Anyone who has worked with electricity knows it is dangerous and potentially deadly. Electricians, engineers and other professionals work with electricity daily. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has long recognized electricity as a serious workplace hazard. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 there were 1,560 nonfatal workplace electrical injuries and 160 fatalities. The “Construction, Repairing, Cleaning” category accounts for 63 percent of the fatalities.
Crescent APEX has designed an innovative line of power tool accessories to insulate the user up to 1,000 volts as certified by United Laboratories (UL). The line is called eSHOK-GUARD™ and features a bit holder (¼” x 3”), and three different size socket drive bits: ¼” x 2”, ½” x 2-½” and 3/8” x 2-1¼”. In addition to providing electrical insulation, all three bits are impact rated and come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Providing the electrical insulation is achieved by a patented insulation zone, creating a separation between the bit or socket. The bit holder includes a magnetic tip keeping the bit securely in place and a retaining ring enables easy secure changes. The socket drive features a ball detent to keep sockets locked into place.
All of our testers were professionals dealing with electricity or job sites. Since eSHOK-GUARD™ is UL certified, we decided it was in no one’s best interest to test the 1,000 volt protection. However, each of our testers admitted shocks are common—in fact, 85 percent of professionals experience shocks on the job site.
All testers utilized the product in numerous applications including impact power tools. The products performed as expected without exception. One reviewer commented that their profession can be dangerous, but the eSHOK-GUARD™ provided a level of comfort knowing they were protected against electrical shock.