There are many things to consider when developing a clothing line for wind technicians. On a cold morning you want to be bundled up before you get in the truck and drive out to the site. You still want to be warm as you prepare to climb. Then, as you approach the top of the turbine, your body temperature has risen so you enter a nice and warm nacelle. By that time, you’re sweaty and have to work in a confined area in your bulky winter gear. That is not ideal.
This is where Purnell Gear comes in – by introducing the first hoodie for industrial athletes – those who climb wind turbines. It slips over a harness and allows access to D-rings in the front as well as the center one in the back. The hood has no drawstrings, something OSHA frowns upon in climbing gear. Instead, it sports a zipper that clinches the hood together and keeps the neck warm. Pockets are located to allow access while climbing. One on the left sleeve holds a mobile phone, note pads, or radio.
The design lets wearers take off the hoodie once they arrive at the nacelle without having to remove the harness, so you can still be strapped in. Along with the hoodies, the company has developed an entire range of wind turbine climb ready clothes. They are all tailored for flexibility and comfort while climbing wind turbines.
A final point to raise is the increased OSHA scrutiny directed towards the wind industry. Recently, more than one technician has been reprimanded and some removed from sites because they were working on electrical equipment without arc-rated clothes. Purnel Gear’s entire series of work clothes are either arc-rated or fire-rated, with the actual rating clearly marked on the left shoulder. That lets the safely supervisor clearly see who is properly dressed to work on the various pieces of equipment. For more information, contact Peder Hansen at email@example.com or (402) 319-4649.
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