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Safety post color change

The Bilco Co. has changed the standard color of its LadderUP Safety Post from black to safety yellow. This new color, supplied as a powder-coat finish, gives the safety device more visibility in the dark and confined spaces in which the product is typically used. The increased visibility from this color change is intended to promote worker safety by encouraging greater usage and making the product easier to operate in these environments. The LadderUP Safety Post is a device for fixed ladders, allowing workers safe entrance and egress from roof hatches or manholes, as well as floor, vault and sidewalk doors.

Standing-seam snow guard

Levi’s Nails & Screws’ Snow Defender 6500 is intended to guard a standing seam metal roof from avalanches. The two-set screws on this powder-coated, Type 304 stainless-steel device grip the seam without any penetration. It fits standing seams up to 3/8-inch (10-mm) wide and with seam heights of 1 inch (25 mm) through 1 3/4 inch (44 mm). The Snow Defender 6500 comes in multiple colors.

Finishing flap discs

Rex-Cut Megabrite T27 Finishing Flap Discs, from Rex-Cut Products Inc., are offered in three grades: coarse, medium and fine grits. They are designed for cleaning, deburring, blending and finishing stainless steel, aluminum and other metals. After removing weld splatter with coarse or medium, the fine grit is ideal for the surface conditioning of stainless steel to achieve a grained-in final finish. The finishing flap discs are constructed with layers of non-woven synthetic fiber surface conditioning materials and constantly reveal fresh abrasives as they work.

Forklift model update

Sellick Equipment Ltd. has expanded its S Series product line by adding a 16,000-pound (7,258-kg) capacity model. The S160-4 has fulltime four-wheel drive and four equal-sized wheels. By steering both axles, the S160-4 has a tight turning radius. It is powered by the Dieselmax 444 Turbocharged Tier III diesel engine and is coupled to a fully automatic power-shift transmission for efficient operation. Axles feature enclosed wet disc brakes for extended life and limited slip differentials for maximum traction and maneuverability.

Versatile knock-down stair system

Wildeck Inc.’s economical and modular Knock-Down Stair system can be easily assembled on the job site and installed in virtually any facility, including those where space is limited. The Knock-Down Stair can provide safe and convenient access to elevated platforms and mezzanines, racks and shelving systems where space is limited and for incorporation into pick modules.

Stone sealant color

Chem Link’s NovaLink SL (Self-Leveling Construction Sealant) now offers a Stone color that is designed to match aged concrete. Applicators may now choose between Gray and the new Stone. The company is also able to provide custom colors with sufficient lead time and minimum order quantities.

Inspections survival kit

The OSHA Inspections Survival Kit is a series of five CDs. Each 120-minute CD features information from preparing for OSHA’s Targeted Inspection Plan to conducting a health and safety audit. Supervisors will learn to prepare for an inspection, minimize their liability after citation and improve their organization’s overall safety and health performance.

Slide compound miter saws

Hitachi Power Tools has introduced two new 8 1/2-inch (216-mm) slide compound miter saws, the C8FSE and C8FSHE. The C8FSHE features a LED work light and laser guide. Made to be light and portable, the saws are well-suited for contractors. The saws can stand up to job-site travel and tough high-volume tasks. With the use of Hitachi’s 8 1/2-inch 60-tooth Tungsten Carbide metal cutting blade, these saws can be used for crosscutting and mitering non-ferrous metals, such as brass, aluminum and copper.