DuPont Protection Technologies Announces Winners Of DuPont™ Tyvek® “Dirty Work” Contest

Tyvek® Wearers Honored in all of their Grimy Glory

DuPont Protection Technologies is pleased to announce 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. From fireproofing material to grimy, filthy sludge, DuPont™ Tyvek® helps provide comfortable and durable protection.

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 Tyvek® garment and “dirty work” were portrayed in the photo. Joel Turner of Ontario, Canada, was the grand prize winner, sending the grimiest photo of them all, capturing his Tyvek® covered in dirt and fireproofing material. As the grand prize winner, Joel 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 Joel Turner, grand prize winner.

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, Tenn., and James White of Gonzales, Texas. 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 mold remediation. It helps keep wearers comfortable and dry while also helping protect against a variety of aerosols, particles, dust, dirt and grime. To check out all the grimy entries please visit

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