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  • GSS 8511 Onyx Series 3-in-1 Ripstop Bomber Jacket

    gss onyx series 3-in-1 bomber jacketWinter brings the need for serious warmth in the workplace for anyone working outdoors. The problem is that nobody wants to spend a small fortune to be comfortable and safe. Thankfully, the folks at GSS Safety offer some great options for winter safety gear, including the GSS 8511 Onyx Series 3-in-1 Ripstop Bomber Jacket.
     
    Designed to provide advanced flexibility in varying weather conditions, the GSS 8511 Bomber Jacket is designed with a removable, poly-filled quilted inner lining that can be worn with the jacket, worn separately, or removed during slightly warmer temperatures. The removable liner features cargo pockets in the front for simple storage - something most removable liners don't feature.
     
    Made from polyurethane-coated 300-denier ripstop polyester, this jacket is rugged enough for the toughest work environments. It resists tears, punctures and abrasion, providing better protection and a longer lifespan which means you'll spend less money on replacements. The outer shell is treated with Teflon Shield as well as fabric protection to repel oil and water while preventing stains, and the jacket itself features sealed seams to prevent water penetration during wet, snowy or rainy weather. The 8511 Bomber Jacket is equipped with a storm flap to protect the zipper and prevent unwanted wind and water from entering, giving you the optimal comfort throughout the day. The jacket also has plenty of storage space for tools and personal items, including zippered cargo pockets on the chest, and lower front slash pockets.
     
    While the GSS 8511 Onyx Series Bomber Jacket does a great job of keeping you warm and comfortable, it's also designed to keep you safe. As an ANSI Class 3 compliant jacket, it features plenty of high visibility striping for enhanced protection, especially in low-visibility and low-light working conditions. The reflective striping is segmented, which lends more contrast and flexibility. The segmented design also prevents abnormal shrinking from washing - unlike solid reflective striping which can distort after a wash and dry cycle. Additional reflective trim on the collar, hood and sleeves further enhances visibility for the utmost safety.
     
    The 8511 Bomber Jacket is priced to sell at just $86.99 from HiVis Supply. Get yours today and enjoy a winter of comfort, confidence and safety.
     

  • Anti-Slip Ice Traction Devices for Winter Workplace Safety

    anti-slip oce traction devicesWinter is cold, frigid, freezing, and unforgiving. The temperatures are practically unbearable without the proper gear and working outdoors during the winter poses a definite increase in hazards and the risk of injury. Regardless of how safe you are or how warm you dress, accidents can happen, and one of the biggest threats out there is the workplace terrain.
     
    The combination of snow, freezing rain and brutal winds can create less-than-desirable job sites where materials and surfaces can become dangerous and even lethal. Snow cover (especially drifting snow) increases the risks of slips and falls, but it also hides potentially dangerous obstacles such as holes, ditches, pipes, cables, rebar and various other materials. One of the best precautions you can take to battle the unforgiving winter weather and reduce your chances of injury is to make sure you have quality footwear that offers sufficient traction.
     

    Ice Traction Devices for Everyday Use

    Ice traction devices such as those from Trex offer impeccable traction, helping to keep you on your feet and in control at all times. Whether you're crossing an icy parking lot, working on a scaffolding or scaling a steel staircase, you're going to have optimal traction. These devices make it easier to move, carry tools or materials, and focus on your job than just using work boots alone. Even without snow, freezing ground or exposed surfaces can become slick with even the slightest presence of moisture. It's always better to be safe rather than sorry!
     

    Types of Ice Traction Devices

    There are various types and styles of anti-slip ice traction products available on the market. The two we'll focus on are the Trex Strap-on Heel Traction Device and the Trex Adjustable One-Piece Ice Traction Device. Both of these products are designed and manufactured by Ergodyne, a global leader in work safety gear. Made to be highly flexible and effective, both of these devices offer simple use. With a small size and their easy-to-use application and removal, you can store them in your truck or toolbox and quickly toss them on as needed.
     
    The Trex Strap-on Heel Traction device works by sliding directly over your work boot and tightening snugly. It delivers an extra bit of traction that's perfect for maintaining an anti-slip grip on intermediate slick surfaces. They're also safe for use while driving and operating heavy equipment. See more HERE...
     
    The Trex Adjustable One-Piece Ice Traction device is more effective in areas with extremely slick surfaces. These devices utilize 10 heat-treated carbon studs, similar to football cleats. They feature traction at both the toe and heel, connected by a rugged center spine connecting the two. They slip over your work boot and tighten to a secure fit. The extreme bite they provide delivers the ultimate in balance and stability during extreme winter climates, in even the most harsh work environments. See more HERE...
     

    Get Your Anti-Slip Ice Traction Devices Today

    If you're expecting to work outdoors this winter, these anti-slip ice traction devices are valuable tools for your workplace safety arsenal. They could easily save your neck or back from an untimely fate, and at worst, they'll make you more productive, secure and confident on the job.
     
    Don't forget that these aren't only for outdoor use - they work just as well in any situation where wet, snowy, icy and freezing condition occur. They're just as ideal for people who frequent a slick loading docks as they are for construction workers. Check out Trex Ice Traction Devices now, and stop worrying about slips and falls at work.
     

  • Hi-Vis Winter Workwear: Making Work Easier and Safer

    hi-vis winter workwearWhen the weather reaches uncomfortably low tempuratures in the workplace, the most important thing you can do is dress for it. Proper preparation means not only dressing as warm as possible, but dressing for your job to improve both safety, comfort and performance.
     
    Working outdoors during the winter season creates a variety of obstacles. You're faced with freezing temperatures, harsh winds, snow, and freezing rain. Materials, tools and surfaces become wet and icy, making them more difficult and hazardous to work with. Visibility is often drastically reduced, further complicating things and compunding the above-mentioned struggles.
    It's definitely not for the faint of heart.
     
    Fortunately, we can battle the winter climate with apparel that's been designed for working in it. Manufacturers have made serious progress over the years in an effort to provide the most effective garments for the job. This includes both hi-vis winter workwear and Non-ANSI apparel. While warmth is critical, it's equally important to focus on functionality - something that's often overloked. No two jobs are the same, and there's more to a safe and productive work day than just being warm.
     
    For people whose occupations require less physical activity and more exposure to the cold, warmth is key. The head, hands and feet often get neglected and are the first areas to become dangerously cold. High visibility headwear and high visibility gloves are designed for exactly this situation. With limited physical activity, it's important to choose a highly insulated garments such as Tough Duck, which are designed for the coldest weather out there. On the other hand, people whose jobs are strenuous or require heavy physical activity will find certain garments too warm. Their bodies heat will rise and these garments can cause too much sweating and inability to maintain a comfortable body temperature. In that circumstance, it's important to choose lightly insulated jackets, freezer vests, or multi-use jackets such as the Onyx Series 3-in-1 Ripstop Bomber Jacket from GSS. It's better to maintain a constant body temperature than to constantly remove and add layers as activity starts and stops - making it important to find a apparel that provides balance throughout the day.
     
    Warmth and safety do have a common ground, but comfort plays an equally important role. With garments that are too bulky, you will lose flexibility and range of motion. You also create more risk when it comes to snags on equipment or materials which can be life-threatening. The super-bulky artcic style jacket and bibs which might work wonderfully for a land surveyor could be a death sentence for someone working with rebar, or at extreme heights. Keep that in mind when looking for the correct high visibility bibs for your job. Try to find gear that will be comfortable but not retrictive to your job duties.
     
    Depending on your location, you might find that brutally cold temperatures don't occur, yet you still deal with snow and freezing rain. In these circumstances, visibility is more important than ever and this is especially true for those working in or around roadways. Even if your job requirements only call for ANSI Class 2 garments, it's in your best interests to choose something like this Viking ANSI 3 Ripstop Rain Jacket that can be work over your clothes while offering waterproof and ripstop protection from the elements.
     
    There's a lot to consider, but one thing is for sure - there's no shortage of hi-vis winter workwear. A safe week at work is a good week and a warm and safe week is even better. We spend a lot of time at our jobs, it's important for that time to be spent effectively. Improving comfort and performance while reducing the risk of accidents and hazards should be a top priority. Get the right gear and you'll be able to focus on your job, no matter what the climate is.
     

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