One of the largest steel producers in the world was experiencing a dangerous amount of laceration injuries per year. Sharp edges, corners, and burrs on flat-rolled product, scrap, metal bending, and threaded pipe were ripping through existing PPE. Safety professionals at the company tried a variety of PPE technologies to combat the high rate of lacerations. They were unable to find a solution to reduce injuries and lower costs associated with these hand and arm lacerations until HexArmor was brought in.
HexArmor® saves worker from injury
This steel producer trialed a variety of HexArmor® products in multiple production areas in an attempt to reduce their lacerations injuries and landed on using our AS019S arm guard and SteelLeather® 5033 glove.
Within just two weeks, our advanced PPE technology saved one worker from a serious injury.
"Two weeks into the trial, an employee who was in the pipe shop caught a burr on the threaded end of a pipe...it cut through the leather of the 5033 but was stopped by our advanced cut and puncture resistant technology inside. The worker was not injured. They had seen this scenario many times before and it usually resulted in a cut. It was then that this client realized that many of their lacerations actually began with a puncture." says Dave G., HexArmor VP of Global Accounts.
After seeing proof of the HexArmor® product's ability to save a worker from an injury, the company expanded the trial.
After 3 months, the steel producer had seen no injuries. After 12 months, still no injuries.
By the end of the year, the plant had implemented HexArmor® products in most departments, with the company's safety record reading:
- 160+ lacerations per year average, reduce to ZERO
- $1.8 million saved in injury costs
- Safer employees, a better workplace, higher productivity