For two days in October (Oct. 17 & 18), the best electric utility lineman on the planet will gather in Kansas City to compete in the International Lineman’s Rodeo (the full Expo runs Oct 15 -18). From simulated pole-top rescues, to “sprints” up 40-foot poles, to timed equipment repair challenges – they will put their abilities to the test to earn the coveted title of “best in the world.”
It’s no wonder why we view this as the “X Games” of our industry.
Which gets us thinking. Maybe it’s time our industry started seeing lineman for what they really are: occupational athletes. After all, be it a crisis situation or a “typical” workday, these modern day cowboys are called upon to perform heroics that require world-class speed, agility and technique.
It’s this perspective that is driving us at Bulwark to usher in a new era of smarter, more athletically-inspired “performance FR.” Case in point, our iQ Series™.
Thanks to an all-new FR science that enables us to bring activewear fabrics (even polyester!) into the FR equation for the first time ever, we can finally outfit electric utility lineman properly, and comfortably, for the ultra-physical demands of their duty. Because from greater breathability and softness, to enhanced mobility and moisture management, iQ garments have been designed specifically to increase wearer performance, and productivity.
So next time you see one of these brave souls risking everything to climb that precarious pole, just think about the skill it takes to fill their spiked boots. And if you’re in KC for the Lineman’s Rodeo, be sure to ask about iQ at our booth and see iQ in action. We’ll be outfitting Ameren’s “athletes” as they compete vie for the title.
Check out our list of the top 3 most important announcements at NSC 2014.
Back in January, we announced our launch of iQ Series, a revolutionary product line that delivers superior comfort through fabric and design innovation — without compromising the trust and safety of its wearers. Read the announcement here: The Future Of FR Is Here
We’ve seen a huge amount of interest and excitement regarding iQ Series. We’ve only scratched the surface. Below is a list of links to all the buzz around town about iQ, the better, smarter, more comfortable FR gear that people will want to wear – and not just while they’re working.”
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This week we announced our plans to debut our much anticipated iQ Series Comfort Knits and Wovens at the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Safety 2014 Expo in Orlando (Orange County Convention Center, West Building, June 8-10).
The new iQ Series is set to rock the world of protective workwear wearability unlike ever before — thanks to a scientifically engineered new breed of comfortable FR apparel. Not only will attendees be able preview iQ Series garments, but we also plan to give attendees an exclusive look at the paradigm-shattering science from its co-development partner, Milliken™ & Company. Read more here.
Our VP, Chris Holcombe, spoke with Creative Safety Publishing recently about our new iQ Series products. “Hot. Heavy. Stiff. Itchy. If you’ve worn flame resistant clothing, you know what it feels like. But that’s all changing.” Click here to listen to the full interview.
Hot. Heavy. Stiff. Itchy.
Anyone who has worn a flame-resistant (FR) garment might use the four adjectives above to describe the experience of wearing such apparel. However, for many workers throughout the oil and gas value chain, uncomfortable FR apparel is a necessary burden in order to protect oneself from flash fire hazards on the job.
“Most everyone at refineries must wear something for flash fire protection,” said Jan Newman, president of Rosedale, La.-based Medical/Professional Protective Clothing, Inc. (MED-PRO).
The extent of one’s FR garment coverage depends on one’s exposure to active plant units, she said. For instance, a craftsperson at greater risk of encountering a flammable event may wear coveralls and other protective gear while a supervisor might comply with safety regulations by wearing a FR shirt and pants, Newman explained.
“There are two major categories of FR fabrics used in the secondary FR protection market: natural fiber fabrics such as 100-percent cotton that are treated to be FR, and inherent fiber fabrics that are man-made to be FR in the fiber state and are then made into FR fabrics,” said Chris Holcombe, vice president and general manager of the FR garment maker Bulwark FR. “They both have their benefits and drawbacks. One must evaluate the fabrics’ cost, comfort and durability based on the job application to choose appropriately.” Read More