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Are Smartphones Smart to Use on a Job Site?

Communication is critical on construction sites. Whether for coordinating movement of materials or issuing warnings, it is important that workers be able to clearly communicate with each other. Audio devices (e.g. radios, cell phones) can help increase the speed and fidelity of communication between workers. While radios provide good voice communications between workers, there are some potential inherent problems: Half-duplex

Welcome to the World of Virtual Reality Safety Training

Training. In so many industries it is an essential part of health and safety programs necessary to be compliant with applicable regulations. But, training can be expensive and time-consuming. Enter the world of virtual reality training. This new option is not meant to replace conventional hands-on training or instruction by in-person trainers, but it can be a beneficial tool used

Headsets That Work as Hard as You Do

3M ™ PELTOR™ - Built Tough for the Working Professional ST. PAUL, Minn. - The year was 1950 and the Swedish Air Force had a problem: How to protect workers’ hearing in very loud environments while still allowing them to communicate effectively. Prior to 1950, the only way to hear radio communications in high-noise situations was to turn up the radio volume,

Stand Up to Falls: Learn the ABCD’s of Fall Protection

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A fall at work can be terrible. But, a fall from heights in the midst of an already dangerous job can be devastating. Do you know how to properly inspect your fall protection gear to ensure it is secure, compliant with OSHA regulations and comfortable? A typical Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) incorporates three components often

Digital Disruption Helps Bring Safer Workplaces

When is change worth it? When it can help save lives? Potentially millions of lives? You’d think so… but when it comes to humans, we’re often reluctant to change our behavior, even when the writing’s on the wall. ST. PAUL, Minn. - Workplace safety is a powerful example. Although fatality rates in the US have been reduced by 66% since 1970, still

Insights That Spark Innovation

Inventors can sometimes seem obsessed. Bursting with energy and passion for their big ideas, they risk losing focus on the customer at the end of the process. And examples of large-scale, costly misses litter the business literature. ST. PAUL , Minn. -  The challenge for innovative companies is nurturing inventors’ ingenuity and drive, while channeling their resources toward market needs

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