Category Archives: Safety Equipment

Bosch SDS-Plus Speed Clean Concrete Bits

Bosch Speed Clean

The Bosch Speed Clean Bits have been around for a few years now, originally called the “Hollow Core” but that name probably causes confusion with actual core bits. The Speed Clean bits work differently than you traditional rotary hammer bits in that it connects to a vacuum and sucks the dust out as it drills. This makes these bits much more efficient and last longer especially when drilling at depths however it also makes the bits much more expensive to manufacturer. We have not seem mass adoption on the jobsites yet but that could all change next month (September 23rd) when the OSHA Silica Standards become enforceable. (more…)

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Milwaukee Tool’s Solutions for Dust Collection

Milwaukee Dustless Tools

Milwaukee recently announced that they will be releasing several new dust extraction tools and accessories to support their growing dust collection line in preparation for the increasing OSHA regulations. These attachments will work in conjunction with Milwaukee’s existing line of rotary hammers and grinders to be compliant under the upcoming regulations for silica dust control. The New OSHA regulations, set to be effective September 23rd 2017, are a major step forward in keeping jobsites safe and preventing workplace related danger and illnesses due to airborne silica. This being said, it is very important for tool manufacturers to stay ahead of the curve with their concrete tools, accessories and overall technology, or get left in the dust.

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At 4:16 PM | Posted in Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, Milwaukee, Safety Equipment, SILICA DUST TOOLS & VACUUMS | 2 Comments

Respirator Guidelines & Fit Testing with Safex

Respirator Fit Test

One of the most common topics for safety questions and concerns we hear about is respirator use and what is required for fit testing. Certainly breathing in dangerous materials is a big concern for safety and an area OSHA has a lot of focus (Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134). You can find yourself with serious fines if not properly addressed and that’ll only increase with the impending OSHA Silica Rules 9/23/17. To get a better understanding for ourselves we have again asked out friends at SAFEX for some assistance to understand more about respirators, fit testing, who is required to get them and what is involved in doing the tests.

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It’s National Safety Stand Down Week, May 8-12

Safety Stand Down Week

This week is OSHA’s National Safety Stand Down Week, held each year to bring awareness to the leading cause of fatalities for construction employees, falls from elevation. This week, May 8th – 12th nationwide for more information visit OSHA.gov/stopfallsstanddown. (more…)

At 10:22 AM | Posted in FallTech, Safety Equipment | 1 Comment

Ladder Safety & Regular Inspections with Safex

Safex Ladder Safety Tips

The latest edition of On the Job Safety Tips with Safex is up and this time we took a look at Ladder Safety and Inspection tips. Ladders are on OSHA’s top 10 safety violations year after year which means you certainly want to keep up to avoid any citations but more importantly you want to stay safe and ensure others around are safe as well. Travis from Safex reviews some of the dos and don’ts of ladders as well as some tips on ladder inspections. Of course you should always contact a safety profession with any specific questions.

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At 2:39 PM | Posted in Louisville Ladder, Safety Equipment | 2 Comments

Flash Sale, Gold Metabo Grinders with Slip Clutch

Metabo Grinder Gold

Last year was Metabo’s 50th anniversary so they came out with special edition 4-1/2” & 6” grinders with gold trim and some extra wheels in packaging. Well it’s no longer their 50th anniversary year while the 6” gold grinders are all gone you can pick up the few remaining Metabo Gold 4-1/2” Grinders for a steal at $99!!! That’s a huge savings, over 30% for a typical WP9-115 Quick, won’t last long!

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SawStop Router Tables & New Saw Options

SawStop Coming Soon

We always wondered how SawStop might expand upon their brand, we all first got introduced to them for their innovative safety feature that prevents table saw injuries. Overtime however people have come to associate SawStop Saws not just as a safety feature, but for very high quality professional table saws. Already they have expanded to every type of table saw market from large industrial saws to the portable jobsite table saw JSS-MCA, which after a quick bout of competition is again the only portable table saw option with a flesh detecting technology. So where can they expand from here? (more…)

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Self-Retracting Lifelines – Class A or Class B?

When you or your workers are up in the air working at a height, it is imperative to ensure not only that you use fall protection equipment, but that you use the right fall protection equipment. A fall prevention system is composed of an Anchor, a Body harness, and a Connector, often being a lanyard with a deceleration or energy absorbing mechanism. In this article we will discuss some of the differences among SRLs (self-retracting lifelines), how to go about choosing the proper one for the job and the differences between Class A & Class B in SRLs. (more…)

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OSHA Silica Deadline Pushed 90 Days, 9/23/17

Bosch Silica Training

The original deadline for issuing OSHA fines was June 23rd however with that deadline very near the amount of unanswered questions and many tasks that still not having good solutions OSHA has announced everyone will get an additional 90 days before fines will begin. (OHSA full press release) This is good news, manufacturers of solutions to control silica dust are just now finishing testing, releasing products and as they come out are seeing immediate back orders. Training thousands and thousands of effected workers is also not an easy task and will take some time, even with the extra 90 days it will be a challenge. (more…)

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Cut Resistant Safety Glove Ratings ANSI or EN388

Are you wearing the right safety gloves for your job? Do you know what the ANSI/EN cut level rating mean or which you should be used? If not, hopefully this information will help explain and simplify so you can make the right decision for your application. There are three types of cuts that cut resistant safety gloves are engineered to protect against:

Abrasive cuts
Very common and many industries. A common example of an abrasive cut is the constant rubbing motion of a glove when handing components with a sharp edge (i.e. – metal stamping).

Slicing cuts (Laceration & Incision)
These are characterized by the “slipping” motion of a very sharp edge. The food-handling industry is exposed to much of this type of threat. Also any other industry where workers are using sharp knives.

Impact cuts (Contusion) 
While impact cutting is less common in the workplace than abrasive and slicing cutting, but this type of cut delivers a greater force. As an example of this type of cutting accident would be getting struck by a falling piece of glass or sheet metal. On a smaller scale, impact cuts can happen in the thumb area during the normal course of handling sheet metal or other sharp-edged materials.

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At 2:11 PM | Posted in Ergodyne, PIP, Safety Equipment | 4 Comments