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April 21, 2011

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Work-at-height product receives Royal approval

A company in Kent has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Innovation after it successfully developed an innovative work-at-height safety device.

The Checkmate Lifting and Safety received the award for its Xcalibre Fall Arrest Blocks, which are designed for use by workers operating at height, and in the event of a fall, arrests the worker and reduces peak forces to the body and the structure where it’s attached.

The accolade marks the third time that the company has won the award, as it previously received the award in 2004 and 2008. The firm’s managing director, Oliver Auston, was delighted that the quality of the product has been recognised. He said: “We passionately believe that innovation is a key to business success, and Xcalibre embodies that, allowing us to sell across the UK and the world against cheaper, foreign-made alternatives.”

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