Interesting Blips on the Expo Floor Radar

Discussions of safety are definitely in the air as sessions continue at NSC 2008, but perhaps more effective than any discussion is a demonstration. Here are a few sights to see at this year's expo.

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has released a dramatic video that shows the dangers of not wearing a full body harness on a boom type access platform.

The video features a live demonstration in which a crash dummy is fitted to a specially modified Skyjack boom to show the effects of driving over a low-lying obstacle. The dummy is not wearing a harness in order to show the consequences of the catapult and jolting effects when the boom goes over an obstacle.

"This video is a vivid illustration of why operators should wear harnesses on boom type platforms," said Tim Whiteman, IPAF managing director. "The industry must prevent unnecessary deaths where people are catapulted from booms. Let us keep this safe method of working at height even safer."

The video is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. To view the video, stop by booth #1512 or go to www.ipaf.org and select "Film" from the Publications menu.

You'll be hard-pressed to miss booth #2452. On display will is the Door-Man Intersection Caution System, which provides visual, audible, and static alerts to increase pedestrian safety in the presence of forklift and automated system activity.

The full line consists of the Intersection Caution System, the Vehicle Caution System and auxiliary signs that can be custom-designed to enhance safety and awareness.

For more information, stop by their booth or visit www.door-man.com/ics.html.

Bring a little color in your life by taking a look at Casella USA's all new CEL-600 series of mid range sound level meters at booth #1009. The new meters feature a full-color, high-resolution graphic display that provides user feedback during use. Each task is shown with a different color scheme to aid users and guide them through the process--calibrations in yellow, stop in red, and measure in green.

FrenchCreek Production Inc. will certainly make a splash on the exhibit floor as they look to unveil many new products. Among these will be the 2nd generation "TRACKER" system that is designed to bring the most modern technology to the jobsite and combine convenience, effectiveness, and ease of operation. It can be used on a variety of products, including harnesses, lanyards, and more.

Also on display, will be FrenchCreek's full line of "Z SERIES" products that are designed to meet or exceed the revised Z359.1 standards set forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The updated standard went into effect on Oct. 15, 2007.

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