When it comes to access covers, composite materials are in demand as the industry experiences hazards and injuries when using traditional steel and other metal products. Reports of crushed and amputated fingers and toes, severe burns, and back injuries are just some of the hazards of working with access covers.
In the Academy Award-winning movie, portrays Matthew McConaughey as an electrician injured by being exposed to an arc flash—a type of electrical explosion produced by a combination of extreme heat, intense bright light, and a pressure wave.
Global warming could increase lightning strikes by 50 percent, according to recently published climatological research. The distribution of lightning activity may also change, raising the occurrence of lightning in regions that heretofore had little risk.1 At the same time, the need for lightning protection becomes more urgent as buildings are filled with increasingly sensitive electronic devices.
For decades, traditional wired glass—with its crisscrossed wires creating diamonds or squares—was installed in buildings around the world. Thanks to its ability to remain intact even when broken, it was the first and, for years, only form of glazing available for fire door assemblies in schools, hospitals, and other buildings.
Warehouse doors can help increase safety by helping protect the integrity of the floor. They are designed to prevent the elements from the entering the facility, and reduce the threat of condensation from creating a slipping/tripping hazard for those on foot or those trying to quickly maneuver forklifts in tight areas. They also serve to reduce impact accidents and injuries by absorbing ‘hits.’ To ensure the right assembly, there are numerous high-pressure and missile-impact tests that demonstrate the strength of the doors—important for facing up to high winds.