and approved PPE preventive solution to heat. The two-component cooling system was tested by Hugh Hoagland of ArcWear, using ASTM F2621-12 standards and achieving an ARC2 8.7cal/cm² rating. ICEpodz-FR is field tested, endorsed and currently used by utility workers, fire and rescue, electricians and more. The product is designed to function in the harsh conditions of the work environment, delivering immediate cooling through intermittent preventive use and for longer wear if heat illness occurs. Unlike evaporative cooling towels and phase-change products, ICEpodz-FR is the only product on the market that combines effective dry frozen cooling with an FR-rated protective sleeve. The tested and approved ARC2-rated PPE delivers rapid heat relief even in high humidity, with a proven track record of reducing the risk of heat-related illness and injury. Its sleek design features and anatomical design ensure maximum skin surface contact. Lightweight, durable, effective and nontoxic, ICEpodz-FR uses neodymium magnets to secure around the neck and comes in navy, khaki or high-visibility yellow. Dynamic custom branding is available and comes with a manufacturer warranty.
Workrite Uniform Co. has expanded its selection of Dickies FR products to include two additional denim pant styles, a new plaid shirt and a balaclava. These new items are now available for wear trials and/or purchase.
The new denim pant styles combine FR protection with the popular look and relaxed fit of the Dickies X-Series. They include a lightweight option featuring 1 percent Spandex for added comfort and an option with a higher arc rating that is designed for harsher work environments. Both options are built with double-stitched seams and bar-tacks at stress points for added durability.
The new plaid shirt is made from lightweight, 5.3-ounce GlenGuard fabric, which is solution dyed instead of piece dyed to better retain color through laundering and sun exposure. The shirt is available in two different color combinations: navy/tan and cool blue/medium gray.
Each of the two jean styles and the shirt are UL certified to NFPA 2112 and built to withstand industrial laundering.
The balaclava, made from TenCate Tecasafe Plus fabric, features a double-layer hood and a single-ply bib in the front and back. It stretches to fit the face opening under most standard hard hats.
Workrite Uniform Co. www.workrite.com
The MDI Compact Collapse & Wrap Sign System consists of an MDI Compact sign and a WindMaster sign stand (each sold separately). Once the sign is mounted to the stand, it becomes one unit, and if desired, the sign can stay in place in the stand. To store, the sign quickly collapses using the single trigger release button and wraps around the upright on the stand. The rapid deployment significantly improves safety and efficiency in the work zone. Setup takes less than 20 seconds. An optional flag bracket is available.
MDI also offers collapsible cones with a carrying case. The five-piece set features retroreflective exterior bands and internal illumination. Cones are 30 inches tall when extended and only 2.5 inches by 15.5 inches when collapsed. Each cone weighs 8 pounds and extends and retracts in seconds. Other features include internal flashing or steady-on illumination; sturdy rubber base; and a carrying case to store the cones. This product is MUTCD compliant in height and color.
MDI Worldwide www.mditrafficcontrol.com
Designed for use in construction, general industry, ladder climbing and confined space, the FallTech Journeyman FLEX aluminum and steel harnesses are rated to 425-pound capacity and comply with OSHA regulations and ANSI standards. New design elements – including proprietary CamLock torso adjusters – allow quick and secure adjustments with strategically positioned hip D-rings to optimize work positioning. Available with aluminum or steel hardware, the harnesses offer enhanced padding with air-mesh linings for added comfort throughout the day.
Buckingham Manufacturing’s Buck Ladder Tether (BLT) is a ladder-mounted lifeline system that provides 100 percent fall protection for the user while ascending and descending a ladder.
Utility Solutions Inc. has launched the Padmount Hex Adapter Set, which allows greater access to bus bar connectors inside padgear. The sets are manufactured at the company’s Hickory, N.C., plant.
URD cabinets house electrical connections crucial to distribution systems. Heavy gauge wire connections inside the cabinets use bus bars, which can be difficult to reach. Open-end box wrenches, ratcheting wrenches and socket drivers cannot always engage the Allen head bolts because of obstructions or even the cabinet walls themselves. The low-profile adapter set solves these issues, allowing greater access for most any standard wrench.
The set includes one 3/8-inch and one 5/16-inch adapter with a 3/4-inch hex head, allowing any standard wrench to engage Allen head connectors with as little as half-inch clearance. The low-profile design is made from hardened steel and fits all standard bus bar connectors.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com/products/padmount-hex-adapter-set/
Honeywell now offers a new satellite-based connected solution to help governments, companies and other organizations monitor the location and safety of workers in remote locations.
The company’s Personal Tracker utilizes Iridium's low-earth orbit satellite network, the only satellite constellation that provides pole-to-pole coverage, which is necessary for effective remote asset and personnel tracking. The mobile device allows companies to communicate with their workers or track assets anywhere in the world – across oceans, airways and even polar regions.
Emergency services, maritime, military and oil and gas workers can share their location with GPS coordinates and send text messages using the enterprise-grade, ultra-rugged device, which is certified to function in hazardous environments where explosions or a fire may occur due to flammable liquids or vapors. It can be used as a stand-alone, two-way communication device or can be clipped to a backpack to serve as a tracking beacon. It also can be paired with an iPhone so that users can access a Honeywell mobile app that offers features such as interactive SOS, messaging, push notifications, trip information and situational awareness.
The Personal Tracker is exclusive to the Iridium network. With Iridium's two-way communication capabilities, even when used as a stand-alone alerting and tracking beacon, the Personal Tracker can receive current location requests and configuration updates over the air.
Carhartt is adding eight new women’s styles to its flame-resistant line. The new assortment – which includes a jacket, a denim pant and canvas pant, a coverall, a woven shirt and three knit shirts – focuses on fabric and fit, while mirroring the sizing of Carhartt’s non-FR women’s styles.
Purpose-built for women working in the electric utility and oil and gas industries, these functional products will change the way women dress anywhere FR products are necessary, according to the company.
The new styles will be available July 1 at select Carhartt company stores, and also will be available online at Carhartt.com on August 1.
The NEWTON EASYFIT HI-VIZ fall arrest harness from Petzl has a fluorescent-colored vest with reflective strips, making the worker highly visible. It is easily donned thanks to its EASYFIT design. A vest ensures the harness keeps its shape, and the FAST automatic buckles (sternal and leg loop) allow the harness to be donned with both feet on the ground. It offers ergonomic stowage of MGO connectors and has fall indicators. The harness also is certified to North American, European and Russian standards.
Using the Auger-Up Portable Auger Stand from Tiiger is a safe and secure way to keep an auger positioned upright to ease the process of removal and reattachment.
Ripley Tools’ new RMS Remote Mid-Span Stripper is designed for mid-span removal of insulation from energized tree wire and spacer cables. Ripley's RMS tool is quicker and safer than hand tools designed for hot-stick operation, according to the company.
The RMS has a cable range of .60 to 1.75 OD and a voltage of 10 to 35 kV. It is designed for one-man operation from a bucket truck.
The tool head is made from insulated Delrin. It has an intermediate hot-stick shaft, and the epoxy drive shaft maintains a 4-foot approach distance from energized line.
The RMS mid-span strips any phase without removing conductor from spacers, and each bushing comes with a go/no-go-style cable gauge, ensuring the proper bushing is used on the wire.
The kit includes a tool stop clamp that is designed to work with a grip-all stick to maintain safe approach distance. It also comes with bushings of your choice, a convenient carry case with storage for additional bushings and cable gauges. Additionally, the RMS eliminates the need for conductor covers and insulated blankets.
Ripley Tools www.ripley-tools.com
Bigfoot Outrigger Pads has begun manufacturing crane mats encased in C-channel. The mats are available in thicknesses of 6 inches and 8 inches, with many sizes ranging from 2 feet by 4 feet all the way up to 8 feet by 8 feet with hard wood linings. The mats will last for years of service and are powder-coated in safety orange, or they can be powder-coated in your company colors.
Founded in 1995 and incorporated in 1996, Bigfoot has grown from building wood outrigger pads for a few local concrete pumping and crane companies to being a leading wood and plastic outrigger pad manufacturer for OEMs, machine dealers and end users throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Bigfoot Outrigger Pads www.outriggerpads.com
Wrangler FR and Mount Vernon FR have partnered to launch a breakthrough collection of Wrangler FR jeans with revolutionary Cool Vantage technology. Made with Mount Vernon FR’s Cooleemee FR fabric, the jeans feature enhanced comfort due to proprietary cooling technology that wicks perspiration, pulling moisture to the outside of the garment where it can evaporate quickly. This technology increases comfort without sacrificing the protection or durability that a great pair of FR jeans can provide, and it is the first-ever application of cooling or moisture-wicking features to an FR denim jean.
The evaporative cooling process works in harmony with the body’s natural cooling mechanisms to regulate body temperature in hot conditions or during periods of physical exertion. With cooling benefits woven into the fabric that will not wash out over time, Wrangler FR jeans with Cool Vantage technology are developed to last for the wear life of the garment.
Wrangler FR Cool Vantage jeans are offered in a variety of fits and finishes for both men and women. The jeans are NFPA 2112 certified, featuring ASTM F1506-compliant fabric with an arc rating of 15 cal/cm2.
Job sites are unpredictable, with environmental conditions and tasks that can vary widely from day to day. In response, 3M Personal Safety Division has expanded its SecureFit Protective Eyewear line by offering more features and deeper personalization with the debut of the new 3M SecureFit Protective Eyewear 600 Series.
New options with the 600 Series include Scotchgard anti-fog coating that helps provide long-lasting clarity to help the eyewear retain its effectiveness for at least 25 washings with water; rugged anti-scratch coating to help extend the life of the lens; photochromic lenses that darken when exposed to UV light outdoors and lighten when removed from UV exposure indoors; polarized lens to reduce reflective glare; task-specific lens tints that help reduce glare, eye stress and fatigue in a variety of applications; lens options in various colors and shades; and readers with Scotchgard anti-fog coating that come in a range of diopters.
Features such as 3M Pressure Diffusion Temple Technology – allowing for a secure, comfortable fit and the ability to self-adjust to a wide array of head sizes – come standard with every piece of SecureFit eyewear.
The clear lens, clear lens with a foam gasket and grey lens products from the SecureFit 600 series are available now, with the entire series set to release in May 2017.