RAW PARTS FOREMAN PUTS RIDGECUT TO THE TEST
When 60 pounds of razor-sharp steel fell on Greg Choate’s leg, he assumed he’d have to go to the hospital
By Ashley Greene Bernick
Greg Choate had only been at work 15 or 20 minutes when the incident happened.
As a raw inventory foreman for a steel manufacturer outside Nashville, Tennessee, Greg regularly works with unfinished and potentially dangerous materials. “That’s the biggest issue we have with raw parts: Until paint gets put on them and the edges are smoothed, it’s like dealing with hacksaw blades,” he says.
Along with personal protective equipment, Greg has to wear durable workwear to stay safe on the job, day in and day out. The morning of the incident, without giving much thought to the decision, Greg just so happened to try out the new Ridgecut Ultra Work Pants his wife had bought him the day before.
Shortly after arriving at the factory that morning, Greg caught a glance of a rack containing unfinished parts. He noticed about eight or nine of the parts, which resemble jagged posts, on the top shelf were stacked incorrectly. “The parts are 3 inches wide by 72 inches long. They weigh about 6 to 7 pounds apiece,” Greg says. “They’re used to make shelving units. Before they’re painted, they’ve got sharp edges.”
“The parts had been put in the rack incorrectly and were sitting diagonally, sticking out more than they needed to be,” he explains.
Greg walked over to the rack, reached overhead and pulled out the protruding parts to stack them on the lower shelf properly. With the heavy parts in his gloved hands, he took a few steps backwards and tripped over an empty pallet.
“I lost my balance and fell, and as a fight-or-flight instinct when I was falling, I just knew to get the parts away from my head,” Greg says. “When I pushed them away from my chest and my head, they landed directly on my right thigh—every one of them.”
After the fall, Greg looked down, expecting blood. “I just knew my leg would be chopped up,” he says. But the parts never penetrated the Ridgecut pants’ fabric.
“They left a softball-size bruise on my thigh, but they never actually cut through them,” he says.
After regaining his bearings, Greg walked over to his phone. “I texted a picture of [my leg] to my wife and wrote, ‘Well, thanks, honey, for the pants. They may have just saved us a couple-thousand-dollar ER bill—or worse.’”
“They did their job. I’ve been wearing these pants ever since,” Greg says.
RIDGECUT: BUILT TOUGH FOR COMFORT AND WEAR
Along with helping him stay safe on the job, Greg appreciates the comfort and design of the Ridgecut workwear line.
“I’m a big dude. It’s hard to find clothes that fit me right. The Ridgecut clothes fit pretty good. I like them,” he says.
“They put extra work in the areas that a lot of people don’t think about.” Greg’s wife regularly jokes that he has bear paws for hands, and he often can’t fit his hands in the pockets of regular jeans comfortably. “The bigger pockets on the Ridgecuts are awesome,” he says.
Another great feature for people working jobs like Greg: “That double-knee is pretty awesome for getting down in gravel,” he says.
Ashley Greene Bernick is the editor of Out Here.