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September 12, 2012

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Knee pads – Redbacks

The manufacturer of a new non foam-based safety kneepad, which ‘memorises’ its original form without reducing its cushioning effect from consecutive or prolonged use, says it has been developed as a result of four years of research and development.

It explains that the thermoplastics used in the new kneepads will perform at a higher cushioning rate for a much longer period of time than EVA or PU equivalents. The Redbacks™ kneepads feature a red-coloured, soft and flexible TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) leaf-spring, set within a honeycomb matrix. These are said to distribute body weight evenly, elevating the knees to reduce pressure on knee, leg, ankle and foot joints while minimising the risk of injury from sharp or penetrating objects to a resistance force of 100N, as specified by SATRA Type 2, Level 1, and defined by EN14404:2004 + A1:2010.

The manufacturer says they are light, flexible and fit easily and comfortably into most knee-pocketed work trousers. The breathable, ‘non-slip’ pads, with abrasion-resistant covers, keep wearers cool and dry in hot or damp conditions and protect the knees from cold surfaces.

The company points out that Redbacks™ are fully CE-approved  and were the 2012 winner of SATRA’s Best Innovation in Occupational PPE. To find out more, go to

Barbour Download: Guide to Working at Height

Work at any height can cause injury; a fall from a height of just one or two steps can cause serious injury. In Great Britain in 2016/17, there were 25 fatalities attributed to falls from height, with more than half of those occurring in the construction Industry.

The Regulations were amended in 2007 to extend their application to those who work at height providing instruction or leadership to one or more people engaged in caving or climbing by way of sport, recreation, team building or similar activities in Great Britain.

This guide contains:

  • Duties of persons in control of work at height;
  • Duties of persons undertaking work at height;
  • General controls when working at height;
  • Method statement for work at height;
  • And much more.

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