Emerson has announced the launch of the Sherman + Reilly i-press battery tool monitoring smartphone app.
The new i-press app allows crews to track their Next Generation Sherman + Reilly Battery Tools. Using the simple navigation display, workers can view the battery charge, last service date, last five pressure measurements, tool temperature and number of cycles completed with a connected tool.
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The BIG GRIP pad from Bigfoot can be installed on any of the company’s custom composite outrigger pads. Used facedown, the BIG GRIP’s teeth bite into ice, mud and snow to significantly reduce slipping on those and other slick surfaces.
Bigfoot also has built the Slick Willie, a new socket set that has never been built before anywhere. The set is made with and without a tool board. With no tool board on the back, we install rare earth magnets on the backside, which keep the set attached to metal objects. Other features include self-lubricating material that will extend the life of tools being stored in this socket set; crush resistant with 3000 psi values; and guaranteed for life under normal working conditions.
Bigfoot Outrigger Pads www.outriggerpads.com
Hi-Line Utility Supply is proud to present QUICKEEZE Adjustable Sleeve Straps (Item #HLQE-1000). These popular straps were designed by linemen Cody Hopkins and Dylan Morrill. Designed with high-quality, FR-rated materials, the straps are self-extinguishing, plus their easily adjustable and flexible design allows for all-day comfort. Check out a flame test at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iunNgx7Vpw&feature=youtu.be. A unique oval button design allows for quick and easy attachment and detachment. These American-made sleeve straps have been field-tested for durability and longevity.
Hi-Line Utility Supply www.hilineco.com/products/sleeve-strap-with-fr-buttons
The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced an industry-first virtual reality (VR) simulator to better prepare horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators for safe underground construction through cutting-edge training technology.
As the industry’s first simulator utilizing VR technology, it provides both novice and experienced HDD operators with a 360-degree view of a realistic job site – simulating a variety of soil conditions and installation applications so operators can learn how the drill reacts. Through a series of lessons that increase in difficulty, operators are evaluated and educated on machine functions, product location, damage prevention, extended bend radius and steering. The program emphasizes damage prevention by requiring operators to preplan, set up equipment correctly and test protective systems.
The full VR simulator kit includes a portable operator station, joystick, dongle, lead motion detector sensor and VR goggles. To truly simulate a real job site experience, the equipment is configured to replicate what operators see and feel, leveraging the same joysticks found on Ditch Witch HDD equipment.
Ditch Witch www.ditchwitch.com/training
When working with corrosive liquid chemicals, you need to be protected against chemical splashes. The right protective garment assists in reducing worker injury and minimizes the risk for accidental skin contact with chemicals. Choosing protective garments made with GORE Chemical Splash Fabric provides exceptional liquid splash protection without sacrificing comfort, meaning workers won’t resist wearing them. Lac-Mac protective garments made with GORE Chemical Splash Fabrics provide a barrier to several inorganic and organic liquid challenges. Garments made from this unique fabric provide the wearer time necessary to exit the area and follow emergency protocols in case of an accidental splash with a dangerous chemical. If your objective is to reduce potential injuries related to liquid chemical splash, then Lac-Mac’s NFPA 1992 certified garments are an excellent choice. Choose products made by an experienced manufacturer who understands the complexity involved in manufacturing high-performance PPE. For more than 30 years, Lac-Mac has been manufacturing high-quality, liquid-proof, durable, breathable protective garments used throughout various industries, for various applications.
Sospes safety management software makes it easy for you and your workers to conduct inspections; report workplace incidents, near misses and hazards of all types; perform detailed incident investigations; manage corrective actions; and build a workplace safety culture focused on prevention.
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Altec Sentry offers OSHA- and ANSI-compliant operator training courses online with 24/7 access from any computer, tablet or mobile device. Altec Sentry Online includes more than 80 online courses for cranes, aerial devices, digger derricks and chippers. Through a simple dashboard and storefront, operators can receive ANSI- and OSHA-compliant General Training and Familiarization without the need for traditional classroom sessions. With Sentry Online, you can get required training and a completion record while you’re at home or the job site, without tying up company instructors or training rooms. Easy access to courses and results helps you build and manage a consistent training program, even if you have many different Altec units. Altec Sentry provides industry-leading training to match Altec’s industry-leading equipment. Sentry Online is one more way we’re making it easier for you to train and qualify your operators.
For nearly 20 years, Altec Sentry has helped employers train and certify Altec equipment operators on safe and proper operation. Altec Sentry offers online training, on-site Sentry instructor-led courses and train the trainer programs to help you comply with OSHA, ANSI and ASME requirements.
Altec Sentry www.altec.com/safety
MCR Safety has expanded its high-visibility line to include flame-resistant safety vests made with GlenGuard lime modacrylic/aramid blended fabric with 2-inch FR reflective stripes. GlenGuard’s inherently flame-resistant fabrics are made using solution-dyed fibers that increase color retention. Unlike polyester vests, GlenGuard’s patented No Melt, No Drip technology is integrated into every fiber so that wearers have the ultimate protection when they need it most. The FRMBCL2L is an ANSI/ISEA 107 Type R, Class 2 five-point breakaway vest that features durable gray binding and an FR hook-and-loop front closure. Also available are safety vests in solid and mesh fabrics as well a Class 3 option. This vest also meets ASTM F1506 and conforms to NFPA 70E HRC1 specifications with an arc rating of 5.4 cal/cm².
MCR Safety www.mcrsafety.com/search?s=frm
As the seasons change and temperatures drop, a warm and durable jacket is an essential piece of your wardrobe when working outside. Tyndale’s new Versa Insulated Bomber Jacket (K64MT) is comfortable and protective – and stylish to boot. It features a weather-resistant outer shell, with a stylish and functional quilted pattern stitched using durable thread that keeps you warm with lightweight freedom of movement. Designed with the worker in mind, the jacket features an insulated lining, and the collar, cuffs and waistline are constructed from double-layered rib knit material to keep drafts out. Essentials stay secure with two zippered pouch pockets on the front of the jacket and Tyndale’s signature arm pocket on the sleeve. The Versa Insulated Bomber Jacket is proudly made in the USA by Tyndale, featuring a tonal U.S. flag patch on the left sleeve and exterior FR labeling. It provides 40 ATPV (CAT 4) arc flash and NFPA 2112 certified flash fire protection.
Cementex, a national leader in the manufacture of electrical safety solutions, recently announced the availability of its PPE storage canisters, which provide ultimate protection for arc flash suits with hoods or face shields, thanks to the canisters’ oversized 14-inch diameter.
These extra-large, ultra-durable, hard-sided arc flash storage canisters are designed to withstand the harshest environments and safely store technicians’ most delicate and valuable PPE items. At 14 inches in diameter and 16 inches tall, the canister’s extra-large dimensions enable storage of large PPE items, such as a complete Category 4 arc flash PPE kit with a ventilated hood.
The canisters also feature a stackable design for easy, orderly storage in shops and equipment rooms. Their seal-tight lids ensure secure, reliable closure, and durable rope handles include a comfort grip for easy transport.
Cementex PPE storage canisters are available separately or as an upgrade to most Cementex PPE task wear kits. Additionally, the canisters are available with a fixed, 12-pocket tool wrap to include all of a technician’s most critical tools along with their task wear.
The new VolCore FR Workwear by Radians helps protect workers from short-term thermal incidents, including arc flash and flash fire, because it self-extinguishes and does not melt when exposed to flame, dramatically reducing the severity of burn injuries.
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Designed for ergonomic, safe MRO service on utility truck engines, this ladder also works on all Class 8 diesel trucks and service trucks used for concrete, waste management and similar activities.
Benefits include the following: a stable platform for engine maintenance and overhauls; base fits around tires to allow close proximity; provides easy reach to windshield and running lights; can support two people working side by side; OSHA 375-pound rated; patented 6061-grade industrial aluminum base; field tested and designed by mechanics; and made one at a time by craftsmen in the USA.
Utility Solutions Inc. has a new three-phase distribution simulator specifically designed to teach transformer banking to lineworkers. The updated Load-Trainer II Transformer Simulator combines a physical wiring environment with powerful computer simulation. The new one-piece design is very portable and weighs just 16 pounds. Several new features came directly from training professionals who use the Load-Trainer in their classrooms.
While most houses receive electricity from a single transformer, larger facilities use three-phase power, which requires banking multiple transformers. Lineworkers must have specialized training in order to build and maintain transformer banks on today's modern power grid.
The new Load-Trainer II allows an instructor to control each of the three transformer simulators via a 7-inch touchscreen or by using the wireless mouse, which comes standard.
Another feature of the Load-Trainer II is the HDMI connection, allowing a projector or big screen to display demonstrations to a whole classroom.
Utility Solutions Inc. is targeting lineworker schools, utilities and contractors that service overhead distribution systems. Demo units currently are traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com
MAXBLUE lens technology blocks 41 percent of ISO 12312-1 blue light, yet it allows 88 percent of visible light to pass through.
There are many jobs that demand the use of hand-held devices, RF scanners or other portable devices. All of these devices emit blue light, which has been known to cause eye fatigue, headaches and migraines. Many of these jobs also are indoors and, until recently, a wearer that needed to block a good portion of blue light had to resort to amber lenses. The downside of amber lenses, other than the yellow shade, is that they distort color recognition. With MAXBLUE lens technology, a worker can wear a clear lens that has a very faint mirror hue, while still blocking 41 percent of blue light. Other features of these lenses include an athletic-inspired design; a streamlined three-point ratcheting temple; comfortable TPR nosepieces; and hybrid temple.
MCR Safety www.mcrsafety.com
As announced in May of this year, the new V-EDGE series from MSA simplifies SRL selection for workers as they are designed specifically for overhead and foot-level tie off – and where leading-edge hazards are a concern.
Using state-of-the-art materials and technology for enhanced user comfort and productivity, the V-EDGE personal fall limiters are available in an 8-foot/2.4-meter galvanized cable unit as well as MSA’s first-ever web unit for leading edge. This web technology, which provides a lighter-weight solution for leading-edge applications, is now available in tie-back versions.
Certified to ANSI Z359.14 leading-edge requirements, the V-EDGE series delivers improved features, increased comfort and a more durable product, ensuring businesses get more value from their investment – and more protection for their people.