360° SuperFabric® Protection
While it can be difficult to predict where each and every safety hazard lurks on the job site, for electricians working in small areas, it is especially challenging to stay away from possible punctures and lacerations. Hazards may come in the form of frayed wire, cut wire, sharp tools, or uneven edges. HexArmor® created the Chrome Series® with two mechanic’s gloves with SuperFabric® brand material full-coverage, so technicians are protected from all angles. The highest level of cut and industrial puncture resistance secure employees’ hands from hazards while maintaining the flexibility and comfort necessary to complete even the most challenging tasks.
Employees in the utilities industry must perform very specialized skilled tasks quickly, efficiently, and safely. Common and competitive safety gloves often trade protection for dexterity, or dexterity for protection. Bulky, stiff, and sturdy gloves are available for purchase; so are thin and light gloves, with no protective qualities. HexArmor® builds the only gloves that provide Level 5 cut resistance while maintaining a flexible and comfortable environment for hands to work in. Our mechanic’s-style gloves, along with our knit/dipped 9000 Series™, retain the dexterity and feel of standard work gloves, but incorporate advanced technologies, such as SuperFabric® brand materials and IR-X® Impact Exoskeleton™, providing unsurpassed quality and unrivaled hand safety.
Industrial Puncture Resistance
Many hazards faced by technicians might not be straight edges. Exposed wile or cable ends that come to a point are very dangerous, and can oftentimes tear through leather, or worse, strike cleanly through a knit or cotton glove. HexArmor® created industrial safety gloves with SuperFabric® brand materials, so when a sharp object penetrates the glove’s exterior palm, our proprietary guardplate technology stops the hazard before it reaches the user’s hand. Most laceration injuries start with a puncture, so most cut-resistant knit fiber products cannot protect users to the same degree as SuperFabric® brand materials.
360˚ Cut 5 Protection Saves Utility Technician From Laceration Injury
While searching for a wire-cutting tool with safety features to reduce slice injuries, an Ohio-based power and lighting company was continually unable to find such a product to meet their needs. A local team leader suggested they view hand PPE as a tool; in this way they were able to begin finding a solution.
Purpose-Built Safety Solutions
An online search led the team leader to the HexArmor® site, where he was able to get in contact with a Solutions Specialist. An in-depth review of the company’s particular uses and applications led to a recommendation for the Chrome Series® Cut 5 360° 4025.
Many of the hazards faced by the field technicians originated from frequent cutting and handling of insulated copper wire. The cutting tools used for this application had a tendency to slip during use – often resulting in a laceration to the back of the technician’s hand. For this reason, the SuperFabric® brand material with Level 5 cut protection would need to encompass the entire hand – not just the palm. Additionally, the utility company had frequently experienced issues with steel wire rope, which would fray and create a danger for the technicians.
Superior Cut and Puncture Protection
Field testing of the Chrome Series® Cut 5 360° 4025 with SuperFabric® brand material held true to the HexArmor® standards of safety and quality. While repairing a transformer, the technician wearing the gloves caught the sharp end of a #2 copper wire in between the thumb and index finger on his right hand. The exterior fabric was torn immediately, but the copper wire was stopped by the full-hand layer of SuperFabric® material, saving the technician from what would have been a severe laceration.
Upon review of the glove, the technician stated that the Chrome Series® Cut 5 360° 4025 “enhanced [his] ability to complete a specific task,” “holds up well,” and that he, “strongly agreed that the glove was superior to similar available products.”
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