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Consideration For Choosing Quality Tools

If you work with your hands on your tools everyday, choosing the right tools is important. In fact, quality tools are an investment in injury prevention, quality work, and efficiency.

Here are few things to consider when you’re trying to choose the best tools to invest in:

  • Comfort – Hand tools need to be comfortable to the user. When you are selecting tools to work with, consider the grip size. How does the tool feel in your hand? Is it too big? Does the small grip cause discomfort when pressure is applied? Is it too heavy? Consider the fact that you are likely to perform the same task over and over hundreds of times with that tool. Does it feel like it will cause any pain or discomfort during repeated use? 
  • Quality – When you’re choosing a tool that you’ll use everyday over and over, the quality of the materials that compose the tool and the manner in which it has been assembled are key considerations. Some materials may provide a lightweight option, but compromise structural integrity for weight. Do your research and make sure that the tool you’re considering is made of quality, durable materials.
  • Functionality – Nothing is more important than having the right tool for the right job. The right tool can save you from a lot of frustration, and can even cut time off the job. Some tools are multi-functional, but compromise usefulness in exchange for function. When you can, certainly choose a tool that can perform multiple functions, but don’t settle for good enough to save space in your bag. 

Ask around and find out what tools your co-workers are using. When possible, take a tool for a test drive and make sure you make the best choice.

Safety for Tower Workers

The danger that tower workers undertake everyday in their job is often unseen and frankly taken for granted. Working as high as 150 feet in the air can be nerve-racking and carries a certain amount of inherent danger. The limited margin for error and the shirking of safety standards can lead to serious injury or death.

There are two key factors that ensure the safety of these tower workers day in and day out: equipment and safety standards/rules.

Having the right equipment is the first step in ensuring worker safety when working at those heights. Using ill-fitting, broken, damaged, or low quality safety equipment can be the difference between life and death for tower workers. Ultimate Tool and Safety seeks to make sure that quality, affordable safety equipment is available to the men and women who work on towers day in and day out.

Safety standards and rules are also an important step in ensuring protection for workers. Standards allow workers to enter the workplace each day with an understanding of the potential hazards and how to avoid them. People who have worked in the field and whose experience informs these rules establish most industry safety standards. With proper standards comes the ability to teach and inform which means that workers can do their jobs safely.

Make sure that you know the standards and rules for safety in your field of operation and be smart about observing those standards and make sure that you have the best equipment available to you. It could be the difference between life and death.

The Right Tools Are Key

Forbes just released its Most Dangerous Jobs report. The list takes into consideration the relative risk of fatality on the job and the top ten most dangerous jobs are:

  • Farm occupations 
  • Truck drivers 
  • Electric power installers 
  • Roofers 
  • Construction laborer 
  • Taxicab drivers 
  • Structural metal workers 
  • Airplane pilots 
  • Timber cutters 
  • Fishers 

Obviously, some jobs are more dangerous than others and fortunately for many, there are workers who are willing to undertake that risk. When they do, it is key that they have the right safety equipment. That equipment varies depending on the nature and demands of the job, but the report notes that one out of six workplace injuries involve slips, falls, and trips. This means that just over 15% of all workplace injuries could potentially have been avoided with the implementation of safety protocols and the use of proper safety equipment.

Ultimate Tool and Safety stocks most of your safety equipment and trade tools in order to help you get your job done right and be safe doing it. At the end of the day, safety standards setup by OSHA and other bodies can help to facilitate safe working environments, but without the right tools and equipment those rules and regulations are somewhat arbitrary. Contact Ultimate Tool and Safety to get what you need.

Choosing the Best Boot

Lineman and other blue collar workers are on their feet for the better part of the day and choosing the right boots can make that reality a little less daunting. There are a few considerations that you should make if you choosing a new pair of boots.

Are they comfortable? 

While comfort may seem frivolous, anyone who has worn an uncomfortable boot for any amount of time knows that it’s really the most important thing. Where comfort doesn’t compromise safety, it should be considered with extreme attention. Comfort is a safety consideration, however.

Are they safe?

Certain environments require certain materials in the upper part of the boot or in the sole portion of the boot. Also, some environments require that you have a certain level of toe protection or that the boots you are wearing are a certain height. Seasoned veterans are typically aware of these considerations, but those who are new to a work environment shouldn’t hesitate to ask their new employer what the best boot option is for their work conditions.

Safe and comfortable boots are key to a better workday. Additionally, consider these thoughts when buying a new pair of boots:

  • Are they too heavy?
  • Is there enough room for your toes?
  • Are they too narrow or too wide?
  • Do they rub your heel when you walk?

Get the right boots so that at the end of the day, your dogs aren’t barking back at you all night long.

Glove Safety is Important

The most common injury in the workplace is an injury to the hand. Regardless of your area of work, you likely use your hands and if you work with your hands in construction or active environments, your hands are at risk. Gloves provide safety in these situations. Simply using the correct hand protection could have prevented a large majority of the reported hand injuries.

If your work requires you to climb up and down poles or ladders, handle any type of tools or construction materials, or work with projects that could result in being burnt or cut, you should be wearing gloves. Gloves are essential to preserving your hands in these environments.

You should consider several factors regarding your gloves. First, consider the fit. You don’t want to wear gloves that are too big. A glove that is too big can actually present just as much danger as no glove at all. Second, consider the application. Do you need to have increased grip, protection from sharp edges, and protection from welding sparks or heat? These factors should be considered in selecting your work gloves.

Of course, there are some situations where gloves would not be appropriate and in those cases, they should be removed. However, consider your hands. You have many little bones in there that you want to protect and the immobilization of a hand can lead to much stress and frustration. 

Your hands are you most important tools on the job. You only get two, so take care of them. Make sure you wear gloves whenever you can.

Safety Standards for Utility Workers

The work of installing and maintaining communication towers can be dangerous. Recently, the American Society of Safety Engineers announced a new standard aimed at protecting workers who install, alter or maintain these towers. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved A10.48, Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures, which is considered the first comprehensive plan to reduce injuries and save the lives of these workers. 

The Department of Labor reports that 13 communication tower workers were killed in 2013 and another 11 were killed in 2014. Most of these deaths were the result of falling. These reports led OSHA to move some of their inspection resources to this particular industry and to get a better understanding of the risks that communication tower workers face on a regular basis.

The new standard, which goes into effect in January, 2017 establishes minimum criteria for safe work practices and training for personnel performing work on communication structures including antenna and antenna supporting structures, broadcast and other similar structures supporting communication related equipment. It has taken 13 years for the ASSE to get these standards together. By using the best minds in the industry, ASSE believes that these new safety measures will see a reduction in injuries and fatalities among those working on communication towers. 

To get a comprehensive understanding of A10.48, visit www.asse.org.

Bucket Truck Accident

Las Vegas authorities confirmed last Friday that a man was taken to Sunrise Hospital following an accident involving a tree-trimming bucket truck. The man is believed to be in critical condition after suffering a fall from the bucket on Sandhill Road.

The cause of the fall appears to be a passing truck that struck the elevated bucket truck while the subcontractor was trimming trees around power lines. The driver of the passing truck remained on the scene and administered help.

Bystanders estimate that the injured sub-contractor was about 25-30 feet into the air when he fell. Those first on the scene administered help to the injured man who was unable to speak and was reportedly foaming at the mouth. He was, however, able to open his eyes.

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What is Dielectric Testing?

The phrase "dielectric testing" refers to the process of evaluating the insulation of a component to determine whether it is sufficient to protect against electric shock to user. To make such a determination, dielectric testers apply an excessive (above normal operating voltage) amount of voltage to a component to see if the component leaks an electrical current.

Dielectric testing is an important process that contributes to the safety of various work environments by greatly reducing the risk of serious injury and death.

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