Filed under: Cable Management, Tools and Cases, Workplace Safety
When it comes to large industrial areas where cabling may be installed it can be a problem to transport the large cable reels the areas needed by yourself. If you find this is the case then all you need is the OEL RR250 Multiple Reel Trailer. This powerful cable reel trailer is designed to promote single person operation and is perfect for any large cable application may require the large cable reels for distributing the cables. Here are the many features you can expect and benefits you can gain with the OEL RR250 Multiple Reel Trailer.
The Advantages of the OEL RR250 Multiple Cable Reel Trailer.
Advantage #1: Reduce Tip Over Risk: Usually when you are carting large and bulky items on a trailer it is important that you position the item perfectly to reduce tip over especially when the trailer is high. This multiple reel trailer is designed to ride close to the ground which helps to distribute the weight evenly to improve stability at all times.
Advantage #2: Hydraulic Pump Integration: Another great thing about these trailers is that they provide a set of 2 hydraulic pumps which are designed for use on rough or uneven terrain to help adjust the reel to ensure stability. This means that one of the pumps is able to compensate for the grading while the other can set to the height needed. These pumps allow for a single person to lift the reel off the ground and onto the trailer with ease.
Advantage #3: High Weight Capacity: Not only does this trailer provide a convenient method of transporting cable reels, it can also handle up to 2 reels at the one time with its high weight capacity. This trailer features a 5,000 pound weight capacity and is designed to be able to support the reels as they are transported long distances with ease.
So if you have an industrial business which needs a convenient method to transport large cable reels from one location to another, then why not take a look at the OEL RR250 Multiple Reel Trailer and choose from a white, yellow and black one to suit all your needs.
Arch flashes are dangerous and can cause serious injury when exposed to them. When working in environments that pose a risk with arch flashes it is vitally important to wear protective gear at all times to help reduce the risk of serious burns or even death. Gear such as the OEL Arc Flash Protection Coveralls 0-20 cal/cm² provide many benefits when it comes to protecting your body from these serious flashes.
The Benefits Of Wearing Arch Flash Coveralls For Protection
Benefit #1 – Comfort: When working it is important that you are comfortable in what you are wearing otherwise it can cause your work day to feel very draining. These coveralls provide an Indura Ultra Soft arch flash resistant material which delivers not only optimal safety but comfort at all times. The included brass two way zipper, snap wrists, elastic waist band, and oversized cut provides an easy fit to any body size for added convenience for all workers.
Benefit #2 – High Protection Rating: These arch flash coveralls are rated 2 cal/cm² to 20 cal/cm². The cal/cm2 rating is a rating that is designed to measure the heat of energy by the conversion of amps, volts, clearing time and distance. Because of its well ranged rating, these coveralls are perfect for handling a range of arc flash applications providing optimal safety for the worker at all times.
Benefit #3 – Long Term Use: These arch flash coveralls are also perfect for providing long term wearing in many industries which may be exposed to the dangers of arch flash. Because of their tough construction, they are perfect for washing and wearing each day providing continued and reliable safety at all times.
So if you work in an industry that may be prone to arch flash and you want to keep yourself safe at all times, why not take a look at these arch flash coveralls and make sure you make it home to your family every night.
Filed under: Lighting, Security and Surveillance, Traffic Control and Safety, Workplace Safety
Under normal circumstances, the dark doesn’t bother me, but put a big chunk of darkness between all-by-my-lonesome me and my car in a semi-sketchy neighborhood, and then you’ve got something else altogether. A few years back, I spent 4th of July on the beach with friends in a city that has an incredibly swank little downtown district, which happens to back right up to the Atlantic. Unfortunately, said swank entertainment district had been carved out of some surrounding unsavory neighborhoods, which still had a reputation to be home to some… ummm… “interesting characters” during the after-hours time slot.
When I had arrived, parking was almost non-existent, and as a last resort, many visitors were leaving their cars on the street in the very outer reaches of safety. Everything looked okay in the bright sun, but that night, when the fireworks had ended and the crowds thinned, it was a long, dark and somewhat nerve-wracking walk back, alone, through some extremely dark, shadowy, and slightly-too-quiet side streets.
I’d have given anything to have a few more of these babies around.
Morris Small Wall Pack Lighting Units are designed to provide an extra measure of weatherproof, tamper-resistant safety lighting in both outdoor and semi-outdoor settings like parking garages, walkways, entry ways, loading docks, building perimeters, and anywhere else that danger can potentially strike in the dark. They not only help make the bad guys a little more visible, but also make it easier for pedestrians to see, and avoid, hazards or obstacles that may be in their paths.
Small Wall Pack Lights are available with High Pressure Sodium or Metal Halide lamps, and are UL 924 listed, so they’re safe for use even in damp or wet environments. They include knockouts that allow for optional installation over conduit, and can even be customized with photo sensors, so that they automatically turn on when it gets dark enough for you to need the extra light.
Ah, the old Exit Sign. That ubiquitous fixture in any public place, which both gets the attention of anyone looking for a way out, and has at the same time become the equivalent of visual white noise to anyone who leaves their house on a semi-regular basis. Exit signs are a paradox: we need them and do use them, but we also take them completely for granted, and never really give them more than a passing glance.
While I’ve always appreciated the presence of exit signs, I have to say that despite the important role they play, a lot of them, historically, haven’t been incredibly easy on the eyes. There’s nothing you can do about the blaring red letters – without them, emergency signage would be pointless. But the housings around those letters tend to be completely lacking in aesthetic appeal… design-wise, you really can’t get any more institutional.
That’s why I’m so happy that someone has finally given the tried and true exit sign a modern, and very stylish, makeover. The key feature is a sleek, minimalist aluminum housing that’s only 2 inches thick, and blends in beautifully with high-style decor, so it’s perfect for nice restaurants, high-end apartment buildings, boutique hotels, galleries, and just about anywhere else where emergency exit signs are necessary, but decor and ambiance can’t be sacrificed.
In addition to its improved outer appearance, this aluminum exit sign has been updated within, too, with long-lasting, energy-saving LEDs, which last much longer and use far less energy than the traditional incandescent signage bulbs that used to illuminate exit signs. There might be a few products that you wish would go back to the the way they used to be, but this definitely isn’t one of them.
Filed under: Cord Covers, Tools and Cases, Workplace Safety
Ever picked up a heavy-duty polyurethane cable protector? They’re heavy – sometimes really heavy. Depending on its width and the amount of “ramp” area it has, a typical cord protector can range anywhere from 20 to 100 lbs. Granted, for that type of product, heft is a definite selling point, because it means that the cord protectors aren’t going to be pancaked or pushed around when pedestrians and vehicles go over them. But think about the fact that you almost never need just one cable protector, and that they’re often used on a temporary basis.
Add it all up, and that means some serious cable protector hauling every time you need to set up, break down, or just change configuration. Not that having to break a sweat every now and then is a bad thing, but seeing as how most cable protectors are at lease 3 feet long, they can be a little unweildy to schlep, considering their weight. Moving more than one at a time is, in most cases, not advisable. Now, I know that there are a few people out there (I may or may not be one of them) who think that making multiple trips is lame, and would rather overload themselves in the name of efficiency than have to go back a second or third time. These people tend to end up in pain shortly after entertaining these thoughts. These people need to get a cable protector transport cart.
You heard me. The Yellow Jacket Cord Protector Cart. It can hold up to 12 of the biggest and baddest cable protectors at once, but lets you roll them from Point A to Point B in comfort, instead of juggling them like an idiot and sweating like a pig. And in the event that you just need to store the cord covers for a while instead of immediately setting them up in another location, the cart doubles as the perfect storage rack. When it’s time to put the cable protectors back in action, just wheel them wherever you need them. I hate to say it, but sometimes the “lazy” way really does end up being the smarter way.
Ever gotten to take a tour of a factory? It’s like watching Made in America or How It’s Made, just about a hundred times better because you can get up close and actually ask questions. You even get to put on safety goggles – it’s the complete experience. Since I’ve been writing about cable management, tech, and workplace safety, I’ve been lucky enough to visit 3 different manufacturing facilities on the East Coast, and see firsthand how they operate and crank out their respective products. It’s really cool.
One thing that I noticed in each of these places is how there are rows and rows of machinery, with each piece of equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars (at least). Between these rows of lasers cutters, press brakes and robotic lifters are aisles, down which forklifts often roam, delivering raw materials, carting away finished components, and traveling to and from the storage mezzanines. Here’s the thing: what if one of these zoomy little forklifts goes off-course and accidentally “bumps” into one of those machines? A big, fat repair happens, that’s what. And so, there are a couple of useful products known as bollard posts and machine guards.
Even if you haven’t been to a plant, you’ve probably seen them somewhere before. They’re all the rage in parking lots and near loading docks, where they keep vehicles out of certain areas, and away from certain things. They’re those stalwart metal posts that mean business, and will leave a nasty dent in anything on wheels that decides to challenge them (that’s a good thing). Ever wondered how bollards and machine guards get so tough?
Well, for starters, if they’re made by Eagle Manufacturing, they’re made of 1/4 inch thick steel, covered in a baked-on yellow powder coat finish that says “look out!” but still manages to survive in the event of a vehicle run-in. Next, you can bolt them right into the ground or a concrete floor, so they aren’t going anywhere. And last – they’re hollow, so you can fill them with cement for extra staying power (ohhhh, so that’s what those caps are for). No one’s getting past these babies. Take that, renegade forklifts.
Filed under: Electrical, Fire Protection, Workplace Safety
I usually try to kick off my blog posts with an at least somewhat comical life observation, personal experience or childhood memory, but today I’m going to put all things quirky aside, and instead blog in all seriousness. Today, we’re talking about arc flash, an area in which I’m very grateful to have to no firsthand experience. In case you’re not too familiar with arc flash, it’s basically an industrial-strength electrical short that causes voltage from one conductor to spontaneously “arc” through the air to another exposed conductor. This arcing action can result in an extreme electrical explosion called an arc blast, which has the power to gravely injure, or even kill, anyone who happens to be nearby.
The explosion can generate a pressure wave that packs thousands of pounds per square inch, as well as temperatures up to 35,000°F. Force and temperatures of this magnitude can mean broken bones, collapsed lungs, ruptured eardrums, concussions, extensive third degree burns, and even damaged eyesight – and that’s if you’re lucky and it doesn’t just kill you on the spot. Arc blast can easily become personal tragedy, and there are electrical workers who face the risk of it every day.
Thanks to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and OSHA, electrical workers are now required to wear a range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and flame retardant (FR) clothing to decrease their risk of injury should an arc blast occur in an area in which they’re working. Standard items of arc flash clothing include FR shirts, pants, and coveralls, arc flash hoods, face shields, safety goggle, ear protection, insulating rubber and leather gloves, and dielectric footwear made of rubber and/or leather. But while most arc flash PPE is intended to be worn, there’s one protective measure that you don’t actually put on: the arc protection blanket.
Arc protection blankets are generally made of heavy-duty canvas, and are intended to create a barrier between the arc explosion and the worker. Depending on the room or vault that the work is taking place in, arc protection blankets can either be suspended in various ways, or hung up against a wall. They’re particularly good for work in underground vaults, where they can be arranged like a makeshift funnel, to direct blast energy up and out of the chamber. Arc blast blankets not only have the ability to direct blast flow, but are also able to absorb impact and contain flames to a certain degree. And while they may not be completely foolproof (nothing is, when it comes to arc flash), when used in conjunction with regular arc flash PPE, they can leave you a lot better off than you’d be if you hadn’t used one.
Call me a kook, but whenever I see or hear about the old noggin-mount flashlight, I automatically think “crusty Old West miner.” You know, the kind of bent, grizzled old loner with a tobacco-stained beard and floppy hat that hides out in old mine shafts and tries to keep wandering tourists or kids away from the yet-to-be-found-nuggets (the gold kind, not chicken) that he has yet to lay claim to? The kind of guy who rides down rickety subterranean tracks in ore carts, with only the beam of his trusty head lamp to light the way?
Okay, apparently I spent way too many childhood summers mesmerized by the USA Cartoon Express and reruns of 1960s Disney live-action movies (albeit without any regret). It’s just slightly tainted my imagination, and maybe narrowed my mind as to actual uses for a head lamp. But I found out just last night that someone I know, and am in fact related to, actually owns and actively uses one.
Being a landlord, my father-in-law has no shortage of yardwork, both at his own house and his rental properties. Most non-winter weekends see him glued to a lawnmower and weed whacker, and if he’s not able to tame all the vegetation in his care on Saturday and/or Sunday, that usually means that he has to get his mow on on weeknights, after work. On a few occasions, darkness has begun to fall before the job was done, so he just fished around in his truck until he found his head-mount flashlight, then got right back down to business, without missing a beat. It’s also reported to have come in handy during more than one plumbing repair, when he’s had to crawl under sinks, but needed his hands free to wield tools.
A head lamp is starting to sound like a pretty cool idea, isn’t it? If you’re going to give it a go, I recommend the Pelican HeadsUp Lite, which is made just as much for hikers and campers as it is for handy types and pro contractors. You can choose from a Xenon or LED lamp, depending on whether you prefer intensely bright light or longer-lasting batteries, respectively. And whichever you choose, you’ll be automatically prepared to wear it directly against your cranium or around a hardhat with the two included cloth and rubber straps (both types are adjustable).
And here’s my favorite part: a special lens technology actually alters the color spectrum of the flashlight’s beam, so you see whatever’s in the light’s path with far greater sharpness, detail and clarity.
Filed under: Server Racks and Enclosures, Tools and Cases, Workplace Safety
Workplace safety isn’t limited to ergonomics, lockout/tagout and PPE – sometimes, it’s all about the storage. Take flammable materials… you can’t just leave them laying around or stack them in a corner somewhere. Aside from the obvious ignition risks, many fuels and flammable solvents can also cause chemical corrosion or damage to other materials, so the smartest and safest bet is to keep them well-contained in strategic areas of your facility.
As for what to actually keep them in, I suggest Flammable Storage Cabinets by Eagle Manufacturing. These double-walled enclosures provide an excellent buffer between hazardous flammables and the things that might set them off, such as sparks, open flame and high heat. And they’re just as good at keeping flammables in as they are at sealing ingnition sources out: a 2″ raised door sill keeps liquids from trickling out, even if there’s a leak or spill inside the cabinet.
Leveling legs and an all-around 1.5″ air cushion (remember those double walls I just mentioned?) keep vibration at bay, to prevent seals from loosening and containers from toppling over. As for warning workers of flammability risks, these Eagle enclosures are emblazoned with unmistakable safety warnings in 3 languages (English, Spanish, and French) to eliminate any confusion as to the cabinets’ contents and their potential dangers.
And there’s one other little thing that these help with: OSHA compliance.
If you’ve ever wanted to build your very own parking lot, now’s your chance. I’ve never thought of speed bumps and parking blocks as something you can just go and order online, but we’ve just added them to the website, so I guess you can! Personally, I have no immediate use for parking lot fixtures, but I think it’s pretty cool that they’re easily available if the need ever arises.
While most of us are used to speed bumps and parking stops being molded out of concrete or asphalt, these Eagle products add a neat new twist to things because they’re made out of high-density polyurethane, and are both movable and reusable. This makes them perfect for temporary parking areas at schools, parks, and special events – you can custom-configure them to plot out traffic flow and parking, so everything is safer and a little more organized.
And here’s another thing I like about Eagle speed bumps that you won’t see with the run-of-the-mill asphalt kind: they also do double-duty as cable protectors! Each speed bump has 2 cable channels molded into its underside, so if you need to run power cords or other types of cables across a vehicle path, it’s no problem. Just cover the cables with the speed bumps, and they’ll be protected from crushing while you, at the same time, limit vehicles to a safe speed.