Arc rated garments for electrical workers

DRIFIRE partners with Quanta Services to develop garments that meet the safety and comfort needs of electrical workers.

Columbus, Ga., December 8, 2010—DRIFIRE, a manufacturer of comfortable flame-resistant (FR) and arc rated garments is collaborating closely with Quanta Services, one of the nation’s largest providers of electric power services, to develop innovative garments that ensure the safety and increase the comfort of electrical workers and workers exposed to arc-flash hazards.

The close relationship between the two companies was instrumental to the development of DRIFIRE’s new line of permanent FR, high-visibility garments, which launched at the end of 2009 and has been well received in 2010. This line of garments was developed with the input of end users from various Quanta companies. Gathering user feedback on a continuous basis is critically important to DRIFIRE, as evidenced by its recent interviews with Quanta linemen, supervisors and safety directors at a recent safety meeting held by North Houston Pole Line.

“Staying close to our end-users is necessary to ensure that we develop garments that meet their needs and that they’ll want to wear,” said Dustin Cohn, chief marketing officer for DRIFIRE. “The team at North Houston Pole Line faces a lot of the issues that DRIFIRE garments are made to address, including excessive heat and sweating, and they have embraced our line of moisture-wicking, fast-drying, hi-viz garments as a great option that helps them stay more comfortable and safe in a very challenging work environment.”

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