Sleeves

Small Mine Development Safety Supervisor Dwight Stoneman shows Kevlar sleeves sewn into a SMD company work shirt. The invention was introduced at the 2017 Newmont Contractor Safety Summit.

Toni R. Milano

What happens when company-issued safety gear is forgotten at home? One mining company came up with a solution to ensure that its employees can always have the right gear on hand.

At the 2017 Newmont Contractor Safety Summit June 29, Small Mine Development Safety Superintendent Dwight Stoneman introduced Kevlar-sleeved shirts, which has protective sleeves to deflect cuts attached to work shirts.

Kevlar sleeves are cut-resistant and worn with protective gloves by mechanics, electricians and employees who work with self-retracting knives.

Now, heat-stress shirts come with the sleeves attached, said Stoneman, adding that the invention was the “brainchild” of Doug Morgan, an SMD superintendent.

“It’s smaller at the wrist and larger at the bicep,” Stoneman said. “It’s actually a comfortable shirt to wear.”

Manufactured and sold by Idaho Mining Apparel, the shirts can be ordered in various colors with iron-on reflectors and a company logo.

Stoneman said SMD ordered five styles of the shirts, and said they’ve been popular even with employees who don’t use a knife on the job.

Before the invention, Stoneman said injuries that could occur without sleeves were to the arm and hand, but the Kevlar sleeves “lessen the risk,” of such injuries.

“As the industry changes the rules, we change with them— adapt and build the tools that we need,” Stoneman said.

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