January 16, 2020 | Joe Geng |

Case Study: How PCC Structurals Went From Bone-Deep Cuts To Not A Scratch With Superior’s Extreme Cut Gloves

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When it comes to selecting personal protection equipment (PPE) for his team, safety technician Douglas Sanborn has simple criterion: it must provide an acceptable level of safety and employees have to love wearing it.

At PCC Structurals, employee safety is a top priority and hand injuries are of particular concern. A leader in the manufacture of parts for the aviation industry, PCC Structurals builds parts for all types of aircraft from passenger jets to military planes to space shuttles.

Workers working around large machine parts


As one can well imagine, it is not atypical for employees at PCC Structurals to be working on massive parts weighing close to a ton. To accommodate this work, the machinery used by employees must be massive as well, including industrial-sized grinders so large they need to be held up by hoists.

It was while using one of these grinders that a member of Sanborn’s team slipped and the full force of the 1,000 lb. grinder came to bear on the back of the poor team member’s hand. The wound was so deep it cut through to the bone.

Picture of a doctor dressing a hand injury

This particular team member had been wearing safety gloves, but they were only rated ANSI Level A4, as that was the highest cut level protection available in safety gloves that allowed for the dexterity needed to perform the job.


Disturbed by the severity of the wound and the ease with which it happened, Sanborn set out to find a way to safeguard his team against similar incidents.

He had recently heard some rave reviews about a new pair of gloves the welding team was trialling from Superior Glove. Not only were these gloves comfortable to work in and dexterous enough for fine-detail tasks but also offered an impressive ANSI Level A9 cut protection – the highest protection possible.

A pair of Superior Glove's Endura Extreme Cut Goat Grain Driver Gloves with Oilbloc
The gloves the welders trialled were Superior’s Endura Extreme-Cut Goat-Grain Driver Gloves with Oilbloc – request a trial at your facility!
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Although the welders were using a leather glove, Sanborn spoke to Superior Glove and found there was a string-knit version as well. He immediately ordered a trial and distributed the gloves to his team.

A pair of Superior Glove's TenActiv 13-Gauge Extreme-Cut Gloves with Foam Nitrile Palm Coaing
The extreme-cut string-knit gloves trialled by Sanborn and his team were Superior’s TenActiv 13-Gauge Extreme-Cut Gloves with Foam Nitrile Palm Coating – request a trial at your facility!
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The initial feedback was great: Employees loved wearing the gloves and found they provided ample dexterity for the work that needed to be performed. But when it came down to protection, would the gloves hold up?

It didn’t take long to find out.


Within days of starting the glove trial, another employee had an identical grinder incident to the previous one, losing grip on the grinder and having it smash into the back of his hand. This time, he had Superior hand protection.

Actual gloves worn by the employee – a cut hazard that previously cut down to the bone didn’t even tear the gloves

Amazingly, the incident didn’t result in a scratch – the glove didn’t even tear. From a serious, bone-deep wound to not a scratch – talk about safety improvement!

The efficacy alone sold Sanborn on the gloves, but as an added bonus he discovered that the Superior Gloves on average lasted two-and-a-half weeks before a replacement pair was needed. The old A4s he used to use? His team went through those in less than a day.

Better performance, better quality, and better protection. Why not start a risk-free trial at your facility and see how comfortable ultimate cut protection can be!

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About Joe Geng
Vice President of Superior Glove