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      Why High Visibility Matters

      Why High Visibility Matters

      3 Facts Road Builders Need to Know About

      Did you know that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most fatal occupational injuries at road construction sites are caused by workers being struck by mobile equipment or vehicles? While there’s plenty that factors into this grim statistic, there are three simple ways to prevent tragedy before it strikes.

      #1: Stay Vigilant

      Always look before making any move – even if it’s taking a few steps to one side. Pay close attention to any potential hazards around you at all times, and monitor movement. Try to stand in a space with an unobstructed view of potential hazards, and remember – every road worker is responsible for collectively ensuring that all traffic channeling devices are placed appropriately.

      #2: Slam the Breaks

      Parking breaks must be applied to all equipment. While it might sound obvious, make sure you never stand below any suspended equipment like booms, arms, or buckets. In these areas, it’s crucial to be particularly vigilant.

      #3: High Visibility Clothing

      Road workers are a lot less likely to be struck if they can be seen from afar – and that’s where high-visibility clothing comes in. In fact, many Federal U.S. Government agencies mandate the use of high-visibility clothing on specific construction sites. 

      Ultimately, while you can’t control the careless actions of others, you can – to a large extent – take control of your own safety and well-being. Kolossus Workwear’s High Visibility Clothing Collection makes sure you’re seen from every angle, avoiding disaster before it has a chance to strike.

      Where Have All The Containers Gone?

      Where Have All The Containers Gone?

      The Shortage Is Dire – And the Struggle is Real

      There’s no denying it – the great pandemic of 2020 (which is still very much alive) has affected almost every industry on Earth. And freight shipping is no exception. The industry is experiencing an unprecedented predicament whereby there is a dire shortage of containers worldwide.

      Unfortunately, this shortage is impacting countless connected supply chains, straining trade globally – mainly in Asia and Europe. But the question remains – where have all these containers gone? The answer could be inland depots, but many are also piling up in cargo ports as well. Others are onboard vessels, particularly on transpacific lines.

      While many containers have headed to Europe and North America from Asia, they haven’t been returning quickly enough. Significant workforce disruptions are affecting not just ports, but nationwide cargo depots and inland transport lines too. Inadequate staffing means containers have been quickly piling up across North America, and tightening borders and customs regulations are only complicating the matter further.

      Looking Ahead

      While the situation is being continually assessed, the container shortage doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. However, by booking cargo as far in advance as possible, while ensuring that strong shipping insurance is in place, companies can enjoy more peace of mind until this global crisis blows over.

      Fun Facts About the Electric Plane

      Fun Facts About the Electric Plane

      Everything You Didn’t Even Know You Needed to Know!

      Electric planes are the future of flying. Since they swooped onto the aviation stage, electric planes have left jet fuel-based aircrafts quivering in their presence. Here are three facts you might not have known about these ground-breaking emission-free aircrafts.

      #1: They Have Big Batteries

      Instead of jet fuel, electric planes use batteries to fire up the engine – but obviously, batteries lack fuel’s density. That’s why electric plane batteries are big. Very big. As in 3.8 metric ton big.

      #2: Less Maintenance

      Seeing as electric motors don’t need gearboxes to bring the engine to a standstill, fuel costs are not just reduced – but eliminated – and maintenance is almost zero, seeing as there is no need for a traditional air-and-fuel mixture to expand and power the plane.

      #3: By Any Other Name…

      There are countless electric planes out there, from UberAir to the Dubai Air Taxi to Lilium – each service a unique purpose in the skies and on the ground.

      While the electric plane sector is still in its infancy, one thing’s for sure – it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Be prepared for the future of flying with the most comfortable, breathable, and fashionable mechanic coveralls in the business. If we do say so ourselves.

      Something New is In the Air

      Something New is In the Air

      The Latest Air Filters for Post-COVID Flights

      It’s no secret that COVID-19 changed the way we travel, forever. Airplane powerhouses are more aware than ever of the need for more advanced cabin air filtration, seeing as hundreds of people are breathing the same, recycled oxygen for hours on end. With serious concerns about the coronavirus spreading throughout cabin air, the European Aviation Safety Association (EASA) recently published a safety guidance bulletin. Here are three suggestions every mechanic needs to know:

      #1: Industrial-Grade HEPA Filters

      High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters can be installed in aircrafts, but recirculation fans should “never be stopped”. These circulate cabin air in its entirety in about 2-4 minutes, capturing a minimum of 99.7% of airborne pathogens.

      #2: Avoiding Blocked Vents

      This is crucial when it comes to maximizing air flow and preventing the spread of contamination. It’s recommended that recirculation and fresh air systems be operated to exchange the entire cabin’s air volume ahead of time before passengers board.

      #3: Ending Recirculation Entirely

      While it sounds extreme, if a plane’s re-circulation system doesn’t contribute towards critical functionality in-flight, then the potential to keep SARS-Cov-2 particles stagnant will prevent them from being captured by the aircraft’s filtration system.

      Catching a flight is clearly no longer as simple as, well, catching a flight. Aircraft mechanics have their work cut out for them more than ever before. If you’re one of them, don’t make another move without our short-sleeve coverall. With comfort and breathability guaranteed, you can get the job done with confidence.

      What Every Plumber Needs to Know

      What Every Plumber Needs to Know

      3 Pro Tips for Pro Plumbers

      Pipe wrench? Check. Basin wrench? Check. Hacksaw? Check. You might think you have everything you need in your plumber’s toolbox, but if you lack these three items, your reputation could go down the drain.

      #1: Plumber’s Torch

      Your iPhone’s light isn’t enough. To effectively illuminate precise areas when sealing and soldering copper pipes for example, you need a professional plumber’s torch – a small, handheld source of light that no plumber should be without.

      #2: Goggles

      Disaster happens when we least expect it – like hot water leaks in our eyes just when we’re up close and personal. Avoid unnecessary medical bills with professional plumber’s eyewear.

      #3: Quality Coveralls

      Boost your professionalism while protecting your skin and making sure that you avoid the dreaded plumber’s crack. At Kolossus Workwear, we have the comfortable, breathable, durable, and professional short-sleeve coveralls you’ve been searching for.

      Plumbers are unsung heroes of society, and you deserve to look and feel comfortable and confident on-the-job. Shop our range of industry-leading plumber’s coveralls today to stay safe, stay cozy, and stay stylish.

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