Volume 39, Issue 7, July  2004


Glass Worker Death at Edge Seal 
Leads to Heightened Safety Concerns 

The recent death of 25-year-old Edge Seal Technologies employee Dominic Jerome Childs has some in the industry concerned about how they can protect their face and neck from lacerations when carrying glass. Childs was killed in late May when a 6- by 7-foot lite of glass he was carrying shattered and cut his neck.

According to police reports, Childs and another employee had pulled the glass from a slot in the warehouse when they heard a cracking sound. The glass broke and shattered, and a piece struck the right side of Childs’ neck. He was rushed by rescue workers to the hospital and pronounced dead.

“We have worked very hard in the last two years at safety awareness,” said Mike McHugh, Edge Seal president. “In spite of our good efforts, a good and decent person, who followed all recommended procedures, and was wearing every piece of protective gear available (steel-toed shoes, leather apron and chaps, arm and shoulder protection, wrist guards, gloves, eye protection and a hard hat) lost his life on the job. It is an event that we will never quite get over.”

In support of the Childs family, Edge Seal started a fund and will match dollar to dollar all contributions.
Since Childs’ death, a concern has arisen for face and neck protection. According to Mike Burk, training manager with GED USA, while he has been unable to locate any gear for neck protection specifically, there are measures glass workers can employ to reduce the likelihood of injuries.

“Glass handlers should never carry large lites,” Burk said. “There is equipment for handling large lites; [glass] should never be carried, especially above shoulder height. Too often, in order to save time, I see operators carrying large lites and inserting them into the production flow.”

Burk added that those operators who are handling packs and crates of glass with overhead cranes should still wear all of the standard anti-cut gear, hard hats and full face shields.

Sekisui Announces Expansion of American Operations
Columbus, Ohio-based Sekisui S-Lec America LLC, a supplier of PVB interlayers for laminated glass, has announced the expansion of its technical service center and American sales office. An open house and golf tournament took place June 3 in Columbus to celebrate the expansion.
Info www.s-lecfilm.com or call 614/527-5250.

BlueScope Completes Acquisition of Vistawall
BlueScope Steel Ltd. has announced the completion of its acquisition of Butler Manufacturing Co., parent company of the Vistawall Group.
“Completion of the acquisition marks a major milestone in the implementation of BlueScope Steel’s downstream branded products and solutions strategy,” said BlueScope Steel managing director and chief executive officer Kirby Adams. “The combination of the assets of the two companies creates a strong, global steel building components and pre-engineered buildings business.” 

The Vistawall Group’s president, Tom Harris, will continue in his management role. No management changes are planned for Vistawall.

Winners Recognized for Glass Design in 2004 Solutia Design Awards
St. Louis-based Solutia Inc. held its sixth annual Solutia Design Awards, recognizing architects, designers and laminators for outstanding architectural and design projects that demonstrate innovative uses of Vanceva and Saflex brand interlayers. 

Designers at Wilkerson Eyre, London won in the institutional category for their creation, the “Bridge of Aspiration” for the Royal Ballet School London. The twisted form of glass, timber and aluminum is comprised of 23 wooden frames connected by laminated glass that incorporates a safety glass interlayer. 

In the commercial category, architect Fernando Romero of Mexico won for the Palmas Corporate Building, the corporate headquarters of a Mexican financial institution. The design featured Solutia’s metallic interlayers.

In the interiors category, designer Tobias Lundquist of Miloby Ideasystems used laminated glass to create the Lucini Italia Company, the Miami home for an Italian gourmet foods company. Green laminated glass was chosen for use throughout the offices, coordinating with and creating a background for the label on the company’s signature product, extra virgin olive oil. 

In the installations category, architect Hal Ingberg of Montreal created the garden installation “Colored Reflections,” using Vanceva Design interlayers to create a courtyard-like enclosure.
Info www.solutia.com. 


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