Reviews for Safety Products and Training Videos

Index

Apps
FallClear LITE

Videos
Remember Charlie
Crane Work Rigging Techniques
Working Around Cranes
Handling Structural Steel
The Casino
Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platform Safety
Mythbusters: Exploding Lighter

Products
3M Speedglas Powered Respirator
Exofit Iron Worker Harness
Safety Eyewear, Onsite Provider
Talon Web Self Retracting Lifelines
Delta II Arc Flash Nomex Kevlar Harness
Gotcha Retrieval System
Mini Dual Lite Retractable

Publications
Safe By Accident

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App Reviews

 Title FallClear LITE 
 Supplier/Date High Engineering Corp 
Release Date FallClear v 1.40, the second edition of this app, was released December 2, 2013 on the Apple iTunes store: (A version compatible with droid phones is in the making now). The newest release of the app includes additional pictograms and scenarios to calculate clearance when tied off inside a manlift basket and when seated in a bosun's chair. It also addresses the needs of international users, by including the ability to work in metric units and to select personal energy absorbers that meet international standards such as CSA, EN, ISO and AS/NZ.
Scope There is a fascinating new App called "FallClear". The app bridges the gap in the world of fall protection competency. The single greatest hazard facing fall protection is striking the surface below. Yet arguably, the fall clearance distance remains the least understood issue in establishing fall protection in the field. This new app makes it simple for the field employee to calculate in real time actual fall clearance. At the same time this tool allows an engineer or fabricator to calculate the fall clearances during the design and fabrication phase quickly and accurately. This tool puts the engineer and competent fall protection employee in the field on the same level of understanding. There is no doubt in my mind that this app can and will save lives. 
Comments FallClear LITE is FREE download for the iPhone, to make it easy for workers to calculate clearances in the field. The app requires the user to:
1. Select a pictogram that matches the type of fall arrest system (Fixed Length Lanyard or Lifeline, Self Retracting Lifeline, or Vertical Lifeline with an Automatic Fall Arrester).
2. Once the type of system has been selected, the user swipes to select a pictogram representing how the equipment is being used (the location of the anchor and the body position of the worker).
3. Finally, the user must specify a few details such as the length of lanyard, type of harness, type of energy absorber and height or location of the anchor.
4. The app calculates the required clearance, and if the user is interested, provides complete details of the calculations.
5. The app allows the calculated clearance to be emailed so that a record of the calculation can be printed or electronically filed.

The app only calculates clearance, and does not determine impact forces. Unless the anchorage system is completely rigid and the user is directly in line with the anchorage system, the user must also add additional clearance to account for Swing Falls and Anchorage System deflections (such as horizontal lifeline sag).
Main Reviewer David Hales

Safety Video Reviews

Title: Remember Charlie
Rating (5 maximum): hh_onhh_onhh_onhh_onhh_on
Supplier/Date Emergency Film Group / Unknown publication date
Scope: A motivating storyteller, Charlie Morecraft captures the audience with a common language and keeps listeners on the edge of their seats as he recreates his near-fatal accident and the incredibly painful aftermath in engaging detail. Audiences from all occupations wake up to the high cost of an accident.
Comments: • The most powerful safety video I have ever seen. When I first saw it presented in a room of 200 people. During the playing of the video you could hear a pin drop in the room.
• Charlie Morecraft's story vividly demonstrates how by using the proper safety procedures and utilizing the appropriate personal protection equipment would have prevented the fire and destruction of an oil refinery and his devastating, life threatening injuries.
• I have presented this video many times. In all cases all who viewed it became much more conscience of the dangers surrounding them in their work place and home. It never was a problem to get them to wear the proper PPE again.
Run Time: 56 minutes
Spanish Availability: Unknown
Main Reviewer: LFK

 

Title: Crane Work Rigging Techniques
Rating: hh_onhh_onhh_onhh_offhh_off
Supplier/Date Vista / Unknown- current
Scope: Chains, Slings, Chokers, Hitches.
Comments: • Seems like a realistic approach
• Contains good information, some that is not obvious
• Encourages inspection with care but without an unrealistic over emphasis
• Shows some defects to look for
• Gives some tips on estimating loads and radius and validates the use of previous experience
Run Time: 23m 10s
Spanish Availability: Yes
Main Reviewer: TJS

 

Title: Working Around Cranes
Rating: hh_onhh_onhh_onhh_offhh_off
Supplier/Date Coastal / Unknown
Scope: Factors and safety practices surrounding cranes. Major subheadings included weather, power lines, set up, inspection and some work practices.
Comments: • The video is substantially about outdoor mobile cranes. A fair proportion of the time is spent on crane assembly, working around power lines and weather.
• As an aside, some of the scenes were of W. O. Grubb at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse site.
• The presenter seemed realistic.
• Some of the provisions were difficult to believe. (Cordon off the sweep area, never work under loads)
• The rules were incomplete, as would any video of this length on this topic.
• This might serve as a routine reminder or brief intro. It is not a full training session on what we need to know to work around cranes.
Run Time: ~20 min
Spanish Availability: No
Main Reviewer: TJS

 

Title: Handling Structural Steel
Rating: hh_onhh_onhh_onhh_offhh_off
Supplier/Date Steel Erectors Association of America / 1999
Scope: Safe Rigging and Handling Techniques for Fabrication, Transport and Erection.
Comments: • Good hands on advise for rigging
• Covers the basics for moving steel
• Shows good loading techniques
Run Time: 26 min
Spanish Availability: Yes
Main Reviewer: WDZ

 

Title: The Casino
Rating: hh_onhh_onhh_offhh_offhh_off
Supplier/Date NEA / 1993
Scope: “The Casino” is a film that shows how workers and employers of the construction industry have taken a stand to reduce workplace accidents and deaths and solve the workers compensation crisis that threatens no only our health system, but our standard of living.
Comments: • Video deals with union erection of structural steel.
• The video consists of representatives of both union and management commenting about their experiences and perspective of workers compensation cost.
• The analogy is that paying money into workers compensation insurance is equivalent to a casino. The only people who benefit from a comp claim are insurance companies, lawyers, and the health system. Workers and employers are the losers.
• Video can be informative to both management and employees but the story becomes old after 10 minutes into the video.
Run Time: 30 min
Spanish Availability: Unknown
Main Reviewer: LFK

 

Title: Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platform Safety
Rating: hh_onhh_onhh_onhh_onhh_off
Supplier/Date Grove Manlift/ Unknown
Scope: Reviews all of the safe operating and inspection procedures for scissor man lifts & boom man lifts.
Comments: • Great training video. Great way to train employees to operate these lifts. The video reviews all of the OSHA requirements for training except for the hands on training. I have used this video to train employees as well as train trainers to train employees.
• Video is aimed towards Grove equipment but the principles can be applied to any brand of scissor lift and boom lift.
• Video is split into two parts. Part 1 deals with scissor lifts and is 15 minutes long. Part 2 deals with boom lifts and is 16 minutes long. Each part can be shown separately if you need to train for just one or the other.
Run Time: 31 min (Part 1 – 15 Minutes, Part 2 – 16 Minutes)
Spanish Availability: Unknown
Main Reviewer: LFK

 

Title: Mythbusters: Exploding Lighter
Rating: hh_onhh_onhh_onhh_onhh_on
Supplier/Date Discovery Channel / 2005
Scope: Shows what happens when a butane lighter is exposed to sparks from welding.
Comments:

A very dramatic video showing the dangers posed by welding sparks that are otherwise not possible to be demonstrated. Original video is no longer available, but the segment is part of the new "Mythbusters: Big Blasts Collection" DVD at the following link:
http://store.discovery.com/detail.php?p=257741&v=discovery

Can also be found on the "Urban Legends" DVD:
http://store.discovery.com/detail.php?p=257743&v=discovery_shows_mythbusters_dvds-books

Run Time: 60 min
Spanish Availability: No
Main Reviewer: LFK

 


Safety Product Reviews

Product Name: 3M Speedglas Powered Respirator
Product Type PPE
Performance (3 maximum) hh_onhh_onhh_on
Durability hh_onhh_onhh_on
Ease of Use   hh_onhh_onhh_off
Availability Readily Available
Supplier 3M
Supplier Contact

www.speedglas.com

Description: An air powered respirator with built-in welding shield.
Comments:

This is a great respirator if you are trying to protect employees from hexavalent chromium, cadium or other hazardous gases. It does not require fit testing. Filters can be changed to protect against various gases.  It requires a rechargable battery that is included. It can be used in the shop or field. It is heavy and very warm if used in the summer.

Main Reviewer: LFK

Product Name: Exofit Iron Worker Harness
Product Type Fall Protection
Performance hh_onhh_onhh_on
Durability hh_onhh_onhh_on
Ease of Use hh_onhh_onhh_on
Availability Readily Available
Supplier DBI / SALA
Supplier Contact

 

Description: Padded Harness
Comments:

This is a great harness and is loved by ironworkers. Comfortable, durable, and easily adjusted to fit. It comes in sizes small, medium, large, and XL. Because ironworkers love them, it is an incentive for them to wear and use fall protection equipment. We offer them as safety incentives.

Main Reviewer: LFK

Product Name: Safety Eyewear, Onsite Provider
Product Type PPE
Performance hh_onhh_onhh_on
Durability hh_onhh_onhh_on
Ease of Use hh_onhh_onhh_on
Availability Readily Available
Supplier Eyelation
Supplier Contact

Mike Wilson, Account Executive
[email protected]
1-888-308-4703 ext 117

Description: This is a "kiosk" style online safety eyewear supplier. For those who are looking for a quick and convenient way to assist team members in getting the proper prescription safety eyewear, this company offers a wonderful option, especially if you are currently doing any administration around safety eyewear and/or are offering a company subsidy or reimbursement program.
Comments:

Here is another example of how technology can make our lives simpler. This program/service may not work for very small or mobile work sites. However, for larger and fixed base operations, it's something to consider.

Main Reviewer: KC

Product Name: Talon Self Retracting Liflines
Product Type Fall Protection
Performance hh_onhh_onhh_on
Durability hh_onhh_onhh_on
Ease of Use hh_onhh_onhh_on
Availability Readily Available
Supplier DBI / SALA
Supplier Contact

Jeff Greespen (Care Safety)

Description: Self retracting lifelines with dual tie-back lanyards
Comments:

We have recently started converting all of our welders and connectors working in the air to this system. We haven't heard any complaints about the weight of the unit (under 3 lbs.), or that it restricts movement. The unit comes with a back pad that can be fitted to most harnesses to increase comfort. Also, the tie-back lanyards come in handy in many situations where anchor points are few and far between. These units are great for working in the air since they restrict most free falls to 2'-0" or less, which greatly reduces the impact forces on the body.

Main Reviewer: JF

Product Name: Delta II Arc Flash Nomex Kevlar Safety Harness
Product Type Fall Protection
Performance hh_onhh_onhh_on
Durability hh_onhh_onhh_on
Ease of Use hh_onhh_onhh_on
Availability Readily Available
Supplier DBI / SALA
Supplier Contact

Jeff Greespen (Care Safety)

Description: Full body harness with upper webbing made of fire resistant Nomex / Kevlar material
Comments:

We have started going to this harness for all welders. The Nomex Kevlar webbing holds up great against welding splatter and cutting/grinding sparks. The cost is slightly higher than a normal nylon webbing harness, but we have found it has 3 to 4 times its usable lifespan.

Main Reviewer: JF

Product Name: Gotcha Retrieval System
Product Type Fall Protection
Performance hh_onhh_onhh_off
Durability hh_onhh_onhh_on
Ease of Use hh_onhh_onhh_on
Availability Readily Available
Supplier Ultra-Safe USA
Supplier Contact

www.ultrasafeusa.com

Description: Retrieves a worker who has fallen into a harness.
Comments:

Fall rescue planning is now a mandatory item for all erectors. This is a retrieval system for employees who fall into their harness. It is critical that the worker does not stay suspended above the floor for so long that it inhibits blood circulation. With the innovation of the Gotcha Retrieval System, the worker can be retrieved with ease and speed. It comes complete in one bag so that it can continue up the building with the raising gang. It is small enough to fit into a normal size gang box. Each system contains a 14 ft extendable pole, a block and tackle, rigging strap, and a handbrake. The system can be prepared and ready to use in less than 3 minutes. Once you set an anchorage point, it is ready. With this system, you can lower the employee down or lift him up to safety. I have used the system over years and trained many local firefighters on its use and versatility. We do not build any high rise without our Gotcha System on hand. I highly recommend this product.

Main Reviewer: AH

Product Name: Mini Dual Lite Retractable
Product Type Fall Protection
Performance hh_onhh_onhh_on
Durability hh_onhh_onhh_on
Ease of Use hh_onhh_onhh_on
Availability Readily Available
Supplier Ultra-Safe USA
Supplier Contact

www.ultrasafeusa.com

Description: New mini lite dual retractable is another innovative product that meets the new DIN en 360 standard.
Comments:

We have used Ultra-Safe fall protection for more than 15 years. The new mini lite dual retractable is another innovative product that not only keeps our workers safe, but also meets the new DIN en 360 standard (approved for foot level anchorage). This retractable is being used by both connectors and bolt-up hands. It ensures 100% tie off and the ease of use of this equipment has made the transition very smooth.

In addition, the savings on using this system over replacing dual lanyards is truly a great cost effective measure. Repairs on all Ultra-Safe retractables can be done at most of your local distributors, which eliminates down time and the need to carry excess stock. I highly recommend this retractable to all erectors.

 

Main Reviewer: AH

 

Safety Publication Reviews

Title: Safe By Accident
Rating: hh_onhh_onhh_onhh_offhh_off
Authors: Judy Agnew and Aubrey Daniels
Scope: Explains behavior based on safety.
Comments:

This book is written for the leadership of companies who are interested in taking their organizations to the next level in safety. It is very informative on the science behind behavioral based safety programs. Managers/Leaders of organizations who currently do not have or are just starting to look at a behavioral based safety process would find this book very helpful. Although, it calls into question the effectivness of many "time honored" safety programs, calling them a waste of time, money and potentially creating a less safety work environment. It does offer suggestions on what to do instead. It is likely that most who read this book will find it hard to reject all the items that the authors feel are ineffective. With that being said it does leave the reader with a more indepth thought process around the "why" employee's work at-risk and what a proactive organization can do to change that culture. At the very least, readers of this publication will come away with two or three new ideas or thought processes that will help them to achieve a culture of safety.

Main Reviewer: KC