Tom Hammel 2017-12-09 03:49:34
THE SHOW MUST GO ON, SO WHEN MERCURY FALLS, KEEP ‘EM WARM! Work doesn’t stop when it gets cold; it just gets a lot harder and more dangerous. That’s why products that can help keep workers safe, warm and productive are increasingly crucial in today’s stop-for-nothing environment. These six companies are taking their own approaches to this cold, hard problem. STRONG MAN SAFETY PRODUCTS Working outside isn’t always the easiest, and working outside in the cold is even harder. That’s why Jay Kinder and his company make safety products that keep the heat in and the elements out. “Winter weather increases job site dangers,” says Jay Kinder, president of Strong Man Safety Products. “Our job is to always keep job sites safe, and with winter presenting a new set of challenges, we make sure we’ve got you covered.” Strong Man has been in the construction industry for over 43 years. It specializes in safety netting that protects the lives of workers and pedestrians from accidents and falling debris. Strong Man fire-retardant tarps and scaffold wraps are known industry wide for keeping crews safe in winter weather conditions. “Our products are great for every day of the year but particular products prove to be even more helpful during the winter months. For example, our D12/fire-retardant scaffold wrap helps to create a strong barrier between the extreme cold outside while crews can work safely inside. This way, crews can focus solely on the work in front of them instead of worrying about the weather interfering or slowing them down.” Strong Man fire-retardant tarps and scaffold wraps are easy to install, use and maintain. Making the job site as safe as possible yields positive results, like improved employee morale, more productivity and lower insurance rates. “Watching construction move ahead during the winter always amazes me,” Kinder adds. “But it wouldn’t be possible without having the best safety products year after year. Strong Man products are built to last season after season so a onetime investment in the right products will make both dollars and sense over time.” “If a job site needs to be kept safe, Strong Man can help. We always make sure that our customers have access to nothing but the best products. Choose Strong Man.” L.B. WHITE L.B. White manufactures direct-and indirect-fired forced-air heaters, convection heaters and radiant heaters in a variety of outputs, ignition types, electrical requirements and installation options for the agricultural, horticultural, industrial, construction and tent industries. “L.B. White’s newest heater, the Tradesman 400 Ultra DF portable forced air heater is the most compact 400,000 BTU/h dual fuel (LP/NG) heater on the market today,” states Kelly Komperud, marketing product manager. “The Tradesman 400 Ultra DF weighs 43 pounds and is only 35 inches long, making it easy to carry from site to site.” Its output can be adjusted from 400,000 BTU/h down to 250,000 BTU/h for LP and down to 170,000 BTU/h for NG. This heater is direct fired, has 99-plus-percent combustion efficiency and is made in the U.S.A. Its variable output means fuel savings on the job. Engineered to deliver reliable, high efficiency heat, the L.B. White Tradesman 400 Ultra DF heater features a single lever to change from propane to natural gas, a thermostat to keep any work environment comfortable and a unique three-trial ignition system that insures the heater will light under adverse conditions. As durable as it is economical, the new Tradesman 400 Ultra DF has the heaviest gauge combustion chamber and burner plate in its class, a Tri-Shield finish to protect against abrasion or corrosion, is certified to meet or exceed CSA-US standards and carries an industry leading two-year warranty. “Recognized as a leader in construction heating for 65 years, L.B. White offers the technical expertise and knowledgeable customer support you can count on for all your construction heating needs,” Komperud concludes. MI-T-M Heaters are essential during the winter months when working on a jobsite can become very cold and uncomfortable. Mi-T-M offers many types of portable heaters designed to efficiently heat any work environment. “Mi-T-M kerosene forced air heaters and propane forced air heaters are great for extending heat into wide areas, especially on job sites,” begins Matt Hoefer, equipment division manager for Mi-T-M. “Both types are portable, easy to operate and provide consistent and reliable heat for a warm, comfortable work space.” When heat needs to be ducted into a building, the portable Mi-T-M Job Site Series heaters provide 100 percent clean, dry heat and the Elite Series heaters provide worry-free heating or air circulation for large or small areas. These heavy-duty heaters are ideal for heating large ventilated commercial buildings and construction sites. With a 360-degree heat radius, the gas-fired convection heaters heat any space quietly and efficiently. These units are great for workshops along with the convenient yet versatile propane tank-top radiant heaters which can simply be connected to a propane cylinder and heat a workspace for up to 48 hours. For users who need clean, quiet, instant radiant heat, the kerosene radiant heater maximizes radiant output for natural, soothing warmth for up to 20 hours. It is compact and great for large vented areas. “Whether it’s a general contracting job or a large construction project, Mi-T-M heaters will provide the reliable and consistent heat to work efficiently and comfortably,” Hoefer says. “Choose models from Mi-T-M with heating area capabilities ranging from 9,000 to 600,000 BTU and the colder months of the year won’t slow down another job again.” MILWAUKEE TOOL Milwaukee understands that users must work in some tough conditions, cold weather being one of them. “We first introduced Milwaukee Heated Gear in 2010,” says Kaue Cavalcante, product manager. “Running on the same high-performance lithium-ion battery back as our professional power tools, the Milwaukee heated jacket uses carbon fiber heating technology to actively warm the body and stimulate blood circulation in even the coldest job site conditions for a full day of work. By focusing on core heat, we were able to help our end users work longer and reduce the number of layers needed to work in extreme conditions.” Milwaukee continues to improve garment design, technology and heat retention. The newest updates combined advanced heating technology and proprietary materials to enhance performance, durability and comfort. New ToughShell stretch polyester offers five times longer life than other soft-shell jackets and improved wind/water resistance. They also have enhanced cut and fit with FreeFlex mobility and can provide up to eight hours of heat distributed across the chest, back, and pockets for a full day of work on a single battery charge. “This fall we introduced a full line of Work Gear,” Cavalcante adds. “After years of working with tradesmen in cold weather, we saw multiple issues and expanded our research to understand dress patterns, layering trends and the most common pieces of apparel on the job site.” The insights gathered from this research are the defining factors of this Work Gear lineup. Utilizing GRIDIRON Ripstop Polyester to deliver superior durability without the bulk of cotton duck, the GRIDIRON hooded jacket, traditional jacket and zip-to-thigh bib overalls redefine expectations of job site-tough, insulated work wear. The NO DAYS OFF hooded sweatshirt combines weather resistance with comfort to improve upon the most common layering piece used by tradesmen. MAKITA U.S.A. “In addition to powering an expanding system of cordless tools and accessories, Makita 12V and 18V batteries can help users keep warm in cold, harsh conditions,” notes Carlos Quintana, senior product manager, Cordless, Makita U.S.A. “Makita heated jackets have a power source that accepts Makita batteries to provide hours of heat and comfort on the job site.” Makita offers 18V LXT heated jackets in black and Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, as well as a heated vest in black. 18V LXT heated jackets and vests accept Makita 18V LXT and 18V compact batteries for up to 28 hours of heat (with BL1850 5.0-Ah battery, sold separately). Users can charge electronic devices with a convenient on-board USB power port with 2.1A output (versus the standard 1.5A) for faster charging. The 18V LXT heated jacket has three heat settings and four pockets including a zippered chest pocket that is ideal for a cell phone or other accessories. The battery pocket is on the rear-left side, so it’s out of the way but within easy reach. The soft fleece-lined collar is tailored for increased user comfort, even when fully zipped up. The knitted storm cuffs and drawstring waist provide a better fit to help keep the cold weather outside, and the removable zip-off sleeves quickly convert the jacket into a vest for warmer conditions. 18V LXT heated jackets are powered by the same batteries that power 175-plus LXT cordless solutions. “Makita 12V max CXT heated jackets have a similar range of features including three heat settings, four pockets, a battery pocket on the rear-left side, a soft fleecelined collar, knitted storm cuffs and drawstring waist, and removable zip off sleeves,” Quintana adds. Each 12V max CXT cordless heated jacket delivers up to 14 hours of heat (with BL1041 4.0-Ah battery, sold separately), and can also charge portable electronic devices with the convenient on-board USB power port. ERGODYNE According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly one in five workplace injuries are caused by slips, trips and falls. That’s why safety work wear manufacturers are always seeking materials that will help workers find better footing on snow, ice and other slippery surfaces. The current trend for effective outdoor traction is to dot the bottom of ice traction devices with studs made of tungsten carbide. One of the strongest, most durable compounds known to man, the only substance harder than tungsten carbide on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness is diamond. “This fall, Ergodyne introduced the TREX 6300TC One-Piece Tungsten Carbide Ice Traction Device with tungsten carbide studs on the bottom for sharper grip and enhanced traction and stability,” says Alsie Nelson, product manager. “The bottom of the 6300TC includes eight studs that wear up to 100 times longer than steel and are 40 percent thinner than our carbon heat-treated steel spikes, allowing for better penetration and sharper grip on ice and snow.” This lightweight piece is easily transportable, and its stretchable rubber-frame TPE sling fits easily over boots or shoes. “Ice traction devices are a simple, cost-effective way to prevent slips, trips and falls,” Nelson adds. “We created the 6300TC because tungsten carbide offers even sharper grip and longer wear for those needing a more durable option. Replacement studs for the TREX 6301TC are also sold separately.” “The advances in footwear technology have only improved workplace safety,” says Tom Votel, president and CEO, Ergodyne. “Sourcing better materials is one way we’re able to consistently optimize our safety solutions.”
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