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��A Safety Coat for Workmen. It Pulls Apart in Sections

TWO million machineshop workers in the United States read safety bulletins each week and operate machinery equipped with every kind of safety appliance which money will buy. Yet not a week goes by but several careless workmen are in- jured and one or two killed outright be- cause of their own reck- lessness. One of the most common forms of acci- dents is the catching of loose and exposed gar- ments in revolving shafts, pulleys and other moving machinery.

Only recently a man wearing a ragged sleeve while turning a bolt on a machine in an Omaha shop was stripped to his waist. By a miracle his life was saved. Had he worn the safety garment illustrated on this page

��he would have lost part of the coat only. Herbert P. Andrews, of Portland, Oregon, the inventor, has designed the coat in sec- tions in such a way that any unusual pull on any particular section will detach it bodily from the rest of the garment.

The coat is not sewed together at the seams, but is fastened, one section to the other, by snap fasteners. Thus any section may be detached without tearing the rest of the garment or endangering the life of the wearer. If the workman is fortunate enough to see the machinery catch his coat, he can pull himself away instantly, losing only one section of the coat. The snap hooks and fasteners do not detract from the general appearance of the coat, and it meets all the demands for ordinary wear.

��Motor Attachment Which Prevents Injury to Rowboat Screw

WITH the marketing by a Western con- cern of a tilting motor attachment, the motor-driven rowboat comes into its own. In the past when beaching the boats or when passing through shallow water, the propellers of rowboats using motor power were endangered. In a boat of such light draft as the rowboat, the propellers have to be held below the bottom of the boat to afford it sufficient "push." This, of course, is unsafe; for in beaching the boat, or in passing a rock or a snag in shallow water, the propellers are likely to be snapped off or bent out of alinement.

The tilting motor attachment prevents such an accident. The entire propelling ap- paratus is mounted on the flexible tilting attach- ment, so that if anything strikes against the back of the propeller the ap- paratus automatically tilts up and the pro- peller clears the obstruc- tion without injury.

���If the low-sunken propellerhits a rock it swings up on its tilting attachment and clears the ob- struction in safety

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