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Innovative Lineworker Tools

Linehands Choice Cable Hand Tool WEBLinehand’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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Workforce Development Services

TradeUp Program WEBOkos 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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Data and Analytics Dashboard

Kenzen Data Dashboard WEBKenzen 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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Triple Line Lifter for Subtransmission Applications

LineWise Line Lifter WEBLineWise 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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Protective Ground Mat

Hastings Ground Mat WEBAs 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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URD Cap Stand

Utility Solutions URD Cap Holder WEB 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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Respirator Cleaning Kit

Allegro Cleaning Kit WEBAllegro 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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Temporary Mechanical Jumper Holder

Utility Solutions Jumper Cuff WEBUtility Solutions Inc. has unveiled a new hot-line tool, the Jumper Cuff – Temporary Jumper Holder. The patent-pending Jumper Cuff is a temporary mechanical jumper holder for overhead conductors. It reduces the risk of uncontrolled jumpers and keeps lineworkers outside the minimum approach distance.

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Transformer Containment Pallet

Andax Containment Pallet WEBAndax Industries is pleased to announce the introduction of the Transformer Containment Pallet (TCP), a UN DOT 51H packaging and shipping solution for Packing Group III solid hazardous waste materials. This patented product is designed with an integrated pallet bonded to a flexible, liquid-tight containment system. This DOT- and OSHA-compliant packaging solution is approved for use with inner containers or articles, such as electric utility transformers. Additionally, its Packing Group III rating helps you comply with EPA rules when transporting or storing PCB-contaminated transformers or articles.

The TCP is constructed of heavy-duty, puncture-resistant material with a super-absorbent inner core. Engineered with four interior anchor points on the pallet and two 10,000-pound ratchet straps to secure the load, the flexible containment system creates a liquid-tight enclosure. The TCP can then be safely lifted, moved or stored using the integrated pallet.

TCPs are available exclusively through Andax Industries authorised distributors. Two sizes are available and can contain loads up to 1,219 pounds with a UN 51H/Z/*/USA/+AA9998/0/553 rating.

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Rope Tester

Greenlee Rope Tester WEBGreenlee, part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, released its new HDE RT-10 rope tester, offering crews a portable and easy way to test a rope’s dielectric strength in the field. The RT-10 rope tester is designed to test any length of rope before use, providing clear visual and audible indications of contaminated sections.

The tester is powered by two field-replaceable 9-volt batteries and comes equipped with heavy-duty aluminium clamps, a magnetic mount for quick setup on equipment, and a loud buzzer and bright LED lights to indicate a rope’s condition.

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Reel Management System

ReelLift Management System WEB1Industry-leading utility hydraulics manufacturer HydraBed has introduced a new version of its popular Reel Lift lifting unit, the ReelLift Reel Management System, a full-capability solution that performs all the major functions of reel and cable handling. Enabling utility workers and contractors to reduce their reel and cable handling time by up to 50%, the new ReelLift system combines the functions of reel pickup and transport with semi-autonomous hydraulic cable payout, retrieval and figure-eight deployment in one compact, truck-bed-based package.

Featuring an industry-best 5,000-pound reel capacity, the ReelLift system eliminates the need for a dedicated reel trailer while enabling a cable crew to transport and position reels of telecom wire, fiber-optic cable and other reel-based connective media, and then precisely pay out, retrieve and even create figure-eight patterns via its variable-speed, easy-to-use controls. Thoughtful features include a contractor-tested, quick-release axle security latch, a built-in 20,000-pound-rated tow hitch and an unmatched five-year structural warranty.

The ReelLift system is available through its national dealer network as a turnkey solution customised to fit most popular chassis cab truck models, or it can be factory-installed at HydraBed’s Sabetha, Kansas, location.

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Air Quality Logger

AEMC Air Quality Logger WEBAEMC Instruments’ Model 1510 tests indoor air quality. With the COVID-19 pandemic happening, this is an important time to monitor air quality in closed rooms through a CO2 measurement. The buildup of CO2 is an indicator of poor air circulation allowing aerosol concentrations, such as COVID-19, to remain in the room.

The Model 1510 portable indoor air quality logger is easy to use and can store over 1 million measurements. It can indicate air quality by monitoring CO2, humidity and temperature. This meter’s display backlighting changes from blue to red with an audible warning when high concentrations of CO2 are present. This is a warning that the premises should be vacated until the room has been properly ventilated.

The meter can be connected to a PC via USB or wirelessly by Bluetooth. Software can be used to program recordings, save the measured values in graphic or table form, export them to Excel and create reports. An Android app is available to display data on mobile devices in real time.

The Model 1510 is equipped with a magnet, allowing it to be attached to any metal surface. Optional accessories include a lockable wall holster, which provides theft protection, and a tabletop stand for easy transportation to different locations.

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Anti-Fog Gel for Eyewear

Blisma Gel WEBBlisma has released StopFog into the U.S. market, and it could not come at a better time. StopFog is an anti-fog gel in a tube that comes with a built-in applicator brush and supplied microfiber cloth. This easy-to-apply product is simply dabbed on and buffed off, providing 24-hour clarity on any fogged-up eyewear.

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Full-Page Mobile Printer

Brother Mobile Printer WEBThis mobile printer is out-of-the-box ready to support full-page mobile printing from the most popular computers and mobile devices. It features the legendary PocketJet reliability and fast full-page print speeds. But the really big deal is the freedom it gives you and your mobile workforce. Print what you need – from practically any device and any location.

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