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skyscreeN™ Nationwide Platforms

Nationwide Platforms has developed an innovation in safety which minimises the risk of objects being dropped from the basket of an access platform when working at height.

Suitable for 6ft and 8ft platform basket sizes, the lightweight SkyScreen™ mesh fully encompasses the platform basket to provide protection from dropped objects, tools and materials down to 15mm in size. As well as retaining maximum visibility, it is also compatible with a range of other innovations such as the company’s material handling attachment SkyRak® and its secondary guarding device SkySiren® PCS™.

The innovation was recently chosen by chief contractor, Kier Construction, to assist with the construction of London’s iconic Greenwich Peninsula Low Carbon Energy Centre. Designed by renowned sculpture and artist, Conrad Shawcross, the Energy Centre’s 48 metre chimney required 137 unique panels installing to create what Shawcross described as its ‘optic cloak’.

To ensure the panels were installed both safely and efficiently, a spider crane was placed at the top of the building’s chimney and used to hoist the panels into position. One of Nationwide Platforms’ SX-180 boom lifts, fitted with SkyScreen™, was then used to assist with the fitting and installation. Due to the nature of the job, and the need to use tools and small fixings, the introduction of SkyScreen™ successfully minimised the risk of injury or damage caused by items accidently being dropped from height.

Part of BlueSky Solution’s range of safety innovations, SkyScreen™ is readily available for hire throughout the UK.

skytec Nero™ Globus

Globus has enhanced its range of chemical-resistant gloves with the launch of SKYTEC Nero™ - combining chemical and mechanical protection with comfort, dexterity and grip.

Suitable for a wide range of industrial applications from chemical processing and manufacturing to utilities, engineering and agriculture, SKYTEC Nero™ not only protects workers against water-based chemicals but also delivers abrasion and tear resistance performance. The result is a natural-rubber glove ideal for heavy-duty handling, processing and maintenance tasks.

Featuring a hexagonal textured pattern on the palm and fingertips for enhanced grip in wet and slippery conditions, SKYTEC Nero™ is also extremely comfortable thanks to its anatomical shape, designed to minimise hand fatigue. Part of the renowned SKYTEC hand protection range, the glove is 0.65mm thick – ensuring flexibility and dexterity. Comfort is further enhanced through the pure cotton flock lining which absorbs perspiration.

Available in sizes small to extra-large, the CE certified Cat III glove, has an EN388:2003 rating of 2020 providing good abrasion and tear resistance and is also EN374-3 certified, delivering in particular level 4 protection against chemicals including Sodium Hydroxide (40%) and Sulphuric Acid (96%).

As part of its approach to helping customers better understand the issues surrounding workplace hand protection, Globus has created a free infographic explaining the EN 374:2003 standard, the testing procedures and what the resulting data means.


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