19 Apr 21

Heat Stress Guide

Weather patterns are changing. The planet’s getting warmer. And, in fact, all but three of the hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. On average, excessive heat causes 650 deaths in the United States every year. 39 of those took place on the job in 2016—double the amount that occurred only two years prior. Read More

7 Apr 21

Worker wearing an old vs. used high visibility vest

Think you’re too cool to wear a bright new high-vis vest on the job? Afraid you’ll look like the wide-eyed coffee-fetching rookie? Time for a reality check, you ol’ grizzled vet you. If you’re not seen, you’re at risk. And hi-vis gear that’s old, worn and dirty isn’t exactly high visibility anymore. Read More

7 Apr 21

Understanding Hi-Vis Standards: ANSI/ISEA 107 [Updated 2021]

Hi-Vis Post

To the average Joes and Janes driving America’s highways and byways, or just watching construction work across the street, the “safety vests” they see workers wearing might all look the same: Just a brightly-colored top with some silver shine to it. However, these garments are quite technical, and anything but average. Read More

15 Mar 21

Ergodyne Ice Carousel - Man Pushing Machine in Cold Snowy Weather

Battling Extreme Winter Cold to build the World’s Largest Ice Carousel

In February of 2021, North America found itself in the midst of a brutally long and bitter Polar Vortex. The unforgiving winter storm obliterated Texas’ power supply and plummeted temperatures across the central United States roughly 50 degrees below average. Needless to say, Mother Nature was not messing around. And while most of the country took refuge, Chuck Zwilling and his family took to the ice in Central Minnesota—enduring -34 degree temperatures in pursuit of a 12-acre, world record largest ice carousel.  Read More

8 Feb 21

Worker working in the heat drinking water

Heat-related illness accounted for 815 worker fatalities and over 66,000 injuries in the United States between 1992 and 2017. And with average heat indexes perennially rising, it’s never been more crucial for employers to establish comprehensive heat stress prevention plans to keep workers safe. Read More

22 Dec 20

Ergodyne Rain Gear - Worker Driving Machine

With cities across the United States and Canada continuing to experience record-high annual precipitation, it’s not really a matter of if you’re going to get wet—it’s when. And for those regularly working outdoors in rain or snow, a solid set of waterproof work gear is invaluable to getting the job done safely. 

Read More

25 Nov 20

How to choose the best face mask for your job site 

Remember the stone ages when we all just went around spitting in each other’s faces like a bunch of angry alpacas? That’s so 2019 BC (Before Covid). Most of us understand by now that covering your mug is the way to go, but it can be tough to decipher between all the options available. At the end of the day, not everybody needs an N95—but everybody needs something.

Read More

25 Nov 20

Hoist Bucket

Five must-haves for an ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 Compliant Hoist Bucket

Knocking over your tool bucket on flat ground is a bummer. Knocking over your tool bucket from anything higher than 6 feet is calamitous to people and objects below.

Read More

19 Nov 20

Night Time Worker in Hi-Vis

Why proper reflective material is crucial for hi-vis clothing

In 1895, the first domino fell in what would ultimately become modern-day Daylight Savings Time when George Hudson proposed a two-hour daylight-saving shift. A shift worker by day and entomologist by night, Hudson sought additional after-hours daylight for collecting insects. Over a decade later, in 1908, Port Arthur, Ontario became the first city to enact DST. And, well, you know the rest (unless, of course, you live in Arizona—by the way, what’s up with that?).  Read More

27 Oct 20

Ergodyne Trex Ice Traction

Preventing worksite fall accidents with ice cleats and spikeless traction devices.

If over a quarter century of America’s Funniest Home Videos has taught us anything, it’s that people fall—a lot. But with falls accounting for over 30,000 deaths in the U.S. each year (the third highest among accidental deaths), it’s not always as funny as Bob Saget, Tom Bergeron, Alfonso Ribiero or *insert dad-joke machine here* make it seem. And while Canada may not have AFV, they still have their fair share of wipeouts. Each year in the North, over 42,000 workers are injured in fall accidents—accounting for nearly one out of every five “time-loss injuries”.

Read More