Collaboration the key to successful hand safety initiative
Backwell IXL is one of Australia’s oldest manufacturing success stories. The company has been providing metal stamping, metal finishing, roll forming and assembly services to the automotive industry for more than 150 years. For Daryl Perrett, Operations Leader in the pressings, coatings and roll mills area, hand safety is critical.
For the past five years, Backwell IXL has used Ansell’s Vantage® 70-761 glove to provide cut resistance, comfort and dexterity to staff working in its metal fabrication and glass handling areas.
“We press panels using a very thin metal with edges as sharp as a serrated knife. It only has to touch you to cause an injury. The cut resistance provided by the Vantage 70-761 glove and its Kevlar® component work extremely well in preventing injuries and protecting our workers from everyday cut risks,” explained Daryl. In addition to being ideal for metal work, the Vantage 70-761 glove provides protection against injuries related to heat, light molten splashes, welding, sharp tools and inspection processes.
“We have identified an effective cut resistant glove that’s beneficial across the entire organisation,” added Daryl. “Some years ago one of our workers sliced his hand severely, prompting a renewed and concerted safety effort within our company. The support we received from Ansell and their distributor was amazing.
“The application specialists from Ansell visited our plant to give talks and demonstrations. They also helped us identify and monitor the areas where injuries were occurring; where the laceration risks were highest or not fully understood by floor staff. We worked closely with Ansell to specify a glove that is particularly suited to our operations – and over the past five years, we’ve reduced cut injuries significantly.”
Comfort was also an important consideration for Daryl and the Backwell team. “The Vantage 70-761 gloves are really comfortable. We needed comfort combined with dexterity because our operators handle large and small materials every day for long periods. Because these gloves allow hands to breathe and stay cool, our workers are not constantly tempted to remove them, as they have been with other brands,” said Daryl. “Not only are these gloves easy to don and doff, they’re economical and long-lasting”.
As the company diversifies to cater for new markets, IXL continues to work with Ansell on hand safety initiatives. IXL uses Ansell gloves in its Foundry, Electrical Assembly “IXL Tastic” products and Sampford IXL businesses. Safety remains critical, as a wider variety of tasks emerge from new manufacturing processes.
“We’ve made significant changes over the years in the automotive component manufacturing industry and Ansell have always listened to our needs,” said Daryl. “They have provided us with “cutting-edge” products that have supported our growth into new and niche markets”.
“From what I can see, Ansell continues to conduct an open dialogue with their customers, an approach that has resulted in the development of truly innovative solutions. The Vantage 70-761 glove is just one example,” concluded Daryl.
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