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
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/
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.
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
The Spread Dog Triplex Wire Spreading System consists of the Spread Dog, Lineman’s Chopsticks and Dog Bone. Together, the system’s components make it almost fun to perform a midspan.
The Spread Dog System – designed by Ladder Safety Solutions
Utility Solutions Inc. is set to be the newest U.S. provider of lifting blocks. The company’s Conductor Lift Snatch Block is machined from aluminum, not cast, and will offer a high-quality, USA-made alternative for utilities and contractors. Production has already begun at Utility Solutions’ Hickory, N.C. plant.
Lifting blocks, sometimes called snatch blocks, allow hot-line crews to capture and control overhead conductors and maneuver them into place during construction, maintenance and repair. Most blocks are heavy, imported cast units that are difficult to operate.
Despite weighing only 3 pounds, the pulley lists a 1,500-pound maximum working load rating. In addition, all of the components have been designed with longevity in mind. The lifting eye is 1.25-inch zinc-plated steel, and the machined aluminum sheave, or roller, uses an oil-embedded bronze bearing.
The other noticeable feature of this conductor lift is the spring-loaded one-way gate. It allows a conductor to snap in easily without latches, locks or pins. The gate keeps the conductor captured until operated by a lineworker, and makes using the pulley easier and safer than conventional blocks.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com
The Lifter PLUS from Rock Mills Enterprises complements and builds on the success of the existing Lifter. According to the company, the Lifter is the most innovative product on the market to safely and efficiently remove manhole covers and drainage grates.
The Bull Station is an all-in-one safety station that helps companies be proactive in terms of safety. It enables a company to remain compliant while making safety convenient for operations. The benefit of using the Bull Station is that it is a way to organize your job site and encourage daily focus on safe work practices. The unit houses materials necessary for workers to do their jobs, and it provides the flexibility to be moved to different projects, making it versatile for a variety of industries. In addition to addressing first aid and fire safety, the Bull Station also can be used as a hydration/shade station. The unit has been used in the oil, construction, mining and farming industries. There are many options to add to your station to assist with compliance and convenience.
Bullay LLC www.bullayco.com
Built to survive high voltage and the extreme conditions lineworkers face on a daily basis, Milwaukee Tool’s new M18 LED Utility Bucket Light is specifically designed to attach to utility buckets and features dual rotating heads that provide 2,500 lumens of TRUEVIEW High Definition light.
Through a patented spring-loaded bucket clamp, the M18 LED Utility Bucket Light is easily adjusted to fit all size bucket lips up to 4 inches. Its low-profile design allows it to stay tight to the bucket so users have peace of mind that it won’t come into contact with branches or utility poles. Whether clamped on the side or in a corner, its small footprint allows more room for other tools in the bucket and added maneuverability for the user.
The bucket light does the work of two lights in one through a dual-rotating head design that allows users to rotate the light heads 180 degrees vertically or horizontally to place the light beam directly where it’s needed. A spot mode helps identify problems from afar; a flood mode provides a broad beam for area and task lighting; and a spot flood mode assists in viewing issues from over 500 yards away, while providing a wider view of the surrounding area to reduce tripping hazards.
Milwaukee Tool www.milwaukeetool.com
BoardWalk Ramp, a temporary device, is designed for sidewalk work zones where pedestrian pathways have been rerouted. It provides accessible, detectable and safe guidance wherever temporary, alternate pedestrian access routes cross curbs or other obstacles.
One problem pedestrians encounter – especially those pedestrians who have limited vision or mobility issues – is when an alternate pathway requires them to negotiate a change in elevation, such as a curb. For example, pedestrians in wheelchairs usually cannot cross a curb of several inches in height. Pedestrians of limited vision may have difficulty recognizing a full curb in the temporary pathway.
Specifically, pedestrians usually encounter the following situations in sidewalk work zones:
• A street crossing is closed, and the pedestrian pathway must be rerouted. The alternate pedestrian pathway is routed to a temporary crosswalk, which usually includes a curb, if the temporary crosswalk is midblock.
• The sidewalk is closed, and the alternate pathway takes pedestrians into the curb lane to get around the sidewalk construction. Pedestrians usually will encounter a curb in their pathway to the curb lane.
To address both problems, and to satisfy ADA compliance requirements, PSS offers BoardWalk in two configurations.
First is the BoardWalk Ramp. Installed perpendicular to the street, the BoardWalk Ramp provides a safe pathway across the curb and to the temporary crosswalk.
Second is the BoardWalk Ramp and Platform. Installed parallel to the street, BoardWalk Ramp and Platform provides safe guidance and access to the curb lane, when the curb lane is used as the temporary pedestrian access route.
For a demonstration or trial, call (800) 662-6338 or visit www.pss-innovations.com.
To reduce work zone intrusions and help save lives, PSS has designed an innovative traffic safety countermeasure: the RoadQuake 2F Portable Rumble Strip. RoadQuake alerts distracted drivers to changes in road conditions, like your crew working up ahead. Drivers hear a significant audible cue and feel rumbling vibrations as they drive over the strip. This increases alertness in drivers who may be distracted and helps return their attention to the roadway.
To complement the RoadQuake 2F Portable Rumble Strip, PSS also recently introduced the RoadQuake 2F Rumble Strip CRIB Cargo Carrier. The carrier is designed specifically for the transport, deployment, removal and storage of RoadQuake 2F Rumble Strips. It reduces overall deployment and removal time, which means workers have less exposure to traffic when compared to performing those tasks by hand. The CRIB Cargo Carrier won an Innovation Award this February at the 2016 American Traffic Safety Services Association Traffic Expo.
PSS designs, manufactures and markets innovative safety devices that protect drivers, pedestrians and workers in road and sidewalk construction work zones. For more information, or for a demonstration or trial, call 800-662-6338 or visit www.pss-innovations.com.
LiftWise’s Quick Attach Man Baskets are constructed of rugged steel, making them ideal for a variety of demanding applications, including power-line, bridge and exterior building work. Unlike competitors’ models that are only compatible with one make of crane, the man baskets include universal mounting for installation on multiple crane styles. One operator can quickly and easily change out the adapter to suit any make of crane.
Two models are offered: yoke-style and rotating. The popular yoke-style model provides the largest workspace, as the structural support arms connect on the outside of the basket. The rotating model features a convenient design that allows for a complete 360-degree rotation about the center of the basket at any boom angle. In comparison, similar units must be re-pinned in order to rotate a full 360 degrees; the rotating model doesn’t require this additional step.
Both models have a 1,200-pound capacity and feature a 21-square-foot floor to provide adequate space for both workers and materials. The large, open floor includes upset holes for skid resistance and strategically placed slots to drain water. Each basket’s entrance has reinforcement for rugged applications and is equipped with an inward-swinging gate to provide security and enhance safety. Gate clearance to the floor provides additional storage space. The baskets meet or exceed applicable industry standards.
Diversified Products www.diversifiedproduct.com
Eartec Co. has introduced ComSTAR, a series of full duplex wireless headsets designed specifically for industrial crews that need instantaneous, hands-free voice communications. These intercoms are not voice activated and there is no delay when transmitting. The system allows up to eight users to talk simultaneously just like on a regular telephone, within an 800-yard range.
ComSTAR wireless headsets feature miniaturized wireless circuitry and antennas built right inside the ear cup. This streamlined all-in-one design is a breakthrough because it eliminates the need for cables as well as belt packs that are required with traditional headset communication systems.
ComSTAR is completely portable and powered by rechargeable battery or AC power. The system is dual channel and includes a conference switch so that two separate groups can speak privately or combine their signals. No FCC license is required.
Eartec Co. www.eartec.com
The Automated Flagger AF-100 gives utility crews the option to remove human flaggers from the roadway in highway work zones. In addition to reducing or eliminating labor costs, and removing flaggers, the system offers higher visibility for oncoming traffic.
ARGO, a world-leading extreme vehicle manufacturer, has unveiled its new Lineman model geared specifically toward utility workers.
The ultimate all-terrain machine for those who require a durable, robust and dependable job site transporter, the new ARGO Lineman provides customers in the utility industry with extra power, capacity, versatility and safety. Based off of the company’s heavy-duty XTI platform, the ARGO Lineman includes a number of custom improvements to get the job done.
A robust machine that has the load-carrying capacity and power to transport transformers, pull cables or bore footings on the most remote work sites, the heavy-duty Lineman can handle rocks, hills and sand dunes while carrying up to 1,340 pounds (680 kilograms) of payload.
And with add-on attachments ranging from cranes to augers to welding kits and hydraulic power supplies, crews can now bring their tool shop with them anywhere they go, turning their ARGO Lineman vehicle into an extreme terrain workshop.