Category Archives: FR Welding

Breakdown: Workrite’s FR Basics

FR clothing is designed to protect workers from arc flash and flash fire, two hazards that can cause serious injury or death. In an arc flash, the amount of energy released is “quite significant,” with temperatures reaching between 10,000 and 20,000 degrees Fahrenheit, explains Dan Bowen, technical marketing specialist for DuPont Personal Protection.

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BNSF Safe At Work!

We absolutely love receiving pictures and videos from out partners everywhere.  Its amazing to see the end result of a project, or to see a project in action.  Giving us an opportunity to put faces with names and help us feel like we’re a part of a community, building friendships from partnerships.  Especially when these products, that are creatively collaborated upon, help keep our friends and their families safe.  This knowledge really makes us proud of what we do, every day.  So we would like to thank everyone over at BNSF Railway who helped get us these outstanding pictures.  We wish you all a happy and safe holidays!

BNSF New Hires 2011

A group of BNSF New Hires getting tools orientation in Flagstaff Arizona

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Bulwark FR 2011 Catalog, now on Sportex Safety!

A new line of Bulwark FR apparel products straight from the 2011 catalog now available in our online promotional products!Bulwark Fire Resistant

“Bulwark is the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial flame resistant apparel, with a thirty-nine year history of serving the oil & gas, electric utility, and petrochemical markets through innovative design and manufacturing of the broadest range of products, and by providing superior technical expertise. Bulwark Protective Apparel is a division of VF Corporation, the world’s largest branded apparel company.”

Safety Vests & BNSF Workin’ on the Railroad

Safety vests worn while installing a new switch between Flagstaff and Williams Arizona keep these BNSF(Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway) workers on the job. The welder on the left (standing up with a tool in his hand) has a fire resistant vest to protect him from arc flash burns and molten slag.  What makes these safety vests unique? Sportex.

Sportex Safety Jackets, Vests, and FR Weld Jackets get the job done safely

Sportex Safety Jackets, Vests, and FR Weld Jackets get the job done safely

Sportex Safety listens to their customers.  When BSNF welder requested specific improvements we delivered.  They wanted a cooler jacket but heavier sleeves …  so now all of our welding jackets incorporate 11 Ounce Sleeves regardless of 7 Ounce, 9 Ounce or 11 Ounce body fabric.  This keeps their arms protected while allowing for a cooler overall comfort level.

Sportex Safety vests worn while installing a new switch between Flagstaff and Williams Arizona

Sportex Safety vests worn while installing a new switch between Flagstaff and Williams Arizona

Visibility is Key when working around large equipment

Visibility is Key when working around large equipment

Workers rely on the comfort, fit and breathability of our ultra cool vests.   Custom designed pocket and utility configurations are engineered into the safety apparel.   We take the most pride in our Hot Work and Electrical Arc Flash rated products as we pioneered bringing Hi Visibility – ANSI STYLE and F-1506 / 70E together into one garment for the welders, mechanics and electrical signal teams.

Feelin Good in a BNSF Sportex Safety Vest

Feelin Good in a BNSF Sportex Safety Vest

Down and dirty in a Hi Visibility hooded sweat

Down and dirty in a Hi Visibility hooded sweat

Safety vests are just a portion of the Personal Protective Apparel we supply and manufacture here in Tempe AZ.

If your work team has specific apparel requirements Sportex Safety is here to serve. Logos, branding and design work are a common part of our custom apparel services.