Monthly Archives: September 2011

Don’t take gloves for granted

Story by ISHN Magazine, September 01, 2011, By Gil LeVerne, Jr.

Whenever a worker who is not wearing hand protection suffers a hand injury, the question comes up: whose responsibility is hand protection anyway? The employer? The worker? The safety officer?

Work Gloves

Every year there are more than a million emergency room visits due to hand injuries.

Protecting workers’ hands from accidental injury is not a trivial matter for U.S. employers. Every year there are more than a million emergency room visits due to hand injuries. OSHA standards 1910.138(a), General requirements and 1910.138(b), Selection clearly require employers to provide hand protection.

However, despite employer’s hand protection efforts, workers often take off the provided gloves and work unprotected and vulnerable to the injuries the gloves are designed to protect against. The situation can be worsened when the wrong gloves are provided, workers feel encumbered by the gloves or when hand protection requirements are not enforced. Statistics show that glove wearing reduced risk of injury by 60 percent.

The key to a successful hand protection program is threefold:

  • First: Comprehensive assessment of the hand protection requirements of every task in the work environment
  • Second: Matching up the proper glove for each task
  • Third: Establishing a work environment where the gloves stay on whenever the task calls for hand protection, i.e. a “safety first” culture. Continue reading

Solar Tower Twice the Height of Empire State Building in Arizona

EnviroMission USA, a subsidiary of Australian renewable energy firm EnviroMission Ltd., is developing the estimated $750-million project, to be built on a site in La Paz County near Quartzite, Ariz. While the Australian division of design engineer Arup is still working out exact details, Chris Davey, EnviroMission USA’s president, says the 426-ft-dia. tower is expected to reach approximately 2,600 ft into the Arizona sky. The great height is necessary to attain a sufficient temperature differential to propel air with enough force to drive the turbines.

While project financing is still being worked out, the project was boosted in October by a 200-MW power purchase agreement from the Southern California Public Power Authority.

The tower generates electricity using relatively simple scientific principles. A massive greenhouse podium up to three miles in diameter will heat the surface air to 160 ˚F. Since air temperature falls 2 ˚F for every 320 ft in elevation, the difference in temperature atop the tower causes the lighter, heated air to flow upward. “Provided you can maintain the temperature differential of about 55 ˚F, you are going to operate at maximum output,” Davey says. Turbines similar to those used in hydroelectric powerplants convert the air flow into mechanical energy. Continue reading

Top ten trends in the PPE industry

By ISHN Magazine, September 01, 2011, By Gil LeVerne, Jr.

ppe workers1 — Safety is playing a more significant role in operations.

Over the past five years, the role of safety management has been redefined. Selection of best-suited PPE, employee training, compliance assurance and ordering and stocking have required companies to elevate the necessity for safety personnel to have a seat at the operational table. Increasingly, safety managers have specialized skill sets, including college degrees in safety, employee health and safety or industrial hygiene. The safety mentality has shifted from “We’ll do the best we can” to “We are the best.”

Bottom line: Safety is now woven into the fabric of operational excellence.

2  — Safety records are the most important measurement for operational excellence.

In a recent research project where more than 450 plant managers were interviewed from a cross section of all the key industrial markets, participants were asked “What are the top five ways you measure operational excellence?” The number one way the majority of participants measured their operations was via an analysis of safety records. Safety records were more important than training records, quality control reports and cost per unit measures. Continue reading

Kiewit-Sundt Team Speeds Freeway Expansion to Finish in Arizona

ENR Kiewit Sundt


Story by ENR magazine 09/19/2011

Battling monsoons, heat, live traffic and subpar soils, a joint-venture team expects to complete 30 miles of a Phoenix-area freeway expansion in just eight months—adding another reason for the Arizona Dept. of Transportation to embrace design-build as it constructs projects to cope with growing traffic.

A team of Kiewit Corp. and Sundt Construction holds the approximately $90-million contract to add 30 miles of high-occupancy vehicle lanes to Loop 101 between state Route 51 and Interstate 10.  “To do this many miles in [nine] months is pretty exciting,” says Steve Mishler, ADOT project manager. “Typically, this project would have been broken up into five pieces, and I would have been given 18 months just for design and a year and change for construction.” Continue reading

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.”