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Speer Mechanical Wins 2013-2014 BX Safety Innovation Award

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Speer Mechanical has just won the Builder’s Exchange (BX) of Central Ohio 2013-2014 Safety Innovation Award for its invention of the magnetic “Hot Stop” or caution magnet. The award marks the 3rd BX Safety Innovation Award and 12th overall BX safety accolade Speer Mechanical has won.

The innovative Hot Stop was developed to prevent the risks of burns to workers who may be in the area after welding, brazing and/or soldering operations have been performed. Other workers may be unaware that there are hot surfaces. To identify a burn hazard and warn workers of the risk, the magnetic Hot Stop is placed on a metallic surface, such as steel pipe, pipe valves, pipe stands, even gang boxes, adjacent to the work area that is hot.

Constructed of a triangular piece of light gauge sheet metal that is painted, labeled, and attached to a weld-positioning magnet, the Hot Stop is an easy, inexpensive, and effective way of preventing burns and other injury to workers.

According to Fred Bothwell, Speer Mechanical Safety Coordinator, all of our BX awards are in keeping with the company’s commitment to job safety. Fred stated, “At Speer Mechanical we believe no job is so important that it can’t be done safely, and we strive to prove this every day. That’s why we place so much emphasis on inventions to help prevent workplace accidents wherever we can, and our participation in the BX Safety Innovation Awards enables us to share these innovations with other mechanical contractors to help workplace safety everywhere.”

The BX Safety Awards started in 1995 as a way to promote the positive aspects of workplace safety and to honor companies with proactive safety efforts and exceptional safety results. Since then, over 170 companies have been honored at the BX Annual Meeting for their safety success.

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