Monthly Archives: December 2011

Key factors in Selecting FR Clothing

Article by Mark Saner, Workrite

Question – When in the initial phases of coming into compliance with NFPA 70E and starting to evaluate different FR garments, why wouldn’t you just go with the least expensive garment that meets the standard?

Answer – While garments can look very similar on the surface, they often contain different characteristics. This is especially true in flame-resistant garments, where key elements like fabric brand used and construction techniques can make a real impact on both performance and wear life over time. Additionally, your company may have specific “business-to-business” needs in order to service your program, from credit, to specific alterations required, to the need for non-stock sizes or ordering online.

When evaluating flame-resistant clothing, it is about finding products that offer the best balance of protection, comfort and value. Continue reading

Carhartt Now Available

We just finished loading a number of our best selling items from Carhartt onto Sportex Safety.  Check them 
out here to get free embroidery on orders of 6 or more, for a limited time only.

Carhartt Now Available
Remember to call us if you dont see something you like, we have a full line of Carhartt available as well as tons of other brand names and products, all with great prices and custom options.

Readers’ Choice: Most Popular ENR Stories of 2011

ENR readers kept many conversations alive this year—including and about types of innovation on major construction projects around the globe, a big iron playground in Vegas, tech trends on jobsites, trouble with BIM and viewpoints that struck more than a few nerves.

Some of the most-popular stories were usually the ones that inspired the most comments by readers, sometimes critical, sometimes praise-filled. As the industry reviews the highlights of 2011 and looks forward to a new year, ENR Editors present this round-up of some of the most-popular stories of the year on

See them all here

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Happy Holidays from Sportex Safety!

In light of the holidays we decided to get together, throw on some safety vests & jackets, stop traffic  & and run as fast as possible across the street.  All in order to get a group picture including everyone here at Sportex Safety!  Thanks to everyone for a great year and we wish you all a happy and safe holidays!Sportex Safety Happy Holidays

Ergodyne’s N-Ferno® 6900 Warming Vest Breakdown

Ergodyne’s N-Ferno® 6900 Warming Vest with NobleTek® Insulation

The 6900 Warming Vest provides remarkable warmth, comfort, and flexibility — without the added bulk of natural or synthetic fiber.  Recently named “2011 New Product of the Year” by occupational Health & Safety Magazine, the N-Ferno® 6900 vest employs a breakthrough warming system using flexible, airtight, yet breathable chambers filled with Argon gas. The 4.5mm layer of Argon used by the vest has the same thermal conductivity as 14mm of the best synthetic or natural fibers currently on the market. Additionally, NobleTek® insulation is the only insulation on the market that gives users the power to adjust their level of warmth with the turn of a dial.

Nferno 6900 Warming Vest

Click on the image above for more details or call us at 800-486-8677

Is an Argon-filled vest safe?

Absolutely. Argon is a safe, non-toxic, non-flammable, 100% eco-friendly gas. In fact, you breathe about 1% Argon every day because it occurs naturally in the environment.

Now available here at Sportex Safety, the N-Ferno® 6900 Warming Vest with NobleTek™ Insulation is designed for cold-environment workers needing to stay warm and productive on the job.

BNSF In West Franconia Arizona

Franconia is located North of Lake Havasu Arizona and East of Topock Arizona on the California/Arizona border.  The Topock Bridge is used by the Railroads to cross the Colorado River into either Arizona or California.  Thanks for the great pictures guys, and keep up the good work!

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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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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