“Maybe now someone’s wearing light duty arc flash, and that
will change to heavy duty. We’re still hearing bits and pieces.
Distributors who serve electrical contractors should be discussing this now so they’re not behind when the time comes.”
Specifically, Little Giant Ladders. LGL appeared to be the only
booth at the expo featuring ladders, and CEO Ryan Moss provided a unique perspective for why that was.
“Ladders have not really been addressed as a safety item.
They’ve been addressed as a tool, a commodity, a Black Friday
special for $40,” he says. “We had a lot of discussion with safety officers and leaders and found
Ladders once again made OSHA's top 10 for workplace safety violations, coming in at No.
8 with 2,448 cited in the latest calendar year count. Moss’ passion for providing ladders as a
safety product was immediately apparent and he was happy to show all the latest innovations
LGL has made to an impressive selection of ladders.
Through an extensive ladder education tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, Moss believes
LGL has driven the demand for ladder distribution.
“They all see value,” he says of LGL’s visits with numerous companies. “How do I know? The
word is getting out. More are asking for these types of products. A lot of companies have a
standard piece of climbing equipment. We’re bringing in safety. We believe – in time – the
old-style type of ladders will give way to safety ladders. A lot of distributors that still carry an
old-style are putting a LGL-style ladder side-by-side and learning the demand.”
This was a no-brainer before the expo even began. When it comes to workplace
safety in industrial settings, gloves are one of the first items that comes to mind — at
least for apparel. It seemed no matter where you were on the
expo floor, there was a booth showcasing gloves nearby.
Whether specializing in impact protection, fire
resistance, waterproofing, grip, or cut protec-
tion, the brands to choose from were aplenty.
Industrial Distribution made booth visits to see
a handful of glove brands, including Ansell and
Moldex, and attended Magid's press conference,
where the company announced its new D-ROC
With smartphones and tablets being utilized more
and more every day in warehouses and on the manufac-
turing floor, the demand for touch screen-friendly gloves
is a growing trend. Ansell answered the call by releasing its
HyFlex 11-101 and 11-105 gloves, the first touch screen-capa-
ble HyFlex gloves for industrial work environments.
The 2015 NSC Expo will be held at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center next Sept. 28-30.