Video: What Is Zero Harm Today?

At Boral Building Products, nothing means more than providing safe working environments and keeping employees from harm. Our Zero Harm Today initiative is dedicated to ensuring everyone, from the corporate office to the factory floor, goes home in the same condition they arrived.

“Nothing’s more important than the safety of our individuals, and it is very unique for a company to put that above all,” says Paul Tharrett, manager of Boral Building Products’ plant in Elkland, Pa.

Watch the video to hear more from Boral employees about how the company infuses safety into every aspect of operation—and what it means to them.


One of the ways Boral Building Products walks the walk is with the “Take 5” method for re-familiarizing oneself with a task. Learn more here.


Tapco Tools Introduces Two New Time-Saving Brake Accessories

Boral’s Tapco Tools, the industry leader in premium professional-grade contractor brakes, has added two new brake accessories to its offerings: the M2X gauge, an easy-to-use measuring tool that saves contractors as much as 50% of time, and the S2X, a material stop accessory that allows for two times faster cuts and repeat bends.

M2X Gauge

The M2X gauge eliminates the need for a tape measure and pencil when bending trim pieces in Tapco Tools’ contractor brakes. Named for its ability to Measure 2X as fast, the M2X includes an onboard measuring tape and two easy-to-attach, moveable brackets with corresponding measurement markings. Where once users had to measure, mark the bends (often front and back), and then move the trim to those marked positions, now they can simply place the material on the brake and move it to the scale on the M2X gauge accessory.

The result is as much as 50% faster bending—and the associated cost savings—along with increased accuracy and reduced waste. Pieces come out of the brake clean and ready to install, with no pencil marks or snip-cut marks on the finished product.

Learn more about the M2X here.

S2X Gauge

Securing onto the back of Tapco Tools siding brakes, the S2X gauge comprises two orange anodized aluminum material stops on two long bar/pivot assemblies adhered with white measuring tape and orange Cut Off tape. The user slides the stops along the bars to the desired measurement and secures in place with thumb screws. When material is inserted into the brake, the accessory stops the material at the precise spot for an accurate cut or repeat bends—no tape measures or pencil marks required.

The versatile tool allows for cuts with a utility knife (using the white measuring tape) or a Cut Off (using the orange Cut Off tape). Contractors also can stack material, continuing to move the piece inward as successive cuts are made, saving significant handling time.

Learn more about the S2X here.