DEWALT Promotes Safe Jobsites
Guest Post by Richard Cacchiotti, DEWALT Global Concrete Products Manager
We all recognize jobsites have hazards. Injuries not only have a direct impact on a project's schedule and budget, but the ultimate goal is getting everyone home safe each day.
We set out to create a dedicated line of PERFORM & PROTECT™ tools and accessories which are designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: dust containment, control, or low vibration, without sacrificing performance. This line of tools and accessories have special on-product markings to denote which features are specific to the product. We often work closely with external Safety Directors to test our products in real life situations to make sure they stand up to our toughest users. Our sales and training teams also lead with safety and utilize PERFORM & PROTECT™ products to show our devotion to safe, productive jobsites. We will discuss the main components of the PERFORM & PROTECT™ line below.
DEWALT offers 120+ OSHA Table 1 Compliant dust solutions within our PERFORM & PROTECT™ line. PERFORM & PROTECT™ grinding, cutting, chipping/demolition & drilling shrouds reduce the amount of air-borne dust exposure, increase user visibility, and cut down on tool maintenance costs. Prior to OSHA'S ruling on Silica Dust in 2017, DEWALT was already on jobsites providing dust management solutions for the end user. Since the ruling went into effect, DEWALT's stance is "Table 1 or nothing", a message Global Product Manager Richard Cacchiotti has been communicating for over a year. "We not only focus on the dust extractor, but the application as a whole - tool, accessory, anchor, extractor to create an easy-to-follow system for the end user. A great example is the DCH293R2DH 1-1/8" Rotary Hammer covers a large drilling range, but is really designed around anchors needing 8" embedment. This covers 1" diameter holes ideal for mechanical anchors. Currently, DEWALT has the only solution for onboard extraction for this application. Additionally, the DCH273P2DHO 1" Rotary Hammer with on-board extraction was specifically created to work with stop bits for users doing work with post tension cable and Mini-Undercut+ Anchors. Typically, standard heads across the industry don't work with stop bits." See the guide here for the latest DUST solution system: www.dewalt.com/dust
Keeping control of tools on worksites helps to provide user protection and productivity benefits. Tools can bind up in normal drilling or cutting applications which can cause injury to the user, or damage the tool. Our DEWALT E-CLUTCH® System detects motion of the tool and shuts it down in bind up situations, helping to minimize sudden torque reaction compared to standard clutches. DEWALT's Kickback Brake feature stops the wheel when a pinch is detected in select Grinders. LANYARD READY™ integrated solutions offer options to tether select corded and cordless tools to rigid structures on jobsites when working at height with a maximum lanyard length of 2m, helping to secure the tool in case it is dropped.
Prolonged exposure to vibration may result in fatigue, pain, numbness, increased sensitivity to cold, and decreased sensitivity to touch in fingers and hands. The SHOCKS ACTIVE VIBRATION CONTROL® System in DEWALT Rotary & Demolition Hammers reduces vibration felt at the handles, when compared to hammers without this feature. Vibration user protection features are available on select Rotary & Demolition Hammers, Framing & Tacking Hammers, and Sanders.