Linehand’s Choice is a company founded by a group of linemen who saw a growing need to implement innovation in the primary underground industry. With the increasing amount of underground being installed on a day-to-day basis and the added strain on lineworkers' bodies, two innovative tool ideas evolved.
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Okos Partners LLC and Crane Industry Services LLC have announced the launch of TradeUp, a collaborative partnership program providing workforce development services for employers seeking skilled craft professionals.
Employers who participate in the TradeUp program first receive an assessment of their skilled labor requirements to see how that aligns with growth goals and the company culture. TradeUp then assists with recruiting and placement, career development, and safety culture and leadership training for employers in construction, utilities, manufacturing, and ports and terminal logistics markets.
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Kenzen has launched a data and analytics dashboard, the latest component of its smart PPE connected worker solution. The dashboard captures workers’ core body temperature (the greatest predictor of heat stress and illness), productivity and microclimates caused by clothing under hot and humid working conditions.
Environmental health and safety managers and company leaders can now have a data-driven overview of work sites, both in real time and retrospectively, to evaluate heat risk information by location and job role. The analysis consists of tens of thousands of data points collected per worker per day from the Kenzen wearable, which tracks physiological factors including core temperature and heart rate. The Kenzen system uniquely enables companies to identify and address challenges and opportunities related to work in hot and humid conditions. The information allows them to manage risk and improve processes to keep workers safer and more productive.
Last year, Kenzen unveiled the monitoring device and its complimentary mobile app that alerts workers when they are at risk of heat stress and illness and when to stop work, rest and return to work safely. The hardware and app work together to feed data to the real-time dashboard so that supervisors can monitor their teams proactively and intervene when necessary.
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MPS Inc. has introduced Centurion’s Nexus Extreme Mips helmet, the world’s first industrial safety helmet utilizing the Mips Cradle (multidirectional impact protection system). The Nexus Extreme Mips helmet takes head protection to the next level, exceeding standards by matching a strong, lightweight ABS shell and mountaineering chinstrap to a suspension featuring the Mips low-friction layer, allowing up to 15mm of rotational movement inside the helmet shell on impact. Studies show that in helmets without Mips, the brain moves inside the skull when impacted, leading to potentially severe injury and brain damage. In a Mips-equipped helmet, the cradle moves so that your brain doesn’t, providing extreme 360-degree protection.
The Nexus Extreme Mips helmet includes Centurion’s Twist-2-Fit ratchet headbands and compatibility with Centurion’s range of accessories. It is available in a full spectrum of colors.
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Malta Dynamics has released its new adjustable restraint lanyards, which offer convenience and flexibility for positioning and restraint on bucket trucks, lifts and similar applications to prevent the possibility of a fall. The new Malta Dynamics Restraint Lanyards meet OSHA 1926, OSHA 1910 and ANSI Z359.3 standards.
The Malta Dynamics Restraint Lanyard easily adjusts from 4 to 6 feet. It attaches via snap hook or carabiner to the back D-ring on a full-body harness or restraint belt and offers flexibility for use in work positioning or fall restraint. The durable 1-inch polyester webbing has a tensile strength of 9,800 pounds, is UV resistant and includes a durable label protector.
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Pi-Lit’s mission is to get you home safely each night. More law enforcement personnel, first responders, Department of Transportation workers and utility personnel are injured on the roadside than in any other aspect of their profession.
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Most full-body fall protection harnesses haven't changed in decades. They're still tight in all the wrong places, hot, sweaty and restrictive to work in. FallTech went to job sites where real people were doing hazardous work at height and we listened. What was heard time and time again was, “My leg straps leave me chafed and uncomfortable. My shoulder pads are rubbing my neck raw. I'm tired of adjusting the D-ring to keep it from sliding down. My harness makes my back hot and sweaty. The waist belt can't handle the weight of my tools. Positioning my tool bags in the right spot is a real hassle.”
This is why FallTech designed the patent-pending FT-One: to be light in weight, infinitely adjustable and comfortably annoyance-free. We believe that being safe doesn't have to be uncomfortable. Discomfort can slow you down, making you less productive. But flexibility, freedom of movement and ease of use can keep you going full speed ahead. Don’t let the shortcomings of conventional harnesses hamper you. See how the future of fall protection can change the way you work.
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LineWise has introduced its TLL-500A Series 3 Triple Line Lifter for subtransmission applications. Designed to support three phases of energized conductors between 34.5 kV and 72.5 kV, the product features all-new hydraulic articulation, allowing operators to easily rotate phases up to 90 degrees from horizontal to vertical orientation while servicing subtransmission lines. It also includes hydraulic cylinders to extend and retract the outer phases.
The TLL-500A Series 3 has been specifically designed to work with large digger derrick trucks, such as those provided by Terex, Elliott and Altec. It includes three lightweight polymer insulators that are rated for 34.5 kV or 72.5 kV to hold the phases. The product has a maximum load capacity of 475 pounds per phase for a total capacity of 1,425 pounds.
Exclusive to the new Series 3, the phases can be hydraulically rotated from a horizontal to a vertical orientation. The outside phases can also be extended to a maximum overall span of 16 feet or retracted to a minimum overall span of 7 feet 10 inches. This feature allows the three phases to be positioned anywhere from 3 feet 11 inches to 8 feet apart. Wear pads are installed within the assembly to maximize service life. A radio remote allows operators to control all hydraulic functions while working in a bucket.
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Cementex, the safety tool specialists, recently announced the release of a new lift-front hood in their Ultralight Series of Arc Flash PPE. The lift-front hoods provide a larger viewing area through the updated clear gray color shield, and they remain compatible with Cementex’s innovative hood ventilation system, which helps to reduce the risk of dehydration, especially in hot weather conditions.
The new lift-front face shield of this hood provides a larger viewing area through which users can see the energized equipment. By enhancing the viewing area, the new lift-front hood design helps to minimize accidental contact with energized, hazardous conductors. The lift-front shield must remain latched while operators are within the hazardous area around energized equipment, but it can be lifted when safely away in order to more easily facilitate breaks.
Breaks are needed less frequently by users of Cementex PPE. All Cementex Arc Flash PPE is compatible with an innovative ventilation system that ensures greater air circulation, provides cooling, reduces the risk of dehydration, and makes long-term wear easier and safer for users.
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We know that fogging lenses and an overall lack of comfort are the two main reasons why workers remove their eye protection. Brass Knuckle Spectrum (BKFLEX-4040N) helps solve those problems by bringing together flexible comfort and peak anti-fog protection for safety eyewear they’ll never want to take off.
Spectrum offers N-FOG anti-fog lens protection, which permanently bonds to the lens and will not wear off or wash off. The anti-fog protection exceeds European EN 166/168, lasting 15 times longer.
For comfort, Spectrum features bowed, super-flex rubber temples that ratchet for custom fit. They touch the wearer only behind the ears, eliminating all pressure points. These ratcheting flexible temples offer a true face-hugging design that inspires compliance. The second-generation PivotEase nosepiece slides up and down and pivots on a hinge for added secure fit. Spectrum brings all this to bear while also retaining its anti-scratch, anti-static and UV protection properties.
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As a worldwide manufacturer of hot-line tools and equipment, Hastings understands that every day has the potential to bring the unexpected to lineworkers. That is why Hastings designs every product, including our protective Ground Mat, with safety in mind.
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Silver Needle Inc. currently has the only NFPA 2112 SEI Certified complete Gas Extraction System (GES) in the industry that features our patented Internal Extraction Harness and optional Kevlar retrieval lanyard. Our DuPont Nomex quilted GES greatly exceeds the current NFPA 2112 standard. Silver Needle has been testing different fabrics for over 15 years to find the best fabric combinations for comfort and the greatest results. Repeated controlled laboratory testing of 10 seconds with our latest quilted fabric had a predicted burn injury of 0% third-degree burn and a 4% second-degree burn. The garment also meets the ASTM F1506-20a minimum performance requirement with an ATPV of 60 cal/cm².
Silver Needle’s GES is not only safe but comfortable. Our newest design offers superior freedom of movement while wicking away moisture and drying up to 25% faster than other thermal liners.
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Westex: A Milliken Brand recently announced the launch of a new product selection app, the Westex App, developed to provide users a way to custom build an FR/AR uniform based on their workforce’s individual safety standard requirements. The free mobile app is available for iOS and Android mobile devices.
Innovative features on the Westex App include product selection by safety standard; a global perspective, with more than 15 global safety standards included in the app; and an interactive uniform builder.
The free mobile app is available to download now in the Apple App Store or via Google Play. The product selection tool also can be viewed online at https://app.westex.com.
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Utility Solutions Inc. has launched the industry’s first underground insulated cap holder. The patent-pending URD Cap Stand attaches to the lip of underground padmount transformers and switchgear to securely hold insulated caps.
Insulated caps are designed to protect bushings on underground padmount transformers. They have a grease-covered probe on the inside and need to stay clean and dry. The URD Cap Stand allows a worker to use a shotgun stick to store insulated caps on the front lip of pad gear. The machined stand is made from a high-visibility yellow polymer that cradles the lip of pad gear. Adjustable legs can adapt to any size lip up to 2 inches thick. Smooth plastic arms securely hold insulating caps up to 38 kV.
The URD Cap Stand has two models, a single-cap and a dual-cap holder.
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Allegro Industries has introduced their new Allegro Economy Respirator Cleaning Kit with a convenient cleaning and storage solution for full-mask and half-mask respirators. Not only is this a low-cost solution, but the kit also meets OSHA recommendations (29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix B) that will not deteriorate rubber components on respirators.
The Allegro Economy Respirator Cleaning Kit includes a water-soluble liquid detergent that comes in a 32-ounce, ready-to-use, convenient and resealable bottle with sprayer, two scrubbing sponges, and 100 individual sterile storage bags and seals.
Allegro Industries offers the most complete line of cleaning, storage and testing accessories available for respirator users, according to the company. Among the products included in this line are wipes, cleaning kits, wall cases, storage bags and respirator fit test kits.
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