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Join us at ASSE 2013 in Las Vegas!

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Come see the Sportex Team at booth #1850, June 24th-27th for all the newest safety apparel & client programs. We’ve worked hard this year, so let us show you all the creative ways we can assist our friends in business!  Here are some details on what its all about:

ASSE is a global association of occupational safety professionals representing more than 34,000 members worldwide.  The Executive Summit Panel, consisting of CEOs, presidents and vice presidents from a range of industries, provides a valuable view of safety from top leaders.  You can expect to learn from some of the best in the industry during the expo, and when your not busy, feel free to check some of the events scheduled to help keep you enticed: Executive Summit, Academic Forum, Golf Outing, Poster Session, technical Tours and Conference Luncheons.

We hope to see you there!

Facebook Event Page, ASSE 2013 Page

Sportex @ NRC / REMSA 2013 in Miami Beach, FL!

LOEWS Hotel MiamiThe 2013 NRC / REMSA show is being held on January 9th through the 11th (times vary) and will be located at the beautiful LOEWS Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.

There will be a ton of vendors and events. Some key members of the Sportex Team will be there, including Larry Deutsch, William Kaverman, Becky Hemauer, Debbie Fink & Tony Peterson.

Stop by booth #13 to get a glimpse of all the new things that we’ve been doing this year including great new ideas on customization, our new Sportex Touchscreen Kiosk, and great new Innovative products. Please give us a call to plan something out. We hope to see you there!

“The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, Inc. (NRC) is the only trade association organized specifically to serve the needs of railroad contractors, suppliers, and the entire railroad and rail transit construction industry. NRC’s primary objective is to advance the mutual interests of its members and the railroad and rail transit construction industry.”

Event Site: www.nrcma.org
Sportex Team: http://sportexsafety.com/blog/?p=374#more-374
For Directions to the Miami Convention Center.

Join Us In Indianapolis For ASLRRA 2012

We will be attending the ASLRRA 2012 Annual Convention in Indianapolis Indiana. The show will be held April 21-24, at the amazing J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.  There will be a ton of great sessions and activities from Tech. Conferences to Golf outings, and its location in downtown indianapolis gives newcomers a great opportunity to see some great attractions and experience its rich nightlife.  Some key members of the Sportex Team will be there, including Larry Deutsch, William Kaverman, Becky Hemauer, Debbie Fink & Tony Peterson.  Stop by booth 919 to get a glimpse of all the new things that we’ve been doing this year, from expanding our product line to great ideas on customization.  Please click on any of the above links for more information or give us a call to plan something out, we hope to see you there!

Downtown Indianapolis Indiana

Downtown Indianapolis Indiana

J.W. Marriott Downtown Indianapolis

J.W. Marriott Downtown Indianapolis

Engineers Week: Celebrate With A Kit

For Engineers Recognition this week we wanted to extend a cool little kit that includes a few different items geared for the Engineers out there. First in the kit will be a Surveyors/Engineers style Safety Vest (Lime or Orange) that comes with decoration included. Second in the kit you will get one of four of your choice Leatherman Multi-Tools, also coming with a personalized engraving of your choice. Last of all will be an real cool item called the Lenser LED Blue Moon Focus system clipped pencil light. All this, including decoration, we’re handing out for a fraction of the normal cost. We hope everyone enjoys the deal and takes the time this week to thank our engineers around the world for the hard work they do every day.

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Portsmouth Memorial Bridge Project: Archer Western

The Memorial Bridge which connects New Hampshire and Maine has a long standing history. Currently a project is underway on the old bridge and the center section of it was “floated” out on February 8th. Archer Western Contractors took on the project and below is a rather cool time lapse video of the first stage. For more information on the project visit here.

Monstrous Sarens Crane in Chandler Arizona

“Nothing too heavy….nothing too high for this monstrous Sarens crane that did major heavy lifting during construction of the Intel computer chip fabrication plant in Chandler Arizona. Transported by ships from the Sarens family owned company in Belgium to California, the 155 containers of crane parts and sections were then loaded onto semi trucks and delivered to Arizona. The crane base was anchored to the ground and then built by other cranes. Rigging International are the specialists who assembled and operated the crane. It stands close to 800 feet tall and can lift some serious tonnage.” – ChopperguyHD

See Us @ NRC 2012 In San Diego January 4-7!

NRC Conference 2012Sportex Safety will be at The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association Conference 2012 in San Diego.  The  event will be held at Hotel Del Coronado from January 4th to the 7th.

Swing by and meet up with Sportex Safety’s Larry Deutsch, Bill Kaverman, Becky Hemauer & Debbie Fink at booth #6 in the Crown Room.

There you will be able to see some of the products & services that we offer and talk to us about whatever is on your mind.  Help keep us busy, Loitering encouraged!

We urge anyone of you to stop by for a friendly hello, its always great to meet new people, old friends, and get the chance to put a face with a name.  Hope to see you there!

Hotel Del Coronado

the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA

FRA Advisory Wants To Remind Railways about Fall Protection

Article by OH&SRailway Fall Protection

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued Safety Advisory 2011-03 to remind railroad bridge workers, railroads, and contractors or subcontractors about the dangers of walking on unsecured sections of walkway and platform gratings, especially without fall protection. A September 2011 fatal fall is among three incidents that prompted its release.

For more information, contact Ron Hynes, director of the Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance in the agencyh’s Office of Railroad Safety, at 202-493-6404 or Carlo Patrick, staff director of the Rail and Infrastructure Integrity Division, at 202-493-6399.

In each of the three incidents, the bridge worker who fell was not using a personal fall arrest system and fell when stepping on an unsecured walkway or platform grating. “The responsible railroads, contractors, and subcontractors had also not erected a safety net system. Furthermore, in each instance, the unsecured grating is known or presumed to have flipped or tipped as it was found to have fallen along with the worker,” FRA said in its Federal Register notice announcing the advisory. “By focusing attention on these accidents, FRA intends to raise awareness and hopefully prevent a continuing pattern of accidents involving similar circumstances,” it stated. Continue reading

Keep Fire Safety On The Checklist This Holiday

Article by OH&S

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires resulted in 21 deaths and 43 injuries.

Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season. Continue reading

OSHA Releases New Educational Videos on Construction Hazards

Here is a really wonderful set of educational resources put out by OSHA that could be used in any number of ways by Companies.  For instance, I know there are companies out there that require employees to complete a number of training hours per year regarding safety; These videos could be utilized to put together hours worth of training, all set up in a matter of minutes.

Their are 12 videos in all, ranging from 2-4 minutes each, which may not be long, but if you use group input and demonstrations following each video, perhaps even include personal stories and how incidents could have been avoided using highlights from the video, you have several hours of useful and effective training while adapting a sense of company / employee cohesion through individual collaboration.

Their is a wide array of useful possibilities for these resources due their availability to the public and the ease of the Video Selection Interface, the videos are available to stream from YouTube, or to download and run right from your computer.  So please take the time and look through the following article and see for yourself.

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Read the full article, or go straight to the OSHA videos.