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Ladders have visual safety cues

Werner has announced a visual safety system across the company’s climbing portfolio, including all extension ladders, LEANSAFE® ladders, PODIUM ladders and stepladders. The new design enhancements, which will be rolled out through 2024, provide on product safety cues that reportedly make it easier to choose a ladder, use a ladder correctly and communicate the importance of job-site safety. Four key user enhancements include standardized colors for clear duty ratings and larger duty rating labels for stepladders and extension ladders; high-visibility yellow on ladder caps, tops and feet for long-range and roofline visibility; universal iconographic product and safety labeling with QR codes that link to additional materials, including multilanguage video access; and enhanced ladder top designs for the 6200, 6300 and NXT fiberglass stepladder series, including carabiner tether points to reduce dropped objects, lock-in connection receivers for a range of accessories and various tool inserts.

Fall-protection carts are mobile

Leading Edge Safety has added mobile fall-protection carts, the Saber™ and the X-Caliber,™ to its Mobile Fall Protection product line, designed to improve worker safety and productivity. Both carts comply with the latest Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.

With a built-in axle for increased maneuverability, the Saber allows for two users on fall arrest, one user on fall restraint and one-user fall arrest on concrete. Other features include locking mechanisms to reduce false deployment and integrated fork pockets and lifting points.

With the ability to have one user on fall arrest, the X-Caliber’s compact design allows for transport in the back of a pickup truck and is said to fit through doorways, elevators and roof hatches. The counterweights can be removed to reduce weight while transporting the cart. The X-Caliber also features a locking mechanism to reduce false deployment.

Mounting system is versatile

AEROCOMPACT has introduced a rail-based mounting system, the COMPACTFLAT SN 2.

Ideal for large solar panels, the COMPACTFLAT SN 2 caters to all common module sizes, including large-format solar modules. The system also is said to complement AEROCOMPACT’s existing bracket-based low-slope roof system, the COMPACTFLAT S, and features long-side clamping for optimal loading capability on all low-slope roofs, using the same components for south- and east/west-facing configurations. Reportedly designed for quick installation and resilience against severe weather, COMPACTFLAT S comes with multiple options for mechanical attachment.

Roofing colors are reflective

Westlake Royal Roofing Solutions is offering two new Unified Steel Stone Coated Roofing colors, Harborwood and Stirling Gray, in PINE-CREST Shake and PACIFIC tile profiles.

Class A Fire- and Cool Roof Rating Council-rated, the colors provide a stone-coated steel roofing option, which is said to have high solar reflectivity and high thermal emittance when solar energy hits the roof surface. The colors also have a Solar Reflective Index greater than 20. Harborwood and Stirling Grey both exceed California Energy Code Title 24 Part 6 Cool Roof Requirements. Unified Steel Stone Coated Roofing also is lightweight at 1.5 pounds per square foot and can resist severe weather.

Tape measure has LED light

DEWALT® has made available the TOUGHSERIES™ Lighted Tape Measure and the 20V MAX XR® Brushless Cordless 3/16- and 1/4-inch Rivet Tools.

The TOUGHSERIES Lighted Tape Measure features an integrated LED light for improved visibility in low-light conditions. The light reportedly has a three-hour run time on a full charge, a 60-second auto-shutoff to conserve battery life and is rechargeable with a USB cable. The tape measure also features durable housing said to withstand drops up to 100 feet, a max reach of 17 feet, double-sided print and a durable blade with 6 inches of rip-shield coating at the hook to extend blade life.

Designed for fastening aluminum, steel and stainless-steel blind rivets, the 20V MAX XR Brushless Cordless Rivet Tools feature tool-free nose piece changes for ease of use in assembly, automotive, HVAC, prefabrication and roofing applications. The 3/16-inch rivet tool reportedly delivers up to 2,100 pound-force of pulling force with a 0.98-inch stroke length and can fasten up to 800 3/16-inch stainless-steel rivets per charge. The 1/4-inch rivet tool is said to deliver up to 4,500 pound-force of pulling force with a 1.18-inch stroke length and can fasten up to 300 1/4-inch stainless-steel rivets per charge.

Eye protection is corrective

Brass Knuckle® has introduced Brass Knuckle Read, bifocal eye protection for workers who need corrective lenses, available in five diopter strengths: 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3. The polycarbonate frame is said to provide side protection and all-day comfort, and the clear lenses are ANSI-rated, hard-coated polycarbonate with BK-Anti-FOG. Permanently bonded to the lens, BK-Anti-FOG reportedly lasts two minutes, will not wear or wash off, and retains its anti-scratch, anti-static and ultraviolet protection properties. The eyewear also meets the revised ANSI/SEA Z87.1-2015 standard, which recognizes protective readers that offer magnification for the wearer.


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