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Safety Fall Welder's Work Vest



MSRP $125.05

The flexible Ensolite® foam flotation pads cover a minimum body area to increase ventilation and promote freedom of movement. The WV-9D life jacket can be easily adjusted to fit most adults. This vest uses flame resistant webbing, thread, fabric, and stainless steel hardware. The low profile front pads allow room for a welder's mask. This work vest has a slot in the back to facilitate wearing over a fall restraint harness. Seahorse arrangement allows the snap hook and lanyard to be worn comfortably outside the life jacket.

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WV-9D Seahorse Welders Work Vest Orange Orange


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  • Slot in the back facilitates wearing a fall restraint harness
  • The best components are used to insure a long life of service
  • The PVC based closed-cell flotation foam will not absorb water if cut or punctured
  • Polyester cotton fiber is pigmented with flame resistant acrylic top coating
  • Taylortec Seahorse Gear brought to you by www.machovec.com
  • 1" olive green cotton webbing with fire retardant sizing
  • To help compensate for equipment or heavy clothing the user might be wearing, the buoyancy of this work vest is greater than the USCG minimum
  • Aluminum slides
  • The flexible foam flotation pads cover a minimum body area to increase ventilation and promote freedom of movement
  • Bright international orange coating passes Underwriters Laboratory flame test UL1123
  • Stainless steel closures
  • 17.5 lbs minimum buoyancy

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Approval: U.S.C.G. - UL1123 - Marine Buoyant Devices 160.053/88/0 - Type V

WV-9D Size Chart

Size Chest (inches) Waist (inches)
L 56" 55"
XL 62" 61"
2XL 68" 67"
3XL 74" 73"
4XL 80" 79"
5XL 86" 85"
6XL 92" 91"

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Formula to Determine Buoyancy

If a man weighs 200 pounds on land, he only weighs 10 pounds in the water.

80% of the human body is water. Water in the body has no weight in the water.

200 pounds x 80% = 160 pounds
200 pounds – 160 pounds = 40 pounds

The human body is 15% fat, fat is lighter than water.

200 pounds x 15% = 30 pounds
40 pounds – 30 pounds = 10 pounds

A 200 pound person only weighs 10 pounds in the water.

A U.S.C.G. approved Type V vest is mandated to have 17.5 pounds of buoyancy.

If a man weighs 350 pounds on land, he only weighs:

80% of the human body is water. Water in the body has no weight in the water.

350 x 80% = 280 pounds
350 pounds – 280 pounds = 70 pounds

The human body is 15% fat, fat is lighter than water.

350 pounds x 15% = 52.5 pounds
70 pounds – 52.5 pounds = 17.5 pounds

A 350 pound person weighs 17.5 pounds in the water.

Type V PFD

In regards to using Work Vests or any other Life Jacket, the saying goes “It can only save your life if you’re wearing it.” Less obvious is what to expect upon entering the water once you take an unexpected fall. Depending on the height from which you fall, position of your body when entering the water, along with any currents present you may be kep under longer than you think. Type V Vests are required by United States Coast Guard to have a minimum buoyant force of 17 ½ pounds. This is adequate buoyancy to keep your head, neck and the top of your shoulders above the water. You will rise to the surface more quickly with more body fat and air pockets in your clothing. A lean and muscular person will rise more slowly to the surface.

A person of 200 lbs weighs 10 lbs in the water, 80% of a person’s weight is water which has no weight in the water, and about 15% is fat, which is lighter than water, consequently, the real weight of the person in water is about 10 pounds.

Having your Vest fit snugly is key to survival. Loose fitting or unbuckled Vests can slip over your head when falling feet first, allowing you to sink much further down. Hold on to your Vest as you enter the water just in case. Nothing is more important at that moment than getting your mouth above the top of the waves. Once in the water pull your Vest down to make sure all of the buoyancy is under the water. This will get your mouth and nose as high as possible. Most Vests have a strap that goes under your arms to keep your vest from riding up. If it is missing then replacement is recommended. Vests wear out over time and will lose some of their buoyancy. Here’s a quick way to check for the minimum buoyancy of 17 ½ pounds. Attach 20 pounds of steel weight to the Vest. Dumb bell weights work just fine. Twenty pounds of steel weight weighs approximately 17 ½ pounds in the water. If your Vest floats above or just below the surface, it still meets the minimum required buoyancy. If it sinks it should be replaced. The foam in your Vest will lose its buoyancy if it is compressed under weight or crammed in storage. It’s best to hang them or set them on a shelf when not in use.

Humans are land dwellers and need a little help in the water.

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