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July 26, 2016

Posted in PPE


Cestus Armored Gloves

The risks of working in the oil and gas industry are conspicuous. Working in the sector entails heavy equipment, chains, pipes and tools all day with oil and the byproducts creating a wet working environment. Despite numerous efforts and increased awareness campaigns done on the workers, the volume of the injuries seems to be on the rise. It is a trend that most players consider permanent owing to the inherent features of the products and the working environment.

With severe explosions and fatalities hitting headlines every day, numerous injuries occur to the crew but fail to catch a public eye. Surprisingly, more than half of all reported injuries involve the hands or the fingers. A study conducted between 2009 and 2013 found that fingers, wrists, and hand injuries contributed 20% of all body parts injured in the oil and gas sub-sector. Cuts stand at 7% of all injuries in the industry and 13% of the severe incidents. Chemical exposure can cause adverse skin damage while flash fires cause burns and loss of lives to the victims.

A single injury is likely to cost a company more than $21,000 in hospital fees and compensations. As if not enough workers take a few days before return to light duties, and months before they resuming to regular duties. During this period, companies have to recruit and train new workers as well as replace the broken equipment and safety gear for the new persons. At the end of the exercise, some companies have reported a staggering $120,000 in indirect costs that translated to a daily margin of $5000.

In the worst circumstance, the injuries can cut short a career or cause partial of full dysfunction. While there is a need to shield the company from such litigations, the effects go beyond the economic damages. Colleagues of the injured employees are likely to empathize with the victim affecting their motivation towards meeting the business objectives. A perception that their partner was poorly treated is likely to dig deep the situation increasing the possibility of recurrence. If the incidents increase, oil companies may have to deal with higher insurance costs.

The ancient innovations

Some of the safety products used in the modern industry are just a few years old. As for Cestus gloves, they brand traces its origin in the old boxing activities. The first gloves featured leather strips that were fitted with iron plates, blades and spikes and hence used as weapons. The brand derived its name from a Latin word that means “to strike.” Over the years, the gloves evolved in design and materials to suit the changing boxing needs and to fit varying uses.

The first ever Cestus gloves found featured in the ancient boxing championships in Greece. They were made of bands of rawhide that covered the under palm leaving the fingers exposed. As the gloved gained prominence, the Greeks improved the version into a product that featured small metal balls in the leather. The version served more than just the initial purpose of protecting the hands from the impact, as it could inflict pain on the opponents.

The rise of the Roman gladiator’s competition saw an increased adoption of Cestus gloves. However, the Roman gloves were different in style and featured additional materials to suit their games. The Roman Cestus came with straps of varying lengths with some covering the elbow to prevent it from the heavy blows. Cestus fighters competed against armed gladiators, often slaves, who were forced to fight to the death. While cestus fighters often faced defeats from the other gladiators, a single blow from the Cestus fighter was enough to incapacitate the gladiator.

The modern production

Amid a rich history of use of these gloves in different fields, Cestus boasts of more than 30 years in providing gloves and PPE to the modern industry. The company has redefined protection for the oil and gas sector with better impact hand protection and thick grip. It explains the recent waves safety visible in the mining fields, refineries, oil and gas transport and the general industry. Guided by passion and determination, the company assures users of ergonomic yet comfortable gloves that keep fit and functional under different conditions.

Since establishment, the firm has seen increased adoption of its brands from across the globes. The company’s headquarters at Pacific Northwest out of Portland, OR serves to ensure the brands reach the work sites that need the PPE. In a sector that is striving towards achieving a zero hand/finger related incidents; more players are settling for the ergonomic precision, top-quality protection materials, intelligent designs, and compliant brands. Some of the brands available at the oil and gas safety supplies include:

Cestus waterproof temp series insulated metacarpal glove

In matters safety, there is no definite way to prevent hand-related injuries in the workstations. Every approach contributes immensely to the success of the others. For instance, use of PPE is not sufficient without adequate training on the utilization of the right PPE and the proper mode of application. Enforcement plays a significant role in ensuring the technicians adhere to the safety regulations hence eliminating the possibility of negligence-related incidents. Specially designed hand gloves limit the severity of hand injuries in the event of an injury.

Cestus waterproof temp series insulated metacarpal glove is an exact definition of hand protection that stands the test of time. The gear offers cut resistant level 3 protection keeping users hands safe from piercing objects, pricking tools and sharp moving parts of the machine. The oil resistant cover features a soft faux fur lining to provide ample warmth when working in the freezing conditions without increasing the sweating rate during warm temperatures.

The PVC dotted grid palms improves the grip when working in wet areas while the curved fingers lower the level of strain when working for long hours. The waterproof yet breathable membrane insert keep your hands dry when working on the offshore rigs, as well as prevents sweating during hot seasons. The Kevlar thread stitching and the two-way stretch material improve durability and flexibility respectively. Additionally, an extended gauntlet cuff prevents possible slipping that would expose you to injuries.

Cestus waterproof insulated metacarpal glove

When it comes to selecting the appropriate work gloves, quality becomes imperative towards enhancing safety and durability. Cestus gloves come in handy towards preventing the oil workers from different forms of incidents. Available at the oil and gas safety supplies, the PPE comes with additional features that give better protection without compromising the ability to handle complex tasks. Some are made to withstand extreme weather conditions and hence prevent freezing and overheating in equal measure.

Cestus waterproof insulated metacarpal glove features an extra lax fur lining that gives warmth during winter as well as when working in deep wells. In addition, it comes with oil, heat, and chemical resistant features that keep you safe from skin damage and burns. The PVC dotted grid palm, and the cut resistant level 3 comes in handy towards improving the grip and shield against cuts. The brand comes with a two-way stretch material for better flexibility and Kevlar thread stitches for higher durability. As if not enough, the breathable and waterproof membrane insert ensures comfort at different conditions.

Cestus deep grip Kool glove

As workers dread the hazardous conditions, it is vital to provide sufficient protection against various forms of injuries. Impact remains the most popular and perhaps the most difficult to prevent, as it requires materials. Cestus deep grip Kool glove comes with impact resistant material at the back of the fingers, metacarpals, thumb and the fingertips. The skid-x grip offers water and oil resistance while increasing grip control in wet and oil surfaces. Ain addition it comes with fewer layers to ensure comfort during hot weather.

July 19, 2016

Posted in PPE, safety


Ringers’ Gloves

Ringers’ Gloves

Every workplace is a domesticated war field that keeps hands on the front line. This is more evident in the oil and gas industry that remains one of the most hazardous working areas in the world. The past-recorded incident shows that hand injuries contributed up to 50% of all accidents in the oil and gas subsector. A survey conducted in 2014 found that finger and hand injuries contributed to 43% of all accidents that occurred in oil rigs, which was an increase from previous years. For this reason, the oil companies are keen on strategies aimed at improving workers safety against such incidences.

In 1992, Kenney Dolenak established Ringers Gloves after inventing the first ever brand the mechanics. They enterprise later extended its coverage to making hand protections for different forms of tasks. Most professional racers made the products their safety gear of choice owing to the wide range of choice provided. With the rising concerns of hand safety in the oil and gas industry, the company devised several brands for the rigging crew and other staffs in the sector.

Ringers Gloves manufactures and supplies task specific and high-quality gloves for varying industries. The need for extreme reliability drives the firm’s dedication towards maintaining superior artistry that suits client’s needs. Since inception, the company has launched a string of innovations that came to serve specific market gaps, while setting the bar for the industry. As an industry leader, it keeps raising the standards of what safety gloves should give to the users.

The firm boasts of a highly trained and experienced hand safety experts and approved distributors across America, Europe, Russia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. Of all the suppliers, the oil and gas safety supplies remain on the forefront towards providing high-quality gloves for the oil and gas workers. For about 20 years, the firm continues to give better cushion aimed at helping prevent at least 30-40% of all accidents arising from the weak grip. Regardless of the industry, you will always get a product that keeps your staff’s hands safe from injury.

Other than manufacturing, the enterprise recognizes the great role it has on educating clients on the essence of getting the right gloves for specific applications. The firm creates awareness on the products specifications required to protect workers at different environment while expounding on the glove performance ratings for cut, tear, abrasion resistance and puncture. As if not enough, it champions general safety tips by correlating industry trends with the national average.

Every year, about 75% of all industrial accidents that cause disability affect the hands. While some are inevitable, some arise from wearing the wrong type of gloves or using none while handling risky tasks. It starts with reducing exposures to avoidable risks by eradicating hands on tasks where possible through engineering tasks. Understanding the needs of the crew and the industry requirements helps in acquiring gloves that give comfort, protection, and performance. In case you need adequate hand protection for your workers, consider the following:

Ringer’s Roughneck Kevloc Metacarpal glove

Human hands contain the highest number of nerve endings than any other part of the body. When subjected to injury, fingers injury are more painful than other body parts and hence the need to keep them safe from chemicals, vibration, burns, bruises, heat, punctures, colds, breaks, and amputations among others. The Ringer’s Roughneck Kevloc Metacarpal glove is the ultimate solution for those working in the oil and gas companies.

Enhanced with Ringer’s technology, the gloves come with Kevloc grip features on the palms and fingers to enhance grip. The CE rated 43434 level 3 puncture and cut resistance features offers protection against sharp projects and faulty machinery. The high visibility colors lower the risk of crush by moving machines and other crew when working in the dark places. The tpr impact protection on the upper side and the length of the fingers protect the fingers from heat and cold. The extra neoprene wrist closure comes with super cuff technology that holds it in position.

Ringer’s roughneck FR glove

Different workstations come with varying level of risk of incidents. In areas with low risk of injuries requires less protection than those identified as high-risk areas. Ringer’s roughneck FR glove offers ample protection against fire burns and injuries. The black carbon fabric keeps the hands warm during winter with the palm pittards fire block enhancing the grip. They are also lightweight to provide warmth without causing discomfort to the user. The elastic cuff helps keep the gloves in position preventing possible exposure to cutting objects.

Ringer’s waterproof Metacarpal glove

When it comes to working on offshore rigs, water splashes are a common occurrence in the workstations. In a bid to keep your staff safe and comfortable, waterproof PPE comes in handy towards keeping hands dry. The Ringer’s waterproof Metacarpal glove features a waterproof barrier that prevents contact with water. With a cut resistance rating of level 2, your hands remain safe from pricking objects and cutting edges. The highly visible color-codes helps others view the users at a distance hence prevent possible collisions and knocks.

In an industry where oil leaks are inherent on the pipelines, it is hard to rule out the possibility of slips emanating from weak grips. Slips are known to cause dangerous falls, falling objects and caught in. The insuloc grip features on the palms increase resistance against slippery oils and hydrocarbons. A padded palm improves its holding capacity while the super cuff design lowers the need for varying sizes.

Ringer’s Waterproof metacarpal glove

Other than working in confined spaces, oil and gas exploration exposes staff to extreme temperatures, wet conditions, and tight areas. Training your workers on safety procedures helps your team keep safe while providing them with the right PPE protects them from the unexpected. Both remain integral towards achieving a safe working environment for the crew. As much as you need to reach safety, comfort plays a significant role in improving productivity.

The Ringer’s Waterproof metacarpal glove gives a rare balance between safety and comfort. The insulation cover helps prevent freezing when working in deep rigs where temperatures go below -20 degrees. The tpr impact shield covering the fingers and the upper part of the gear give additional protection with the cut resistance material fortifying the hands. The insuloc grip system prevents possible slides with waterproof features keeping you dry.

Ringer’s roughneck vented Kevlock Metacarpal glove

While there’s need to keep your hands warm, a rise in temperature is likely to cause sweating and discomfort to the glove wearer.  The Ringer’s roughneck vented Kevlock Metacarpal glove keeps you warm during cold weather and cool during summer. The double Kevlar stitched palm, and the Kevloc grip system keeps your hands in good position while enhancing durability. The neoprene wrist closure holds the gloves in place with the high visibility colors preventing possible incidents.

In a bid to avoid possible fractures, it features the tpr impact prevention for the fingers and the top of the palm. The vented mesh material on the upper part enhances air circulation, which prevents overheating during hot temperatures. The CE rated 4343; level 3 puncture and cut resistance gives your hands ample cover against sharp tools and moving edges.

Ringer’s roughneck knit cut 5 sandy nitrile dip glove

While most players are keen to prevent skin cuts and fractures at the workplace, the risk of fire demands sufficient protection against burns. However, the need to protect against fire should not demean the need to enhance grip on the slippery surfaces. Ringer’s roughneck knit cut 5 sandy nitrile dip glove is a one-stop solution for job site incidents occurring in the oil and gas sector. The gloves feature a soft nitrile foam dip, breathable knit shell, superiors grip and excellent dexterity for varying working environments.

July 19, 2016

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Pelican

Pelican

The oil and gas industry is one that serves a significant part of the global economy as a source of energy and employment. While the sector ranks high among the best employers, the working environment and the nature of product increases the risk of incidents. In fact, the industry leads in the number of workplace incidents that seems to have attracted scrutiny from regulatory bodies. As oil and gas exploration activities increase, oil companies are keen on establishing accident-free stations.

The need to improve safety in the oil and gas industry saw a myriad of suppliers coming to fill the safety niche. While some date back to more than a century ago, Pelican boasts of 40 years of producing high-quality protective gear and portable lighting systems. The company’s products find high preference among professionals working in the most challenging environments such as firefighting, aerospace, military, manufacturing, entertainment and life sciences.

In 1976, Dave Parker and his spouse formed Pelican that operated from their garage in Torrance California. Being a seasoned scuba diver from the age of 11, Dave saw the need for developing high-performance flashlights and firm waterproof cases. He was determined to give a product that would last longer and give higher performance than any other offers in the market. After weeks of hard work and days of trails, Pelican secured a patent for the first products, the Pelican Float. Two products SabreLite Flashlight and the protector cases followed.

With high-performance brands, the firm faced increasing demand for the products, which contributed to growth. In 2004, an Equity company Behrman Capital acquired Pelican and appointed Lyndon Faulkner as the new CEO in 2006. The manager came with a wealth of experience having worked at Microsoft Corporation, hence spurred the new entity to great heights. Having succeeded in the first merger, the firm embarked on an offensive growth strategy that saw it expands to other continents through acquisitions. Several sales offices sprung across the globe with manufacturing facilities established in regional headquarters.

The largest acquisition occurred in 2008 when Pelican purchased the closest competitor Hardigg industries. The addition almost doubled pelican’s operations making it the largest in the market. By 2011, the company continued the expansion mission and set up sales centers in Israel, South Korea, Mexico, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. The moved served to increase market coverage for the already in-demand products.

Having made several acquisitions and market expansions, the firm embarked on product diversification to achieve growth. In 2012, a broad range of consumer goods was launched with similar features of quality and resilience. The new products featured LED lighting tools, Pelican Elite Coolers, portable device covers for leading phone brands, Pelican Backpacks for the outdoor adventure seekers. As if not enough, the year 2014 saw the introduction of the Pelican Voyager cases for IPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, and S6 edge.

In further diversification, Pelican launched a line of products that featured temperature controlled travel cases. The company bought the industry leaders for the temperature controlled shipping units Cool Logistics and Minnesota Thermal Science. The entity integrated both firms to form Pelican Bio thermal; the largest temperature controlled shipping case maker in the world. Recently, the company created three independent divisions to serve the separate markets. The segments include commercial, Bio Thermal and Consumer.

As the oil wells get deep, workers have to bear with confined working spaces, slippery surfaces, cold temperatures and blurred vision in the dark stations. Electricity connections come in handy towards improving the lighting but are not sufficient to view the hidden areas. For this reason, portable lighting gadgets remain the ultimate solution to the rigging crew as they lower the risk of falls while improving efficiency. It is the entry to the flashlights and headlamp product line that saw the oil and gas safety supply stock Pelican’s products. Some of the products include:

Focus control headlamp

When it comes to working in the oilrigs and refineries, work at height is a common duty for the technicians. Projects range from electrical installations, pipeline connections and maintenance that might occur at any time. Some may happen at night or in poorly lit corners making hard to access without the Focus control headlamp. If you are working on a suspension, the gadgets make it possible to view the blurred areas without slowing you down.

Whenever you do not need the lights on, the motion sensor makes it possible to switch off the light by waving the hand. You can still use the system with your hard hats as it fits on the PPE. The lightweight gadget comes with an adjustable strap that lowers the need for custom-made devices for the crew.  Users can adjust the beam to suit the workstation, with the large push button allowing them to operate with the gloves. The hardhat clips keep it in one position with the water resistant features making it suitable for offshore rigging.

Pelican VB3 Led Clip Light

Despite the growing need for safe working stations, not all tasks require hard hats. For instance, management tasks and office tasks do not expose the crew to dangerous situations. In such areas, you people are likely to use casual caps to cushion against the cold. Others might not use caps but have to meet the set PPE requirements for the industry.

Any task that requires higher visibility needs a super bright lighting device like the Pelican VB3 Led Clip Light. The gadget features a dual LED beam that makes it easy to view tiny parts located at different angles. With thirty hours of run time, it lasts long enough for the crew to complete the shift without interruptions. The pivot heads ability to revolve about 180 degrees makes it easy to clip at different parts of the PPE.

Pelican Mitylite 1965 LED flashlight

With heavy machinery and pipeline connections involved, it is hard to wish away the possibility of oil leakages. In fact, oil and gas leaks remain the primary cause of slips, falls and fire explosions in the workplaces. While you could view the leaking substance, identifying the points can be difficult in poorly lit factories and pipelines. Pelican Mitylite 1965 LED flashlight makes it easy for technicians to see the cracks and hence facilitate timely repairs and maintenance.

The safety approved lighting system comes with a built-in pocket clip that lowers the need to hold when doing the tasks. A reliable rotary switch eliminates the possibility of self-switch-off that would interrupt the crew. With 21 lumen of LED beam and 4 hours of run time, you are rest assured of seamless view of the parts involved.

Pelican 3315 Flashlight

Regardless of the area of exploration, the level of darkness in the rigs demands high-performance lighting systems. The standard lighting system facilitates joint activities with some operations Pelican designed the Pelican 3315 Flashlight with 113 lumens of super bright LED beam. The safety approved lighting gadget stands comes with three AA batteries, with the compact design allowing easy fit on the helmets.  You may opt for an independent lighting system or the optional helmet might that comes as an individual product.

Pelican 2690 Headlamp

While most users are looking for high-quality flashlights, most fail to realize the need for varying light intensities for the tasks. However, Pelican provides flashlights with varying lighting capacity and different runtime. The Pelican 2690 Headlamp is a great addition for the oil and gas sector as it gives 11 hours of run time and 74 lumens of light. It is not only lightweight but also chemical and impact resistant enhancing its durability. It comes with a heavy-duty rubber strap that holds it on the hard hat.

July 13, 2016

Posted in MSA, PPE, safety, safety awareness


MSA the Safety Company and the Brands

MSA Oil Rig

 

MSA the Safety Company and the Brands

Over the years, MSA has developed thousands of products and secured hundreds of patents to the brands. With operations dating more than 100 years ago, the firm boasts of a widespread coverage that serves millions of clients. Behind the success of the Firm is a rich history that saw the company change operations to suit different times. Every decade came with challenges that triggered great milestones to enhance growth.

The company is a creation of an incident that happened in 1912, in West Virginia where more than 80 mineworkers lost their lives. The explosion triggered the ignition of methane gas that led property destruction. The tragic incident motivated a mining engineer, John T. Ryan Sr to dedicate his time in initiatives that could avert future fatal incidents in the workplaces. After recruiting a workmate, George H. Dieke, they founded MSA in the year 1914.

Understanding the significant role of safe mining tools, they sought ideas from the leading inventors such as Thomas Edison. The brilliant inventor spurred their vision through the creation of an electric lamp that prevented explosions by 75% for over 25 years. Other than being the first to get the US Bureau of Mines approval, Edison Flameless electric miner’s Lamp got a huge boost when Carlisle Mine ordered 500 lamps. According to Edison, it was his biggest humanitarian achievement that changed the working conditions of thousands of workers.

The key turning point was in 1917 when the US declared war on Germany, Hungary, and Austria. The war provided a ready market for MSA’s breathing equipment that was used by miners using the enemy lines to set up explosives. The company responded to the Army’s requirements while Edison supplied factory materials and skilled workforces to construct Gibbs breathing equipment in three months. After the First World War, the business established its first mainstream company in Pittsburgh that manufactured gas masks, first aid kits, and hardhats.

The second decade saw the safety company introduce a customized Rock dust distributor that minimized explosive coal dust in the air. In 1927, the Hopcalite-based monitors helped control ventilation fans every time CO levels got too high in the Holland Tunnel. The great economic depression was the real test of stability for most businesses. While most companies resulted in layoffs and closures, MSA almost tripled its workforce from 248 to a whopping 722, reporting zero layoffs.

A new era came in 1930’s when the company set up the first international branch in Canada. Jack Lewis designed the Skull guard using the plastic-Bakelite- with the capacity to withstand high temperatures of up to 350 F. it was an ideal addition to industrial workers in the welding industry and the oil and gas sector where the risk of explosions was high. Also, the business received the BoM approval for the dust respirator and introduced the MSA top Gard firefighter’s Helmet that formed the platform for other lightweight, big hats.

During the Second World War, the firm secured 132 major projects with the US military, which led to growth that tripled the workforce. One of the projects at Oak Ridge resulted in the creation of the first nuclear weapon. As the war gained momentum, MSA increased the scale of operations that led to the production of about 300 products and the first chemical oxygen breathing equipment. The breathing apparatus helped save aircraft carriers after the attacks. The same period saw the group extend its operations to South Africa and Britain to serve the African and European markets respectively.

With several incidents of electrical shock reported in workplaces, MSA launched the shock Gard hat to protect workers from a shock of up to 10,000 volts. The single-lens face piece replaced the popular twins-lens breathing equipment and gas masks. In 1960’s, the company produced gas masks for the US Army in Vietnam, and designed the filter system for the Apollo moon spacecraft. Also, the first polycarbonate Helmets, Topgard, and V-Gard, came to be the most durable and difficult to break. Currently, the two remains part of the best-selling helmets for the firm.

With increased operations in the oil and gas subsector, the IDLH mask was launched and used in firefighting. In a bid to enhance efficiency in firefighting, MSA developed the fiberglass-wrapped SCBA cylinders for the firefighters. The firm introduced the custom 4500-air mask, the ultra-lite air mask, and the Composite II air cylinder, which lowered the bulk of the overall weight for the fighters. In 1986, the crew designed the MCU-2/P military gas mask that featured comfortable face seal and flexible urethane lens.

Initially, respirators were made to give protection against specific hazards, prompting the need for different types of gadgets in areas with more than one hazard. MSA’s super Cartridge became the game changer as it protected users from 10 particular gasses and vapors, allowing free movement from one station to another. Recently, the V-Gard Accessory system saw numerous improvements that included visors, frames, retractable chin guards and winter liners among others. Some of MSA’s brands available at the oil and gas safety supplies include:

MSA Altair 4X Gas Monitor

The presence of dangerous gasses and vapors in the oil sector demands dependable detecting gadgets. The MSA Altair 4X Gas monitor is a multi-gas detector used to test for Carbon monoxide, oxygen, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. The device features an economical design that saves more than half on calibration gas and maintenance. The high contrast screen and the large buttons make it suitable for use in dim light while the rubber cover offers better grip for greater durability.

The highly automated gadget features the different end of sensor alerts to notify users when they cease working. The motion signal features tell others when a staff becomes motionless hence fastening the evacuation. With an instant warning system, it is possible to tell others of a dangerous situation to prevent casualties. With a 4-year sensor lifespan, it surpasses the industry standards making it suitable for use in firefighting and welding.

MSA V-Gard Face shield frame

With eye injuries and falling objects forming the bulk of job site injuries, the MSA V-Gard Face shield frame comes in handy towards guiding debris away from the frame. The PPE meets ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-201 requirements and is only compatible with MSA V-Gard face shield visor. Users can still wear the V-Gard with other PPE such as earmuffs and respirators.

MSA Skull Gard Hard Hat- Full Brim

Based on the nature of the products, employees are prone to falls and slips especially in areas with oil leakages. Faulty equipment is common causes of falling objects that pose hazards to people working in the sector. As the industry moves towards zero tolerance to incidents in the workplaces, hard hats become a vital shield to protect the workers from falling objects, chemical substances, heat, and traps. The hat comes with a fiberglass material capable of withstanding the excess heat of up to 350 degrees F. The ratchet suspension mechanism and the lightweight material make it suitable for use across industries.

MSA Standard Harness

Like other sectors, work at height remains a common hazard among the oil and gas companies. OSHA provides the requirements for projects where tasks require raised platforms to prevent falls and slips. Other than the structural requirements, MSA standard harness helps in holding the crew at the workstation preventing falls when lapses occur. They are a great addition to both offshore and onshore rigs where workers need to climb down the slippery wells. The Harness features a yellow polyester webbing and color contrasting straps for better visibility in the dark sites. The ANSI compliant PPE offers a weight capacity of about 400lbs that includes the weight of the staff, clothing, and the working tools.

July 13, 2016

Posted in Ariat, PPE, safety, safety awareness


A look at the History of Ariat’s Products

Ariat

A look at the History of Ariat’s Products

It is common to judge a company by the present status and hence forego the struggles involved in setting up a successful enterprise. In every industry, it takes time for a company to tailor its brands to secure sufficient market share. It is no wonder most of the world leading companies have been in businesses for several decades, with some counting centuries in operations. While that is easier to mention, most have fallen several times while some had to endure losses to achieve stability. Nevertheless, resilience brings growth and expansion as most enterprises have grown a hundred folds.

The History of Ariat

In general, industry, the drive towards achieving a safe working environment is overwhelming. From racing to oil and gas operations, the need to equip the participants with PPE led to inventions that gave a better cushion against accidents. On the other hand, numerous companies sprung up to serve the emerging demand to produce high-quality FR clothing, safety glasses, Gloves, Headgear and gas monitors among others. While some companies began operations more than a century ago, Ariat boasts of close to three decades in producing these garments.

Established by Beth Cross and Pam Parker in 1993, Ariat came to bridge the gap for the riders who lacked adequate PPE for their sports. The company is predominantly known for the riding boots, which makes it the largest supplier of English, and Western Performance Boots brand in America. By 1995, the company had revolutionized the riding boots by introducing athletic shoe technology to the boots category. In addition, it managed to make prototypes of high-quality boots with increased safety features and tested with riders across the nation.

The first five years saw the introduction of the first two riding boots for women that featured advanced technology competitor and Performer. The Advanced Torque Stability technology improved the brand appeal as the comfort leader in the equestrian boots. Towards the end of the first decade, Ariat launched Excel cushioning technology designed to improve the support for the athletes. In addition, the period saw the business expand its coverage into the European and Australian markets, thanks to the Ariat Cascade brand.

From 2001 to 2005, the enterprise launched the Cobalt Technology that gave a new level of cushioning, increased stability and support. The V3 and the CFS technology came a long way towards improving the fit and feel of the footwear. In matters sponsorships, the company is known for sponsoring Professional Bull Riders, the World Equestrian Games in Lexington and Kentucky.

The entry into performance woven tops and shirts announced the company’s entry into the FR clothing scene. Soon after the introduction of the Cobalt XR and Cobalt Quantum technologies, the firm started, Ariat Denim that defined became a household name in the oil and gas sector. The company’s operations coincided with increased oil exploration activities that in turn, raised the demand for Flame resistant clothing. Today, Ariat stands tall in the production and supply of FR clothing brands such as:

Ariat FR Button-down Shirt

If you have worked in the oil and gas industry, you probably understand the nature of the products and the potential risk that each carry. The highly combustible elements require adequate installations to reduce the possibility of a fire outbreak. Nonetheless, you cannot leave your workers to deal with possible outbreaks without an adequate cushion. Ariat FR button down shirt comes in handy towards preventing the impact of explosions.

The lightweight flame-resistant shirt works best in areas with relative warmth, or during warm seasons. The button down from makes it easy to put on and off at the rigs, with the soft FR twills giving comfort to the wearer. Available in varying shades, you may opt for the fashionable shirt in almost all areas of the oil and gas sector. Consider embroidering the shirt with the company logo or customize it to suit specific needs.

Ariat FR Crew Long Sleeve Shirt

Working in the oil sector can be tiresome owing to the kind of tasks involves limited working spaces and extreme weather conditions. With most crew working for long hours and shifts in the oilrigs, excess heat can be a perfect recipe for lower productivity and incidents. In such instances, lightweight PPE remains the ultimate solution to workers safety and comfort. With Ariat FR crew long sleeved Shirt; you can rest assured of protection against flames without affecting the comfort of the crew.

The shirt comes with the Raglan aesthetic style sleeves that enhance natural motion, with additional features to pull moisture outside. The crew neck shirt comes with a stunning design enhanced by contrasting stitch colors. You probably need a garment that helps manage sweat when working in warm temperatures.

Ariat FR Plaid Work Shirt

Initially, the PPE used in the oil and gas industry paid little focus to the aesthetic value of the garments. With numerous suppliers in the modern market, the trend seems to have changed significantly, as the firms seek to modify the image. Ariat FR Plaid Work Shirt is a true definition of modern style that makes it suitable for field and office work. The flame resistant clothing offers excellent protection against flash fires thanks to self-extinguishing features that lowers burn injuries.

The dark shades reduce the stain visibility while the lightweight fabric gives comfort at the workplace. Users can match the shirts with pants of their choice depending on specific requirements of the workstation. With the considerable level of bending expected at the oil and gas workstations, the shirt is made to stay tucked in while offering higher flexibility for the arm mobility.

Ariat M4 Low Rise FR jeans

When it comes to PPE, Ariat comes first in providing high-quality Footwear, FR shirts, and pants for oil workers. The jeans cover the top of most steel toe and metatarsal footwear giving full protection against piercing and chemical materials. You can also tuck the, inside the boots when working in wet conditions and snowy areas. Other than use in the oil and pipeline stations, you can move from the workplace to a restaurant or perhaps wear it on a weekend.

Ariat M4 Low Rise FR jeans come with a boot cut leg opening with lightweight fabric enhancing tacking and sanding. The extra deep front pockets help in holding small working tools and personal valuable while at work. The heavy duty Zippers, the cotton denim fabric makes, and the stitches improve the durability of the pants.

Ariat FR Polartec ¼ Zip Fleece Sweatshirt

For the oil and gas workers, extreme weather conditions seem everyday occurrences in their workplaces. Drilling in the offshore rigs exposes the crew to cold temperatures that cause not only discomfort but also illnesses. Nevertheless, it is hard to wish away the possibility of weather fluctuations in the oil refineries and hence the need for PPE that provides comfort at varying temperatures. Ariat FR Polartec ¼ Zip Fleece Sweatshirt comes with water and wind resistance features making the suitable for offshore rigs and night shifts.

The water resistant finish keeps the hood dry when working in the rainy or snowy stations, with the front hand warmer keeping your hands warm during winter. The NFPA compliant garment features the Polartec Wind Pro technology that allows natural sweat management. Users need not apply special detergents or fabric softeners when cleaning the hood.

Ariat FR Polartec ¼ Zip Workshirt

To lower the costs of PPE, players in the oil and gas industry are keen on garments that one can use in varying conditions. With Ariat FR Polartec ¼ Zip Work shirt, they need not worry about the extreme cold and heat at the station. The lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable shirt keeps you cool on warm seasons and warm during cold seasons. The inseam design facilitates flexible arm movements without untucking the shirt.

July 05, 2016

Posted in Carhartt


A Look at the History of Carhartt Products

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The end of the 19th century saw an increase in the infrastructural developments, manufacturing and constructions in the US. The rise in these activities and the risks associated with the operations triggered the need for creating safe working environment for the workers. Informed by the workers’ needs, Hamilton Carhartt started the Hamilton Carhartt & company, which failed to thrive in the first instance. He consulted with the railroad construction and maintenance teams on the employee requirements and back to the drawing board. It saw the design and production of the Carhartt union-made overall; that saw quick acceptance among the railway workers.

In 1889, the company started with two sewing machines and five employees and later grew to establish branches in South Carolina, Georgia, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Walkerville, Vancouver, Toronto, and Liverpool among others. The company expressed interest in the automotive and established a line in 1911. Despite the enthusiasm, the line fell after two years of operations with the firm shifting its focus on the clothing line. During the First World War, the company gave the US government the facilities to produce military uniforms and denim for the navy and women joining the Second World War.

The economic depression of 1929 threatened the operations of the firm, which almost went down to its knees. The B01 Duck Double-front Dungaree of 1932 came to the rescue of the enterprise with the Carhartt chore coat becoming the legendary brand. After the demise of the founder, his son, Wylie to the helm of management and set up new sewing stores in Kentucky, which retains four sewing lines in both Tennessee and Kentucky. In addition, he played a vital role in the establishment of super fab and super dux hunting lines. 

In 1959, Wyllie passed the button to Robert Valade, his son in law, which changed the face of the outfit. By 1972, the company had invested into a modern production line that improved output and hence revenue for further expansion. In 1976, the firm introduced the hard finish Duck Active Jac hoodie that remains a top selling brand of the recent times. In late 70’s and 80’s the brands gained preference among users outside the blue-collar jobs such as musicians and actors. It triggered the establishment of the Carhartt work in progress branch to serve the demand coming from Asia and Europe.

With a superior brand for the oil and gas industry, the company offers a broad range of FR garments that meets industry requirements. Increased operations to serve the growing oil and gas sector came in the 70s when the brand manifested the ability to survive in the most rugged corners or the globe, at the Alaska pipeline. Since inception, the FR brands have gained widespread preference among the users prompting the establishment of the internet technologies and European operations. With over 2300 workers, the firm remains the favorite manufacturer of FR clothing, women’s garments, Storm defender and rain defender among others.

The nature of products involved in oil drilling and refinery increases the risk of fire outbreaks. Spillages and high pressure are common causes of fire outbreaks whenever they meet ignition. The need to keep workers safe in such environment is imperative in maintaining a highly motivated crew, lowering the cost of operations. Some of the flame resistant brands for oil and gas workers include:

Carhartt FR carpenter jeans   

The Carhartt FR carpenter jeans feature a fire resistant fabric and durable triple stitched seams that give protection and durability in one pack. The presence of multiple utility pockets is a great addition for holding small tools when working in confined spaces, deep rigs, and elevated platforms. Consider using these garments after your daily chores where the environment demands FR resistant clothing. They are most suitable for those working in offshore rigs where they need FR clothing for their entire stay. You need not apply fabric softeners as they can coat the FR component.

Carhartt FR Canvas Shirt Jacket

A canvas shirt jacket is a great addition to the oil and gas companies. Carhartt FR Canvas Shirt Jacket offers protection during winter and spring thanks to the thick and FR resistant fabric. Often, it is best suited for supervisors, site engineers, health and safety executives and management. It comes with antique metal snaps that make it easy to put on and off and perhaps respond fast to emergencies. Unlike the conventional brands, the shirt features a breathable twill lining that gives warmth without increasing the weight of the clothing.

Carhartt FR Hoodie hooded sweatshirt

Working in the deep offshore rigs subjects workers to the cold environment that can cause illnesses. On the other hand, warm clothing is likely to increase the sweat rate of the rig workers causing discomfort. It calls for a balance between cold prevention and sweat absorption to keep the staff comfortable at work. Carhartt FR Hoodie hooded sweatshirt is the ultimate solution for deep oilrigs and winter seasons often characterized by freezing temperatures.

The heavyweight sweatshirt features a rain lasting water repellent finish, FR fabric, and hand warmer pockets. The ability to fight odors makes it suitable for offshore rigging where staffs take one or two weeks before getting out of the rigs. As with most FR clothing, it does not require special detergents and fabric softeners to remove dirt.

Carhartt FR lightweight button down shirt

Made and tested by Carhartt, Carhartt FR lightweight button down shirt remains the bestselling in the oil and gas industry. The lightweight fabric promotes aeration and hence comfort when working in areas with high temperatures. The best part is that you can include a company logo, or perhaps choose from different colors available. With about 88% cotton and 12% nylon, you are rest assured of soft, comfortable wear that stands the test to time.

Carhartt Billings safety glasses

Eye injuries take a huge portion of all injuries that occur in the oil and gas companies. With frequent exposure to chemicals, sharp objects, fumes, dust and smoke, Carhartt Billings safety glasses gives assures protection and comfort for the users. The lightweight and frameless style and wraparound coverage provide superior protection that meets ANSI Z87.1 standards. The scratch resistant polycarbonate lens gives 99% UV rays protection.

Carhartt Carbondale Safety Glasses

Exposure to sunlight and excessive light causes injuries to the eyes. With the rising costs of injury treatment and indemnity, companies cannot sit pretty without ample shield against severe effects of sunlight. Carhartt Carbondale Safety Glasses come with flexible rubber nosepiece, dual-injected straight back temples with the scratch resistant polycarbonate complementing the blend. It comes in varying colors and variations based on specific needs of the users by ANSI Z87.1 ratings. You can select from

Carhartt Non-FR Camo Fleece Hat

While most hoodies might give ample coverage against cold temperatures and heat, they may not be suitable for some stations. Not all plants pose the risk of fire outbreaks and hence the need to match the garments with their use. Carhartt Non-FR Camo Fleece Hat complements other PPE in areas where the risk of fire is minimum or Zero. The clothing finds higher usage in areas with cold weather due to the 100% polyester fleece. The brand comes in two patterns with a leatherette label mounted on the front.

Carhartt Non-FR faces mask

A facemask is a great investment as people face the cold winter. Numerous brands have sprung up to meet the rising need for those working in frigid conditions. Carhartt Non-FR facemask comes with a Thinsulate for warmth, 100 % acrylic stretchable rib-knit material and long necks to shield off the body from cold weather. 

July 05, 2016

Posted in Wrangler


A Look at the History of Wrangler Products

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Every business has a history and a story of the path that led to success. Oil and gas safety supplies pride in high-quality PPE that gives adequate protection against workplace incidents, without digging deep into the pocket of the buyers. Behind the company is a bunch of suppliers and manufacturers whose brands have stood the test of time in the oil and gas sector and beyond. In fact, most of these companies have been in the product for over a century, giving the edge to provide quality that meets regulatory requirements. It explains the mystery behind the durable yet affordable PPE supplied by the stores.

The history of Wrangler

The company began in 1897 when C.C Hudson exited Spring Hill Farm in search for better fortunes in the growing textile industry. His destination was in Greensboro, NC, that attracted players in the textile industry. At first, he worked for an overall factory that paid him 25 cents every day on sewing buttons for the sewn overalls. After seven years, the enterprise closed business-forcing employees out of employment. He was part of the group that bought the sewing machines from the employer and began an overall company that operated from a loft.

By 1919, the company faced a rising demand that gave enough revenue to move to larger premises while changing its name to Blue Bell Overall Company. The increasing sales did not only attract workers to the firm but also other manufacturers that expressed the desire to own a stake in the business. After series of negotiations, Big Ben Manufacturing bought Blue Bell and retained its name and headquarters in Greensboro. Ten years after the merger, Blue Bell launched the Super Big Ben Overalls that featured 100% Sanforized fabric. The material was known to lower shrinkage to less than one percent and hence established a new target for the sector.

In 1943, Blue bell purchased Casey Jones Company with all the rights to its brand name-Wrangler. Four years after acquiring the work-clothing firm, Wrangler introduced authentic western jeans by tailor Rodeo to the Market. The brands gained endorsements from professional rodeo cowboys Jim shoulders, freckles Brown, and Linderman. The world champion Cowboy, Jim shoulders officially endorsed Wrangler in 1948 and went ahead to win 16 world championships. In 1962, the company embarked on an expansion spree where it opened the Europe brand in Belgium.

Having begun to use Sanforized 14oz.denim in the western jeans, they made history for being the first to get an official endorsement from Rodeo cowboy association. On the other hand, the firm extended the corporate social responsibility by sponsoring a professional driver, Dale Earnhardt and blue and yellow. The merger with VF Corporation made them one of the largest jeans producers in the world and earned them supply contracts for the casts of the Pure Country. It later launched the Twenty X jeans and moved into new premises situated In North Elm Street, Greensboro.

By the end of the twentieth century, the company had grown to become the market leader with a market share of about 25%.  With increasing concerns over workers safety in the manufacturing and construction sectors, it moved in to solve related safety risks. The year 2003 saw the business introduce new brands namely the Wrangler Progear and the Riggs Workwear, which found widespread acceptance in the US market. Lately, the firm is known the high-quality jeans that feature authentic innovations meant to increase resilience and comfort. Some of the PPE found in the oil and gas subsector include:

Wrangler FR Relax fit jean

Over the years, companies relied on overalls to provide safety to staffs working in hazardous sites. The need to match specific tasks with appropriate dress code saw a rise in varying types of PPE that apply in a different environment. Wrangler FR Relax fit jean came as a reprieve for those whose tasks did not pose direct contact with oil substances but still was at risk of incidents emanating from these compounds. The FR fit jeans come with a sturdy material designed to withstand any working environment in the oil and gas sector.

It is made to fit over the user’s boots and hence complete coverage during fire incidents, falls, and trips. The triple needle FR stitching on the edges works to strengthen the seams and hence enhance durability. The Riggs Workwear offers better features concerning seat comfort, knees, thighs, and legs opening. The extra deep pockets on the front and oversized back pockets give enough space to keep personal valuables such as wallets and phones while at work. The bright orange patch at the back offers high visibility when working in dark stations.

Wrangler FR Western Jean

Working in hot conditions requires lightweight garments that promote aeration and heat loss. The brand is made with the firm’s quality and detail to provide comfort and protection in a single pack. The lightweight FR material gives a smooth feeling when bending, boarding and alighting in a truck and lifting cargo. With a 100% cotton denim, you do not have to use special detergents or fabric softeners when washing the garments.

Wrangler FR Carpenter Pants

While working on the rigs seems engaging, you probably need to spend several hours of your day in meetings and site planning. In such moments, heavy clothing and overalls are not suitable and hence the need for Wrangler FR Carpenter Pants. The relaxed fit garment fits over steel toe working boots eliminating possible exposure to chemicals, sharp objects, and fire. Made from 100% FFR cotton, you are rest assured of sufficient protection against adverse effects of fire and hydrocarbon spillages. Working in hazardous environments requires pants that give support when you are bending, or climbing with tools in the pockets. 

Wrangler FR Women’s Western Jean

Traditionally, male technicians dominated the oil and gas industry with only a few women working in some of the business outfits. Nonetheless, the latter’s involvement in the sector has been on the rise attracting equal focus from the PPE manufacturers. Wrangler FR Women’s Western Jean features FR material that meets CAT2, ATPV 21, NFPA 70E and NFPA 2112 standards.

The pants come in varying sizes and shades based on the employee’s size and the factory’s theme. The five-pocket design offers space to keep private valuables and tools while the FR patch keeps you visible from other people and moving trucks and machinery. Unlike the previous models, it comes with a W sign on the back pockets to improve its appeal. Cleaning the PPE with fabric softeners forms a layer on the FR material that serves as fuel during fire outbreaks. Nonetheless, consider treating the pants with stains before cleaning.

Wranglers Women’s button down shirt

Based on previous surveys, the oil and gas companies contribute the highest number of worksite injuries. It is for this reason that the industry attracted stiff regulations to promote employees safety and eliminate workplace incidents. With many requirements set out in the safety acts, it might seem primitive to assume that the interventions are sufficient to assure permanent solution to employee safety. Continues assessments come in handy towards developing innovative safety gear for specific risks.

Wranglers Women’s button down shirt emerged come with Lightweight FR material that offers comfort and safety against fire explosions. Built to fit women’s bodies, users can choose from varying shades of bright colors that give a sense of style and fashion. It helps cool during warm temperatures and hence suitable for those working in the field and offices. You can match the shirt with respective pant brands and enjoy the durability that comes with Wrangler’s FR clothing.

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