Utility Lineman and Electrical Contractors are often required to work on or near live electrical apparatus. In fact, for Lineman, part of the demands of modern infrastructure means de-energising networks is not always an option. This puts a level of expectation on Utilities to keep the power on. The results of this can be maintenance works that are typically performed “live”. This could include effecting repairs around the Pole, Cross Arm or Overhead Wires. This can present a range of risks or challenges that personnel tasked to complete the work must face. These risks include potential contact with live infrastructure. These live parts could vary in voltage and therefore present a risk of electrocution.
Linemen require extensive training and are highly skilled in discharging their duties in a safe and reliable manner. A critical element of the controls put in place for Lineman are their articles of PPE. This typically includes Rubber Insulating Gloves and Sleeves as one of the primary means of achieving a reduction in risk. The Marigold Ansell range of Rubber Insulating Gloves are considered the premium end of the market for good reason.
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Not only is the quality of manufacture so important, but the fit, feel and finish of the gloves can mean the difference between a successful or unsuccessful day on the job. Linemen can be faced with difficult conditions and their PPE should not become part of the challenge. This means electrical gloves must be as thin and dexterous as the relevant standards allow while providing the necessary voltage ratings.
Whether it is climbing a pole in high wind conditions, or frozen/freezing temperatures, the work of Utility Lineman is something to be appreciated and respected. Balmoral Engineering have worked hard to provide a complete range of electrical gloves from the low voltage class 00 (500 volts working) right through to high voltage class 4 (36,000 volts working). These gloves have been matched or paired with a custom made leather outer. Manufactured from premium Goatskin leather, they have class leading dexterity while maintaining high levels of durability. They come with a Velcro strap to aid a secure fit.
The Marigold Ansell range of Rubber Insulating Gloves come in an array of shapes, sizes and ratings. The class system is what defines the voltage rating and can be seen in the table above. The glove shape is available in a variety of cuff styles from Bell, Contour and Straight. The size range is also comprehensive with the inclusion of half sizes in the mix. The standards to which the gloves confirm include EN/IEC 60903 as well as ASTM D120. Both standards are stamped on the gloves clearly labelled and complete type test reports are available on request. Both these standards require every pair of gloves to be electrically tested at the factory. Ansell being a respected global company of gloves provides confidence to customers who need to depend on the integrity of such required tests.
One of the key advantages of the Ansell Marigold glove is the manufacturing process itself. Being an Aqueous Dipping production line, means there are little to no harmful solvents (VOCs) utilised. This becomes very important as such solvents (when used in Rubber Insulating Glove manufacturing) have the capacity to leave residue on the surface of the glove. This residue has the