New helmet designed to provide all-round safety for A-one+ workers
Military technology used in the car industry has been added to safety helmets for the first time to create a unique helmet that offers high level protection from all angles.
Highways engineering provider A-one+ has teamed up with industry experts after failing to find a helmet on the market that offered the level of protection the company wants for its workforce.
A-one+ managing director Clive Leadbetter said the new design shows the company’s commitment to safety and innovation and praised the effort of staff who trialled dozens of models to find the perfect fit.
Working with Eurox (part of the Future Garments Manufacturing Group), the Manta SAR helmet has been fitted with bespoke modifications that provide additional face and head protection, no matter what task is being carried out.
The modified helmet has been fitted with a polycarbonate side plate, the material used to make car bumpers, to provide protection to the side of the head and the ears – the first time the material has been used in safety helmets in Europe.
Other improvements suggested by A-one+ include:
- enclosing the tightening mechanism within the helmet structure to ensure it can’t cause injury to the wearer on impact
- resizing the tightening mechanism to make it easier for larger fingers to adjust
- using photo-luminescent compound moulded into vent covers that absorb UV light during the day and glow in the dark at night
- fitting the helmet with built in drop down visor to provide extra face and neck protection
- adding strips of marine safety equipment standard retro-reflective tape to the sides, top and rear that takes light source and reflects back at the same level it absorbs light
The helmet has a high density outer shell which absorbs energy without transferring it to the wearer, linked to an expanded polystyrene liner for additional protection. The high performance and lateral rigidity means it is suitable and tested to the mountaineering and search and rescue marine standards.
Rigorous testing has seen the helmet impacted from all angles at 1,000 joules – standard highways industry helmets are tested only on the crown up to 50 joules.
A-one+ committed to finding better head protection for its engineers and operational staff after analysing records of slips, trips and falls on the network and in our depots.
The results showed that traditional helmets left the sides and the back of the head vulnerable in case of impact, especially as it could easily fall off.
A-one+ contacted suppliers and asked them to provide helmets that would stay secure in case of a slip, trip or fall as well as meeting the wide variety of tasks carried out on the highways network.
After ten weeks of trials and feedback from operational staff the British-made Manta helmet was adapted to offer the best standard of all round protection for A-one+’s workforce.
The final helmet is lightweight and can be fitted with the full a range of accessories such as visors and hearing protectors. It is fastened securely with a four harness strap which will prevent the helmet from falling off and ensuring the wearer is protected from impact from all angles and at all times.
Clive Leadbetter, Managing Director, A-one+ said: “This helmet is an industry game-changer. Acting on slips and trips that resulted in head injuries we quickly realised that although protective equipment is always the last resort, standard construction hats were not affording the level of protection that we need in the highway maintenance sector. Our biggest risks are the potential for harm working within close proximity to live traffic and on hard surfaces.
“We have seen huge leaps forward in head protection for the leisure industry but nothing in reality has moved within the construction engineering environment. This helmet gives our people enhanced protection and is a more secure and stable fit. The four harness fastening is vital to make sure that the helmet stays in place during impact and the extra protection we have added provides much improved all round-cover for the wearer. We will always strive towards mitigating the risks of any level of harm however we should always ensure we are giving our road workers the best protection we can. “
Steve Pultney, Sales Director, Future Garments t/a Eurox said: “Eurox is proud to have been part of this collaboration utilising the vey latest state of the art technology.
“The support and feedback from all levels within A-one+ allowed us to exceed the boundaries of performance and comfort in the development of this new industrial helmet.
“Our personal thanks go to Future Safety Ltd the manufacturer and developer of this very exciting new industrial helmet which rigorously took to the challenge and delivered prototypes for trial within the agreed timelines.
“It is also something special to encourage British manufacturing in the development of exciting and innovative new products to benefit the health and wellbeing of employees.”
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