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Winners of ‘Dirty Work’ contest honoured in all of their grimy glory

Richmond, VA - DuPont Protection Technologies has named Joel Turner, Robert Maddox, Dennis Rains and James White as the winners of the DuPont Tyvek 'Dirty Work' Photo Contest. The online contest demonstrated the many ways in which workers use...


Richmond, VA – DuPont Protection Technologies has named Joel Turner, Robert Maddox, Dennis Rains and James White as the winners of the DuPont Tyvek ‘Dirty Work’ Photo Contest. The online contest demonstrated the many ways in which workers use Tyvek garments to help keep safe and clean on the job. It’s interesting that a worker in Canada beat out entries from runners-up based in the United States.

For the contest, entrants were asked to submit original photos of themselves wearing a Tyvek garment after completing their dirty work” Entries were judged based on a variety of criteria, including how well the garment and dirty work were portrayed in the photo.

Joel Turner, who works in Ontario, was the grand prize winner, sending the grimiest photo of them all, capturing his garment covered in dirt and fireproofing material. As the grand prize winner, Turner received a $2,500 American Express gift card.

“My job is very dirty – spraying fireproofing material on steel. The mud we spray gets everywhere and it is wet, thick, and can harm your skin. In my job, I help keep buildings safe from collapse in case of fire. In turn, Tyvek is my lifesaver, it helps keep me dry and limits the amount of harmful sludge that contacts my skin,” said Turner.

Robert Maddox of DeRidder, LA, was the first prize winner, receiving a $500 American Express gift card for his photo taken in a hooded Tyvek coverall, hard hat and gloves after cleaning a rail car. The job was so dirty that the operator had to spend six hours vacuuming material from the car.

The next two runners-up were Dennis Rains of Hixson, TN, and James White of Gonzales, TX. Rains was covered nearly head to toe after cleaning out solids precipitated from a sulfuric acid pickling tank, while White submitted a photo of himself after changing out drums on the job at an oil refinery. Both Rains and White received $250 American Express gift cards.

Tyvek offers breathable barrier protection for a multitude of industrial uses including general maintenance, contracting and mould remediation. It helps keep wearers dry while also helping protect against a variety of aerosols, particles, dust, dirt and grime.

For more details, visit www.tyvekphotocontest.dupont.com.