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Regina Gadacz   

Four pieces of safety equipment to protect against workplace injuries

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Four pieces of safety equipment to protect against workplace injuries


A match made in heaven: MIPS, a helmet manufacturer that has revolutionized brain protection systems through decades of research, and Guardio, a leading provider of industrial safety equipment. Together, they’ve created a safety helmet designed to divert impact to the head away from the brain, offering top-of-the-line protection from brain injury which, alarmingly, was the cause of 25 per cent of all construction fatalities from 2003 to 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


A typical safety harness is made to catch you if you tumble on a jobsite, but that’s about it. The latest Blue Armour and LiteFit harnesses from Werner are designed to hold you comfortably while you wait for rescue. An easy-to-grab Relief Handle allows you to shift your body into a sitting position, removing pressure from your femoral artery and allowing for a smoother recovery. Less dangling damsel in distress and more “I’ll hang here while you sort this out.”



A place for everything, and everything in its place – golden advice for any worksite, but doubly important when it comes to, say, the first aid kit. The Safety Kage from KNAACK provides a sturdy, ventilated, highly visible home for safety gear: Easy access to the fire extinguisher, eyewash station, and first aid kit; small shelves for ear plugs and eyeglasses; hooks for hanging safety harnesses; and a latch you can open with your foot.


Tough enough to offer 21 per cent more cut-resistance than the leading HPPE gloves, yet sensitive enough to use your smartphone – the new GraphEx gloves from SW have struck that fine balance between protection and dexterity. Made with a proprietary yarn called AxyFybr, and without silicone or fibreglass, these gloves are harder than a diamond, 200 times stronger than steel, and only a single atom thick. Tough and sensitive. Isn’t that always the goal?


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