Thursday, May 27, 2010
Product Highlight: Black Widow Grip Gloves
Here is a little information on the latest product released from Superior Gloves. They're called the the Black Widow Grip Series because "Micropore technology provides spider-like grip in
There are two versions; one with Kevlar knit and one with Nylon knit which are dipped in a black nitrile coating.
Have a look here for more information.
Part numbers and descriptions are below.
S13PNT - Dexterity™ Series, 13-gauge black nylon glove with micropore-nitrile-grip palm coating, Sizes: 6-10
S13KPNT - Dexterity™ Series, 13-gauge Kevlar® glove with micropore-nitrile-grip palm coating, Sizes: 7-11
Call us or email us for samples, more information or pricing.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Honeywell's Shopping Spree; Sperian Up Next
After buying North Safety just a couple years ago (major player in the H&S world), Honeywell is about to buy Sperian Protection which itself had just acquired Bacou-Dalloz not too long ago. The price tag: $1.4 Billion.
Both companies have very robust product lines offering total PPE lines. This will certainly put them in a good position as they can cut weaker lines and move forward with their competitor's line. I'm interested to see what will happen though with good products that overlap. Most notably; both North (Honeywell) and Miller (Sperian) are very strong Fall Protection Brands. The two have quite a few very well designed products and have a lot of end-users with brand loyalty that may end up disappointed. Only time will tell I guess. Have a look at Honeywell's press release for the total story.
I wonder if 3M has heard about this...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Ontario MoL: FALL PROTECTION 'BLITZ'
Have a look here.
Friday, May 14, 2010
H&S; We still have a lot of work to do
May 14, 2010
Four people were killed and one critically injured when a swing stage on a building at 2757 Kipling Ave. failed. (Dec. 27, 2009)CARLOS OSORIO/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO
A safety blitz held after the Christmas Eve deaths of four migrant workers led to the shutdown of 784 dangerous jobs on sites throughout Ontario.
The publicity surrounding the tragedy jolted the provincial government into action with a three-month safety audit of 2,800 sites across the province.
Results of the inspections, revealed Thursday, paint a troubling picture. Inspectors found problems at slightly more than half of the sites, including fall hazards, a lack of properly trained staff or supervisors and workers using broken or inadequate equipment.
Labour Minister Peter Fonseca called the numbers “unacceptable” and said the ministry will soon open up a 1-800 line for workers and members of the public to call if feel they’ve spotted a safety violation.
But Fonseca stopped short of committing to increase the number of trained construction inspectors in Ontario. He said that before making more profound changes, he’ll wait to hear from the special advisor who is leading a review of lax labour, workplace safety and enforcement laws in the wake of the Dec. 24 fatalities.
The four men fell 13 floors to their deaths at a Kipling Ave. apartment building when a scaffold snapped. Another man was seriously injured.
“We can do better and we will do better,” Fonseca said at a press conference in the lobby at the labour ministry’s University Ave. offices.
“It was those bad apples we targeted during this blitz – the ones who put workers at risk, the ones with poor safety records or histories of incidents or injuries. And those were the ones we shut down.”
During the campaign, ministry of labour inspectors issued 784 stop-work orders for fall-related hazards. The orders could remain in force indefinitely if safety standards are not met.
Including the stop-work orders, inspectors issued 3,421 work orders, or notices of safety violations, for fall-related hazards. More than half, or 56 per cent, were for problems related to missing or improper use or maintenance of guardrails, non-suspended scaffolds and fall protection systems.
The findings are “embarrassing” said Patrick Dillon, business manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. The council is an umbrella group that represents 150,000 construction workers.
Workers who raise safety concerns on the construction site should be rewarded and not penalized, Dillon said. “But what happens to the worker who raises the safety issue? They get laid off. There is a culture shift that needs to happen around that.”
NDP MPP Peter Kormos (Welland) said the 1-800 line “serious naïveté” on Fonseca’s part.
“If we are going to save workers’ lives or protect them from workplace death or injury, we have to increase the number of inspections, and they can’t be part of a blitz,” he said.
Rules must be enforceable not only through fines, but also through charges under the criminal code, he said.
Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) said the ministry is focused on the wrong aspects of health and safety.
“It’d be interesting to see how many hours were spent educating workers or how many hours of instruction were done,” he said. “They used to provide education and assistance and now they provide fines. To shut down 780 work sites, that tells me their education programs are woefully inadequate.”
Critics in the construction industry have said a tragedy such as the one that occurred on Christmas Eve was waiting to happen because of a lack of inspections and the emergence of an underground economy where safety is forsaken for cheap labour.
Since 1990, 405 construction workers have lost their lives on the job.
Fran DeFilippis lost her husband Naz on April 26, 2002, when he fell 18 floors down an elevator shaft of a luxury condominium under construction.
“Today my life has drastically changed. I’ve been forced into the roles of a mother and father, a financial advisor, a handyman, the list goes on,” she told reporters at the news conference.
“As for my children, they know the scars of death just a little bit too well.”
Many families have been cheated because of preventable workplace fatalities, she said.
“When I think of the number of victims suffering … I cannot begin to comprehend why things have not changed,” she said.
The safety inspection campaign was one of the longest and most extensive ever undertaken by the government. It concludes there is a woeful lack of supervisor and worker training, use of missing or broken equipment and poor use of guardrails on Ontario construction sites.
“These results indicate that safe work measures and procedures needed to keep workers safe were not in place,” the report said.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
MSA's new EVOTECH Fall Protection Harness
We finally got in the new EVOTECH harness from MSA. This thing has obviously been designed to go toe-to-toe with Miller's Revoultion series and North's Rite-On and it does quite a good job. They've used some pretty advanced materials to ensure user comfort like porous mesh webbing so users don't sweat as much on hot days. It's also very water and dirt repellent. They've definitely paid a LOT of attention to detail here.
For an overview of features MSA has also come up with a pretty cool website to launch the product here. You may want to turn down your speakers if you're at work though (or turn them up if you're at late night rave party).
I believe they're also coming up with a 'camel-back' pouch for this thing to allow users to sip water or a hydration drink while working--very useful if you're a high-rise window washer who's up on a swing stage all day. This is isn't really highlighted on the demo though for some reason.
It doesn't have a hinges that the revolution has at the waist but I put it on and found it really comfortable. It's also adjustable in every way imaginable which adds to the overall comfort. I had no trouble moving, walking, bending etc.
COOL FEATURE: It's RFID enabled which is a new way of keeping inventory and tracking all items (going to slowly replace barcoding as the standard throughout industry I think). This allows each harness to have a unique identifier to make inspection and records of inspection much easier. This may be a little too early to implement this technology for a lot of end-users but I guess MSA wants to be on the cutting edge. No one else really does this yet I believe. I also think the cost is more or less negligible so it's probably a good idea. I hope users all catch on so MSA starts using this technology in all their products.