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Welding coat is machine-washable -

Welding coat is machine-washable

September 12, 2013

Torch Wear has introduced what it says is the first truly washable welding coat. The Torch Wear® Utility II welding coat weighs less than 2 lbs., provides a thermal performance value (ATPV) of 12 cal./cm2, and is machine-washable in cold water. The abrasion-resistant coat repels sparks,...

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Gateway Safety helmet wins Product of the Year Award -

Gateway Safety helmet wins Product of the Year Award

September 11, 2013

Gateway Safety Inc., Cleveland, has announced that its Serpent® safety helmet has been named the winner in the head protection category in Occupational Health & Safety magazine's fifth annual New Product of the Year contest. The 13-oz. helmet is available in Class C (vented) and Class E...

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Laser Institute of America releases new laser safety standard

September 11, 2013

The Laser Institute of America, Orlando, Fla., has unveiled the ANSI Z136.9 Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments standard. The latest in the line of laser safety guidelines stemming from the parent ANSI Z136.1, the standard provides guidance for the safe use of lasers and laser systems...

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Free-standing shields suitable for safeguarding, housekeeping

September 4, 2013

Danray Products LLC offers freestanding shields that can be used in many applications for safeguarding, as well as for housekeeping. Suitable for use with lathes and milling machines, the shields can be applied between machines, on the back side of machines, and along aisles. They also can be used...

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Scientific Dust Collectors names sales manager

September 3, 2013

Scientific Dust Collectors, Alsip, Ill., has appointed Andrew Rutherford as sales manager. The company designs and manufactures baghouse, cartridge, and cyclone-style dust collectors....

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Dept. of Labor census shows fatal work injuries are down

August 29, 2013

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011. Last year 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011. Based on...

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Safety laser scanner features wide-area coverage -

Safety laser scanner features wide-area coverage

August 28, 2013

Tapeswitch Corp. offers a compact, lightweight safety laser scanner with a wide-area detection zone at 190 degrees. It can be set to a maximum protection range of 6.5 ft. and maximum warning range of 32.8 ft., depending on the application. Status indicators, located on the front of the scanner,...

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OSHA withdraws proposed rule to amend On-site Consultation Program

August 22, 2013

OSHA, Washington, D.C., has announced its decision to withdraw a proposed rule to amend its regulations for the federally funded On-site Consultation Program. OSHA is withdrawing this rule based on stakeholder concerns that proposed changes, though relatively minor, would discourage employers from...

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Nucor Building Systems earns VPP certification

August 22, 2013

Nucor Building Systems (NBS) Texas facility, Terrell, Texas, has received Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status by the U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA. OSHA's VPP is a self-managed safety regulatory compliance program intended to identify corporate leaders in occupational safety and...

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Kimberly-Clark to help fund training for USA World Skills competitor in welding

August 22, 2013

The Kimberly-Clark Corp., Neenah, Wis., has donated $10,000 to support the American Welding Society's (AWS's) USA Training for International Welders Competition (World Skills). Following each biennial national welding skills competition, an individual is selected to represent the U.S. in the...

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Dust collector's cleaning system prevents redeposit of dust on filters

August 14, 2013

RoboVent has introduced the new Fusion 3 series of fume and dust collectors. The all-in-one collector is completely assembled and doesn't require any additional parts or equipment to be operational. With two connections — electrical and compressed air — the collector is designed for welding,...

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PK USA orders first North American Lincoln Electric Guardian fire safety system

August 13, 2013

PK USA Inc., a Shelbyville, Ind.-based supplier of parts for automotive companies worldwide, will be the first company in North America to install Lincoln Electric's Guardian™ fire safety system for its existing welding and fume extraction systems. The combination of oil or other flammable...

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Interlocks approved by TÜV SÜD -

Interlocks approved by TÜV SÜD

August 7, 2013

Fortress offers mGard safety interlocks, which have been approved by TÜV SÜD for use up to SIL3/PLe. The trapped key interlocks safeguard machinery and potentially dangerous areas by ensuring procedures are followed in the proper sequence. The interlocks' fail-safe design has...

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GMAW gloves designed for comfort -

GMAW gloves designed for comfort

August 5, 2013

Trick-Tools carries the Ringers welding gloves for GMAW. They feature the company’s U-comfort finger construction to help reduce fatigue and have reverse inside seams to help increase comfort. The fully lined interior offers thermal protection for welding jobs. The outside of the glove...

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Safety: The never-ending battle -

Safety: The never-ending battle

August 1, 2013


A fabricating shop floor can be a very dangerous place even when all types of safety precautions are taken. Fab shops that ignore safety are putting their employees--and ultimately the business--at great risk.

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