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A denim factory in Turkey has nixed the sandblasting system known to cause fatal lung conditions in its workers. To give its jeans a weathered, broken-in look, Le Faxx turned to a technology it describes as “foolproof”: lasers. The Sivas-based firm purchased them from the United Kingdom in January to the tune of €250,000 ($347,500). Despite the princely sum, however, Le Faxx is already seeing a return on its investment, not only with no new cases of silicosis and silicotuberculosis but also with increased productivity.
“This system helps acquiring the worn-out look remarkably easier than with conventional sandblasting system,” Mürsel Önder, the company’s general manager, tells the Anatolia News Agency. “Therefore, it helped double our production capacity.”
The laser system has a built-in vent that sucks up the dust before they disperse into the air.
Unlike sandblasting, which discharges tiny silica particles that agitate lungs, the laser system has a built-in vent that sucks up the dust before they disperse into the air. The technology is so safe, in fact, that face masks are optional. “We are protecting our workers from exposure to dust,” Önder adds. “We attach great importance to guaranteeing healthy working conditions for them.”
No word if “pew pew pew” sound effects are included.