Cut Resistant Clothing In Glass Production And Processing

Cut Resistant Clothing In Glass Production And Processing

CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing has become an essential piece of PPE in glass production and processing plants.  Such plants can be dangerous places to work. They combine the ‘standard’ hazards of any industrial manufacturing facility with a pretty heavy, rather difficult-to-handle and indeed very breakable material.

Not many other industries handle products and raw materials that are as dangerous as glass.

The American Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2015, the flat glass manufacturing segment reported an incidence rate of 5.7 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time worker. A figure higher than the total injury rate of 3.8 for all manufacturing and 4.7 for all non-metallic mineral manufacturing.

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In order to prevent cut injuries, laceration and accidents in general, and in order keep workers safe, employers should establish a safety culture that combines, personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety training with enforcement.

For most of our customers in the glass industry PPE is the last line of defence against cut injuries. Safety training is their priority, but most will agree when I say that sometimes even the best of training is not enough.  We human beings simply ‘forget’ or become complacent. A poor night sleep, personal issues that pressure us or other things in life can sometimes lead to human errors.  This is when safety equipment, such as cut resistant clothing plays its roll.

It is somehow like a seat belt in the car.  We may well drive our car every single day.  We have been taught how to drive that car and we even passed a legal test to verify that we are ‘good enough’ to drive it. In fact, we might even have an additional ‘advanced driving skills’ qualifications and no penalty points on our license. But… there may well be the day where we simply are not paying the necessary attention and we crash.  That’s when the seat belt will have a fundamental impact on the outcome of the injuries.  Cut resistant clothing is like that seat belt. It will either prevent injuries or reduce the severity of such.

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PPE is required for all employees who work on the glass factory or fabrication floor, and cut resistant clothing is part of the ‘PPE’ family.  It is worn to reduce the risk of injury for those who handle or work with flat glass.

Cut resistant clothing is critical, particularly protecting key areas incl all areas harbouring any of the major arteries. These areas include the neck, upper under arm, upper inside leg and wrist. The cutting of any of these main blood vessels would lead to rapid blood loss, subsequent shock and potentially fatalities.

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Most companies within the glass industry have a minimum PPE requirement for all workers in a factory.  They will most likely also have specific PPE requirements for workers in specific jobs, based on an established risk assessment.

For those physically handling raw glass, hand and wrist protection is usually a standard minimum. It is recommended that as the size of the glass and handling of it increases, protection to additional areas of the body must also increase.

Please read the rather informative article of Robert Kaiser, CEO of PPSS Group: “Cut Resistant Clothing In The Glass Industry

Safety Training

Effective safety training must begin on day one of any employment and such training must never stop.  It must be ongoing or frequently.  It must always be in the forefront of all worker’s mind.

Management must also make it for all workers to report the unsafe behaviour of co-workers.  They must also thoroughly investigate all accidents or injuries when they occur, just as they should track and examine near-misses, to establish any behaviour patterns of an individual or that of the entire group.

Ensuring worker safety in the glass industry, production or fabrication environment must mean a proper culture of safety must be established. Safety policies need to be implemented, but also enforced consistently. Workers must be hold accountable if implemented policies are not being followed or indeed, if cut resistant clothing is not being worn, despite the fact the wearing of such has been made compulsory.

Discipline and personal accountability for the choices and actions taken by workers are not optional or subject to how one feels on a given day. This conduct will resonate with employees if you have a disciplined and controlled approach to safety and workers are accountable for their actions.

 

Cut Resistant Clothing Can Help Protect Glass Workers

Cut Resistant Clothing Can Help Protect Glass Workers

Flat glass production and processing facilities, as well as glaziers have long been in need for CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing 

Designed to replace standard work wear, this great new pioneering brand of protective clothing has become a real conversation piece between health and safatey professionals in these industries.Cut Resistant Clothing In The Glass Industry

Several globally respected organisations have recently highlighted the severe risk of cut injuries within the glass industry and urged companies to take greater responsibility and further improve personal safety.

The International Labour Organization Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety stated very recently that the main risks for professionals working in the glass manufacturing sector are lacerations and cuts.

According to the U.S. Department of Labour, glass manufacturers have a total incidence rate of occupational injuries of 13.2% of all full-time employees.

In addition, the International Labour Organization published their thoughts on this subject matter when stating that glass manufacturers have a total lost workday incidence rate of 6.5% per year. 93% of the lost workdays are the direct result of cut injuries with the glass industry.

Cut resistant clothing can help mitigate risks when handling glass

Especially the manual handling of flat glass involves the risk of serious cut injury. The prime locations for such injuries are factories where flat or laminated glass is being produced or processed. Serious accidents happen particularly in factories or facilities where glass is subsequently handled manually.

Routinely handling large sheets of glass involves the risk of being struck by falling glass. The loading of glass sheets onto the vehicles equally represents a realistic risk, especially when the load can fall sideways.

Even though the glass might shatter into smaller pieces, the fragments can still cause lacerations. If the cuts are deep, they can be very damaging to internal organs, muscles, ligaments and tendons alike. The cutting of a main artery can lead to rapid blood loss, shock and even fatalities.

Most senior health and safety professionals advice that cut resistant clothing should be worn wherever glass is handled manually.

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The potential legal repercussions for not issuing cut resistant clothing

British company Nicholls & Clarke Glass Limited was prosecuted back in 2009 and ultimately found guilty in 2009 for braking health and safety laws. They had failed to ensure the personal safety of their workers, after an employee suffered severe cuts and lacerations.

  • Ian S. was working in the toughening section of the firm’s glass factory in Bedfordshire, UK.
  • On that day he picked up a big piece of glass, which cracked and smashed into pieces.
  • A large glass splinter cut his right arm and severed an artery, muscle and nerve.
  • His injury required immediate medical attention, surgery and 250 stitches.
  • The PPE (cut resistant clothing) provided by Nicholls & Clarke Glass Limited was insufficient.
  • During the legal proceedings it became known that the company had failed to report a comparable event which had seriously injured another worker back in June 2008.
  • The company was ultimately found guilty of not having done everything in their power to ensure the safety of the employees.

Cut injuries within the glass industry come with a price. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, lacerations and cuts, which are not immediately and correctly treated can subsequently become infected and can cost in excess of $6,000 USD (£4,500 GBP) in associated medical expenses, such as lost employee time as well as potential healthcare claims.

As previously stated, accidents will always happen, usually and simply due human errors. However, while accidents will always occur, the related costs don’t necessarily have to. Insurers, physicians and business owners will all agree, appropriate cut resistant clothing, PPE and First Aid training can help reduce the financial repercussions of any incidents.

What can we do?

Providing satisfactory data, material and training on safety precautions and the handling of glass is simply crucial in order to create a safe system of work, which ultimately is a legal requirement in most countries.

Nevertheless, we must also accept that the risk of injuries will always be a part of reality because human error occurs. We humans are not perfect, we forget, we suffer from lack of sleep, we become ill, we become negligent, especially when doing the very same day every single day we are at work.

Following well published accidents at work, the legal consequences for employers, the cut injuries themselves and even the loss of life, many glass producers and other firms dealing with the processing of flat glass and other types of glass have now issued their workers with suitable and operationally sound cut resistant clothing.

Please read our CEO’s rather informative article: “Cut Resistant Clothing In The Glass Industry

CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing

CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing

Cut resistant clothing has been an essential part of PPE within the flat glass and sheet metal production and processing industry for many years.

Both glass and metal are two exceptional materials. However, we also know that working with either can present the risk of sustaining lacerations and cuts.

CutPRO® is a pioneering brand of high performance cut resistant clothing. Specially created for those in need of quality, durable and user-friendly workwear, its level of protection is outstanding.

CutPRO Cut Resistant Clothing

Together with a multi award winning Department of Apparel of one of the UK’s leading Universities, PPSS Group decided to take ’durability’ and ‘quality’ to a completely different level.

Following extensive research and contribution from health and safety professionals of leading flat glass and sheet metal processing companies from around the world, CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing was launched in 2018.

CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing | Performance Levels

All cut resistant garments are made out of 100% Cut-Tex® PRO a globally respected, ultra-high performance, light, durable and easy to wear fabric that is in excess of 5 times more cut resistant than Kevlar® products rated level 3 at 5N.

In terms of performance it really doesn’t get much better than this. CutPRO® garments are offering ANSI/ISEA 2016 Blade Cut Resistance Level A5.

It also offers Cut Resistance Level E and the highest levels of abrasion, puncture and tear resistance possible (according to EN 388:2016 – Protection Against Mechanical Risks). Based on the previous standard EN388:2003 CutPRO® garments offer Level 5.

It is also important to us to highlight that we do not produce neither the raw fabric and nor our finished garments in China or the Far East.  The raw fabric is produced in the UK and all garments are being produced in the European Union.  This was and is of greatest importance. The quality, as well as the condition of the production had to be ‘right’ and ‘good’.

All garments are fully CE marked (Cat II PPE) and they do of course comply with all legal standards and requirements.

According to the UK’s HSE Guide to handling sharp metal information sheet:

“Injuries resulting from the manual handling of objects and materials with sharp edges are common… data from firms show that as many as a third of all injuries recorded are caused by cuts from sharp metal during handling.”

We believe that there are differences between one flat glass company and another…. we also believe that there are differences between one sheet metal company and another. The differences might be based on one of several of the following:

  • History of accidents and precise type/location of cut injuries
  • Precise operational tasks (manual handling Vs automatization)
  • Operational risks, especially in regard to ‘risk of laceration’
  • Temperature of environment

Based on this we don’t believe in a ‘one garment fits all approach’, hence we have designed a range of cut resistant clothing for you to pick from.

CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing can effectively help you replace three types of workwear:

  • Workwear/Uniform – our products have been designed to look like standard workwear uniform but come with options of colours and your company logo can be added too.
  • Cut Resistant PPE – its cut resistant properties of our products will most likely eliminate any need for extra layers or garments.
  • Hi-Vis Clothing – some companies require make it compulsory for workers to wear additional clothing complying with hi-visibility standards.  To replace the need for such, we can add high visibility tape/high visibility colours.

Please view our website www.cut-pro.com and contact us in case you wish do discuss your requirements of cut resistant clothing.

Please also read our CEO’s rather informative article: “Cut Resistant Clothing In The Glass Industry

Funcionario de prisiones recomienda protección anticorte después de sobrevivir a un escandaloso asalto.

Un funcionario de prisiones, que ha sobrevivido a uno de los ataques más atroces que se recuerdan a funcionarios de prisiones en Reino Unido, recomienda el uso de protección anticorte y anticuchilladas con el fin de proteger a sus compañeros.

Craig Wylde, quien fue asaltado brutalmente en la prisión de alta seguridad de Frankland, el13 de marzo de 2010, cree firmemente que la gravedad de sus lesiones se habría reducido significativamente de haber estado equipado con una camiseta resistente a cortes y cuchilladas.

Craig quedó después del incidente con una arteria de su brazo izquierdo cortada, y actualmente está tomando 30 pastillas al día para hacer frente a los dolores físicos y psicológicos. A Craig también se le ha diagnosticado trastorno por estrés postraumático o TEPT.

El, ahora está muy interesado en la campaña para una mejora de la seguridad de sus compañeros de prisiones y correccionales de todo el mundo, sugiriendo que las prendas de protección y resistencia a los cortes es una opción real para ayudar a reducir la violencia en el trabajo en relación a las lesiones por cortes dentro de este sector.

Camiseta PPSS con resistencia a cortes y cuchilladas.

El Grupo anglosajón PPSS es el principal fabricante mundial de prendas de vestir con este tipo de protección

Su director ejecutivo Robert Kaiser, su equipo de trabajo y numerosos oficiales de cárceles y correccionales indican, que sin lugar a dudas este tipo de EPI’s (Equipos de Protección Individual) tiene un sentido operativo incuestionable al no restringir el movimiento del usuario y/o afectar a sus funciones.

“No hay duda, que este tipo de camisetas con protección anticorte ocultable, se lleva cómodamente debajo del uniforme de los funcionarios de prisiones de una manera no agresiva y de esa manera, ayudar a reducir el riesgo de lesiones en el lugar de trabajo relacionadas con la violencia dentro de las cárceles”, afirma Robert Kaiser.

Y continúa diciendo: “¿Qué ha pasado con Craig Wylde? Él sabe muy bien que no podemos dar marcha atrás al tiempo. Sin embargo, ambos sentimos muy firmemente que hay que hacer algo, de lo contrario, pronto se verá alguna víctima mortal en este sector, que podrían prevenirse mediante el uso correcto de este tipo correcto de EPI’s.

Reciente del blog de Robert Kaiser ha publicado una entrada titulada Un funcionario de prisiones recomienda el uso de camisetas resistentes a cortes después de sobrevivir a un ataque ‘también cuenta con un video de prueba del producto y enlaces relacionados con el, y sin duda ayudara a abrir muchos nuevos debates sobre este tema.

Los EPI’s no eliminan el riesgo de lesiones relacionadas con violencia en el trabajo, si no que reducen el riesgo en un entorno donde se ha detectado un peligro.

Robert Kaiser y Craig Wylde están incidiendo en los riesgos a los que los funcionarios de prisiones se enfrentan cada día al ir a trabajar. Ellos parecen estar decididos a asegurar que la solicitud de estos profesionales se solucione por medio de estos EPI’s y sus solicitudes no sean ignoradas

El grupo británico PPSS Group está especializado en el desarrollo de protectores corporales, chalecos antibalas, chalecos anti-armas blancas y ropa resistente a los cortes además de su tela de resistencia a los cortes Cut-Tex® PRO esta tela innovadora es una de las telas más fuertes del mundo en cuanto a ropa anticorte se refiere, y se está utilizando para la fabricación de ropa y equipamiento dirigido a proteger al cuerpo policial, militar, servicios de emergencias, prisiones y profesionales de la seguridad privada en todo el mundo.

Robert Kaiser, es director ejecutivo de grupo PPSS, y es considerado a nivel mundial como uno de los mayores expertos en cuanto a protección personal y seguridad se refiere. Es frecuentemente invitado a hablar delante de grandes audiencias sobre los últimos avances de protección para los cuerpos de seguridad nacional y servicios nacionales de primera línea. Él está actuando como asesor de chalecos antibalas para un alto número de organizaciones, asociaciones, sindicatos y administraciones públicas.

For intellectual property/copyright reasons, Cut-Tex PRO labelled products cannot be sold and delivered to Germany!

Après avoir survécu à une atroce agression, un gardien de prison recommande le port de vêtements anti-coupure.

Le 8 juin 2012, j’ai eu le véritable plaisir de rencontrer Craig Wylde, un fier ex-soldat d’infanterie reconverti en gardien de prison et qui fut gravement blessé, il y a à peine 2 ans, suite à une horrible agression organisée par un condamné à perpétuité et triple meurtrier, Kevan Thakrar.

L’agression en question eu lieu le 13 Mars 2010 à la prison de haute sécurité de Frankland, ici au Royaume-Uni, et obligea Craig à se battre pour survivre à l’agression  violente que lui et deux de ses collègues ont subi ce jour-là. Après l’agression, Craig s’est retrouvé avec l’artère de son bras gauche sectionnée, ce qui a complètement bouleversé  sa vie. J’ai passé quelques heures avec Craig et sa femme (suivi de plusieurs rencontres et conversations avec lui depuis) et je peux témoigner à quel point cette agression et les blessures qui en ont résultées ont impacté la vie quotidienne de cette magnifique et jeune famille. Cela semble incroyable, mais il n’en demeure pas moins vrai, qu’une «blessure au bras» de ce type peut causer un niveau de détresse immense, une douleur intense constante et mettre à rude épreuve une famille toute entière. Craig prend actuellement 30 comprimés par jour pour faire face à tous les problèmes physiques et psychologiques auxquels il est confronté depuis l’agression. L’image ci-dessous montre la plaie ouverte à l’intérieur de son bras gauche, que Kevan Thakrar a causé avec un tesson de bouteille.

Le deuxième gardien de prison agressé suite à l’incident ci-dessus était Claire Lewis. Ayant également parlé à Claire à un certain nombre de reprises, je dois souligner l’impact massif que cette attaque a également eu sur sa vie personnel et bien sûr sur sa vie de famille. La détresse psychologique, la blessure physique et les limites que cette blessure va imposer à sa vie, sont des questions qu’elle aura à faire face pour le restant de ses jours. Encore une fois … Kevan Thakrar est responsable de cette blessure horrible. Pour une raison démente ou à cause d’une maladie mentale, il a décidé d’utiliser la bouteille cassée qu’il avait déjà utilisé pour blesser gravement Craig Wylde, et a poignardé l’officier  de prison Claire Lewis dans le dos avec.

Je n’ai pas l’intention de m’étendre plus sur cet acte de violence largement rapporté et bien documenté, pas plus que je ne mettrai en évidence quelques-unes des importantes et graves erreurs opérationnelles qui ont été faites au sein de la prison de haute sécurité de Frankland pendant ce week-end infâme et douloureux. Moi qui suit un homme qui croit profondément aux procédures opérationnelles standard … tout ce que je peux dire, c’est que cela me brise le cœur et m’a sérieusement secoué !!!

Ce qui suit sont quelques-unes de mes propres réflexions personnelles et commentaires sur la question. Cela me tenait à coeur de mettre par écrit des réflexions et commentaires, afin d’encourager d’autres professionnels à initier une discussion autour de cette question et aussi afin d’obtenir enfin l’attention du public sur ce qui est nécessaire pour faire la différence.

Malheureusement, c’est un fait, la sécurité personnelle et le bien-être des agents de police sont beaucoup plus médiatisés et portés aux yeux du publics que le service primordiale que nos gardiens de prison fournissent ou que les dangers auxquels ces professionnels sont confrontés chaque jour. D’une certaine manière c’est un peu compréhensible (bien que faux), car le public est certainement plus désireux de voir les policiers patrouiller dans leur quartier et leur donner un certain sentiment de sécurité. Les gardiens de prison, d’autre part, sont beaucoup plus «hors de la vue” et par conséquent sont beaucoup plus oubliés par le public. Je nesaispas, mais avez-vous déjà été témoin de  discussions publiques sur la question de la sécurité des gardiens de prison? C’est difficile à imaginer, je suppose. Mais, les gardiens de prison ne méritent-ils pas au moins le même support, attention et respect, que les autres services de securité publique de première ligne?

Je me demandais avant ma première rencontre avec Craig Wylde, il y a quelques semaines, ce qu’il voulait faire ressortir de notre rendez-vous. Maintenant, après avoir parlé à Craig en profondeur, je suis vraiment surpris par son comportement et ses pensées. Alors, que demande t’il?

de la sympathie? NON!

Une revanche? NON!

Que justice soit faite? Eh bien, peut-être … mais croyez-moi … la justice l’a abandonné d’une manière scandaleuse. Il est possible qu’il ait été contraint d’accepter le jugement depuis, qui a vu son agresseur prétendre à un SSPT (syndrome de stress post-traumatique) et a de fait balayé deux chefs d’accusation pour assassinat et trois chefs d’accusations pour coups et blessures avec l’intention, mais je dois dire (et cela peut ne pas paraître trés gentil) que j’espère du fond de MON cœur qu’un certain juge dans ce monde se démène chaque nuit pour trouver le sommeil.

Mais qu’est-ce que Craig veut? Il est très décidé à faire en sorte que quelque chose soit fait pour aider à améliorer la sécurité personnelle de ses compatriotes de prisons et des agents correctionnels à travers le monde … et après l’avoir rencontré à quelques reprises maintenant, j’ai le sentiment qu’il ne va pas se reposer jusqu’à ce que ce que ce soit fait.

Il veut que les décideurs et  politiques, ainsi que ceux qui sont chargés de veiller à la santé et la sécurité de ses collègues, retiennent la leçon de ce qui lui est arrivé. Craig  sent que quelque chose doit être fait afin de réduire le risque que cela se reproduise. Sa campagne pourrait bien sauver la vie de quelqu’un dans le futur!

Son désir d’améliorer la sécurité personnelle de ses collègues se heurte jusqu’à présent à de sourdes oreilles. Aucun acte notable en dehors d’un rapport des faits n’a été fait pour faire améliorer la sécurité de ces professionnels (27 mois après l’agression ci-dessus). Oh … avant que j’oublie, oui, des bouteilles en verre ont été retirées de la plupart des installations pénitentiaires. Savez-vous que les jambes aiguisées de cadre de la table / lit, les morceaux de céramique (détaché de lavabos), les lames de rasoir dissimulées dans des brosses à dents sont beaucoup plus «populaires» que les bouteilles en verre? Mais,  au fait, pourquoi y a t’il jamais eu de bouteille en verre, en premier lieu?

Quoi qu’il en soit, j’ai très récemment écrit un blog sur l’utilisation potentielle des gilets pare-coups dans les prisons et les établissements correctionnels … mais Craig met en évidence un autre type de protection auquel il croit fermement, tout comme moi-même et le reste de mon équipe dévouée et passionnée.

le T-shirt anti-coupure de PPSS

Après l’assaut à la prison de haute sécurité de Frankland ci-dessus en 2010, nous avons développé une EPI (équipement de protection individuelle) beaucoup plus discret : le T-shirt anti-coupure de PPSS !

Nous parlons ici de vêtements qui peuvent être portés sous une chemise d’agent de prison, afin de réduire le risque de coupure ou de lacération (je m’en expliquerai plus en détail dans quelques lignes).

Le rôle d’un équipement de protection individuelle en général n’est pas d’éliminer le risque de blessures liées à la violence au travail … son rôle essentiel est de RÉDUIRE LE RISQUE dans un environnement où un risque a été identifié! Alors, fort de cette précision, soyons un peu honnête le temps d’un instant, et posons-nous la question: Y a t-il un risque d’agressions sur le personnel pénitentiaire dans une prison de catégorie A, B, ou même C ? Ce risque est-il suffisamment élevé pour justifier que l’on s’interroge sur certain type d’équipement de protection?

La réponse à cette question dépend beaucoup du niveau de respect et d’attention que nous accordons à  ces professionnels.

Cette question est trés similaire à la question du port de la ceinture de sécurité dans notre voiture. Nous n’utilisons pas la ceinture de sécurité aujourd’hui dans nos véhicules parce que nous sommes sûr d’avoir un accident. Pas plus que nous n’utilisons la ceinture de sécurité parce que nous sommes effrayés ou paranoïaques, inquiétant de constater que nous pourrions avoir un accident aujourd’hui. Non, pas du tout! La raison pour laquelle nous portons une ceinture de sécurité est que nous comprenons que nous avons une plus grande chance de survie au cas où un tiers ivre, jouant sur son téléphone mobile ou  simplement distrait pour tout autre raison, vienne s’encastrer dans notre voiture, en dépit de nos propres compétences de conduite aussi bonne soient-elle.

La ceinture de sécurité ne nous sauvera probablement pas la vie si une autre personne nous percute de front à une vitesse de 300 km/h. Toutefois, elle veillera à ce que nous puissions survivre à la grande majorité de tous les accidents potentiels … il s’agit de RÉDUIRE LE RISQUE!

Maintenant, revenons à la question précédente. A quel point nous préoccupons-nous des autres? Si mon enfant est assis sur le siège arrière de ma voiture, je vais m’assurer qu’il porte une ceinture de sécurité. Si l’un de mes proches est assis dans ma voiture je vais également m’assurer qu’ils portent une ceinture de sécurité. Si d’autres personnes, dans d’autres voitures, dans d’autres pays et surd’autres planètes décident qu’ils n’aiment pas les ceintures de sécurité … c’est leur choix personnel et je ne m’en soucie guère!

Donc, encore une fois … à quel point nous soucions-nous de la sécurité personnelle des agents de prisons et de correctionnels, et sommes-nous prêts à changer les choses?

Basé sur l’opinion de Craig et sa compréhension opérationnelle, basé sur les observations personnelles que nous avons reçues de plusieurs dizaines de ses collègues de partout dans le monde, et basé sur mes (et celles de mes collègues) nombreuses années d’expérience de première ligne opérationnelle de mise en application de la loi et d’opérations de sécurité à haut risque, nous avons tous le sentiment que des t-shirts de haute performance, résistant et anti-coupure pourrait être une véritable option sensée, une solution, ce qui rendrait incontestable le sens opérationnel et ne restreindrait pas le porteur ni dans ses mouvements, ni dans ses fonctions. Nous sommes réellement convaincus que la gravité de la blessure aurait été considérablement réduit si Craig et Claire avaient été équipés d’un tel T-shirt anti-coupure.

Visonnez cette vidéo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRPy06ppL-4

De tels t-shirts ou haut anti-coupure pourraient-ils éliminer le risque de blessures liées à la violence au travail? Non, surement pas!

Vont-ils réduire le risque de blessures liées à la violence au travail? Oui, c’est 100% garanti!

Les vêtements anti-coupure PPSS sont fabriqués en Cut-Tex® PRO, un textile de haute technologie largement acclamé et d’ores et déjà porté par des centaines de professionnels de la sécurité intérieure à travers le monde. Il a été testé selon les normes de résistance à la coupure européennes, internationales et américaines et offre une résistance à la coupure, à la déchirure et à l’abrasion jusqu’ici inégalée.

Grâce à la conception du tissu et des vêtements, les vêtements anti-coupure PPSS sont en mesure de protéger l’artère carotide (dans la gorge), l’artère radiale (dans le poignet), l’artère fémorale (dans la cuisse) ou l’artère axillaire, le principal vaisseau sanguin se trouvant sous vos aisselles, et souvent exposé au cours de la légitime défense, étant donné que la personne agressée aura pour réflexe de protéger sa tête et son visage avec sa main ou son bras. Une artère axillaire sectionnée conduirait à une perte massive de sang et entraînerait la mort de la personne agressée en quelques minutes … mort certaine à laquelle Craig Wylde a échappé à quelques secondes près.

Je voudrais vous inviter à nouveau à vous pencher sur ce qui peut être fait, et ce que vous êtes prêt à faire, afin d’améliorer la sécurité personnelle de ces professionnels.

Je comprends parfaitement qu’il faut veiller à ce qu’ils ne suscitent pas la confrontation, l’agressivité ou l’autorité, et je comprends aussi que nous vivons dans un monde où l’accès aux ressources financières est limité.

Cependant, ce qui est arrivé à Craig Wylde et Claire Lewis est arrivé. Tous les deux ne savent que trop bien que nous ne pouvons pas remonter le temps. Mais ce dont nous sommes tous convaincus c’est que quelque chose doit se passer, sinon nous serons plutôt tôt que tard les témoins d’une autre fatalité dans ce secteur, une fatalité qui pourrait être évitée par la distribution du bon type d’EPI.

J’ai déjà mentionné son nom dans mon précédent blog, mais s’il vous plaît permettez-moi de le faire une fois de plus. Jason Palmer, un ex-Marine né aux Etats-Unis, fut le premier gardien de prison en Nouvelle-Zélande, à mourir en service actif en 2010. Sa mort a soulevé de sérieuses préoccupations au sujet de la sécurité personnelle des agents pénitentiaires en Nouvelle-Zélande et dans d’autres pays, et suscité des demandes provenant de plusieurs  associations pour demander l’équipement des agents de prison et d’établissement correctionnels avec des gilets pare-coups et / ou de gilets pare-balles s’en approchant.

Ce blog / article est ma contribution pour s’assurer que cette demande ne sera pas ignoré ou oublié.

Si vous souhaitez vous exprimer et nous aider à mieux comprendre votre secteur, merci d’avoir la gentillesse de prendre 5 minutes de votre temps et de remplir le sondage suivant: SONDAGE

Vos commentaires seront grandement apprécié!

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Si vous avez un message pour Craig Wylde … soyez assuré que je lui ferai personnellement parvenir votre message dès que je l’aurai … mais seulement les bons.

Quant aux foutaises, messages stupides ou méchants, vous pouvez les adresser à Kevan Thakrar vous-même!

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Prison officer Craig Wylde recommends slash resistant t-shirts after surviving outrageous assault!

On 8th June 2012 I had the pleasure to meet ex-infantry soldier turned prison officer Craig Wylde, who was horrifically assaulted by Triple Murderer Kevin Thakrar just over two years ago.

The above mentioned attack happened on 13th March 2010 at Frankland High Security Prison in the UK,  which left Craig and two of his colleagues fighting for there lives.  Craig was left with a severed artery in his left arm, which has had a massive impact on his life.  After spending a few hours with Craig and his Wife and having witnessed the massive impact this assault and subsequent injury had on this gorgeous young family’s day to day life.  It seams to be unbelievable, but nevertheless it is so true, an ‘arm injury’ of this type can cause such immense level of distress, constant intense pain and test the strength of a family right to its core. Craig is currently taking 30 tablets a day to cope with all physical and psychological issues faced since the assault. The below image shows the open wound on the inside of his upper left arm, caused by a slash by Kevan Thakrar, using a broken bottle.

Craig Wylde’s cut/slash injury following the above attack in March 2010 at Frankland High Security Prison

The second officer who was assaulted in the above mentioned attack was Claire Lewis. After several conversations with Claire , you can see the massive impact this attack  has had on her and her family. The below injury has imposed several issues that Claire will have to deal with for the rest of her life, psychologically and physically. The injury was caused by Kevan Thakrar who stabbed Claire in the back with the broken sauce bottle, which was previously used to attack and severely injure Craig Wylde.

Claire Lewis’s injury following the above attack in March 2010 at Frankland High Security Prison

As many people are aware, the personal safety and well-being of police officers is much more in the public domain, than the service provided by our prison officers and the clear dangers that these people face every day. This is some what understandable, as the public are more aware of the danger that surrounds them and that police officers patrolling there area, offer a certain sense of security .  As for prison officers who who have a much more out of site role do get forgotten about a lot. Do we not believe that prison officers demand and deserve the same kind of respect and recognition as other frontline professionals?

I was wondering prior to my first meeting with Craig Wylde, a few weeks ago, what it was that he wanted to get out of our get-together. Now, having spoken to Craig in great depth, I am genuinely taken by surprise by his conduct and thoughts. So, what is he asking for, sympathy or revenge? Justice to be done? Possibly, but we know that justice has severely failed him in the past.  He might have well been forced to accept’ the judgement by now, which saw his attacker claiming PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and being cleared of two counts of murder and three counts of wounding with the intent, but I must say (and this may well sound not very nice at all) I hope from the bottom of MY heart that a certain judge in this world struggles to sleep well at night.

So what is it that Craig really wants? He is very passionate to see something done about the personal safety and protection of his fellow prison and correctional officers from around the world… and having met him on a number of occasions now, my feeling is he will not rest until that has happened. He wants key decision and policy makers, and those charged with ensuring the health and safety of his colleagues, to learn a lesson from what has happened to him.  Craig feels that something MUST be done in order to reduce the risk of something like this happening again. His campaign might well save someone’s life in the future!

His desire to improve the personal safety of his colleagues has so far only fallen on deaf ears. Nothing  worthwhile reporting about has been done to make a difference to the safety of these professionals (27 months after the above assault).  Oh… before I forget, yes, glass bottles have been removed from most prison facilities.  You are aware of the fact that sharpened table/bed frame legs, ceramic pieces (broken off from hand basins), razor blades melted into tooth brushes and similar edged weapon are much more ‘popular’ than glass bottles?  But, why have there been glass bottles in the first place?

Anyway, I have very recently written a blog on the potential use of stab vests within prison/correctional facilities… but Craig highlighted a different type of protection he feels strongly about, just like myself and the rest of my dedicated and passionate team.

PPSS Cut & Slash Resistant T-Shirt

Following the above assault at Frankland High Security Prison in 2010, we have developed a much more ‘low-profile’ type of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment): PPSS Slash Resistant T-Shirts!

We are talking here about slash resistant tops that can be worn underneath a prison/correctional officer’s shirt, in order to reduce the risk of cut or slash related injuries (I will explain further in a few seconds).

Personal Protective Equipment in general is not about ELIMINATING the risk of workplace violence related injuries… it is all about REDUCING THE RISK within an environment where a risk has been identified! So in this instance let’s all be honest for a minute or so, and ask ourselves the question: Is there a risk of assaults on prison officers within a Category A, B or even C prison?  Is the risk high enough to warrant the general issue of some type of protective equipment?

The answer to this question depends a lot on how much we respect these professionals and how much we care about these guys.

It’s very very similar to us wearing a seat belt in our car.  We don’t use a seat belt today because we know for sure we have an accident today. Neither do we use a seat belt because we are scared or paranoid, worrying that we might have a crash today.  No, not at all!  The reason why we wear a seat belt is that we do understand that we have a much higher chance of survival in case someone is drunk, plays on his mobile phone or is otherwise distracted and crashes into our car, despite our own great driving skills we might even be able to claim.

The seatbelt is unlikely to save our lives if the other person hits us front on with a speed of 1000 miles in hour.  However, it will ensure we survive the vast majority of all potential accidents… it is about REDUCING THE RISK!

Now back to the above question.  How much do we really care about others?  If my child is sitting on the back seat of my car I will make sure it is wearing a seat belt.  If any of my loved ones is sitting in my car I will also make sure they are wearing a seat belt.  If other people, in other cars, in other countries and on other planets decide they don’t like seat belts… that is their personal choice and I do not care!

So, again… how much do we care about the personal safety of prison and correctional officers, and are we willing to make a difference?

Based on Craig’s opinion and operational understanding, based on personal comments we have received from dozens of his colleagues from around the world, and based on my (and my colleagues) many years of operational frontline experience within law enforcement and high risk security operations, we ALL feel that high performance slash resistant t-shirts could be a real sensible option and solution, which makes unquestionable operational sense and would not restrict the wearers movement or restrict him in his duties. We are genuinely convinced that the severity of the injury would have been significantly reduced if Craig and Claire would have been issued with such slash resistant t-shirt.

The following are just a few of my own personal thoughts and comments on this matter.  Thoughts and comments, which I desperately wanted to put down in writing, aiming to encourage other professionals to start discussing this matter too, and aiming to finally get the public’s attention, which is required to make a difference.

Please have a look at this:

Would such slash resistant t-shirt eliminate the risk of workplace violence related injuries?  No, it will not!

Will it reduce the risk of workplace violence related injuries?  Yes, this is 100% guaranteed!

PPSS Cut Resistant Clothing is made out of Cut-Tex® PRO (a highly acclaimed hi-tech fabric) and is already being worn by hundreds of homeland security professionals around the world.  It has been tested to European, International and American cut resistance standards and offers previously unmatched cut, tear and abrasion resistance too.

Based on the particular product and garment design it is able to shield the carotid artery (within your throat), your radial artery (within your wrist), your femoral artery (within your thigh) or the axillary artery, the major blood vessel to be found under your arm pits, and often exposed during self defence, as the defending person will aim to protect his or her head and face. Cutting of the axillary artery would lead to massive loss of blood and result in the assaulted person’s death within a very few minutes… something Craig Wylde escaped by seconds.

I would like to invite you to re-look into what can be done, and what you are willing to do, in order to improve the personal safety of these professionals.

I fully understand we have to ensure they do not look confrontational, aggressive or authoritative, and I also understand that we live in a world where access to financial resources is restricted.

However, what has happened to Craig Wylde and Claire Lewis has now happened.  Both of them know only too well that we cannot turn back the time.  But what we all feel so strongly about is that SOMETHING must happen, otherwise we will sooner rather than later look at another fatality within this sector, which could be prevented by the issuing of the right type of PPE.

I have mentioned his name in my previous blog, but please allow me to do so once again. Jason Palmer was a United States born ex-Marine, who was the first prison officer in New Zealand (a country we will rather associate with stunning beaches) to die on active duty in 2010. His death raised serious concerns about the personal safety of prison and correctional officers worldwide and the request by them to be issued with appropriate clothing and/or equipment.

This blog/article is my attempt to ensure this request will not be ignored or forgotten about.

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If you have a message for Craig Wylde… please be assured I will personally forward your message to him as soon as I get it… but only the good ones.  The crap, silly and nasty ones you can send to Kevan Thakrar yourself!

Please also note that UK based PPSS Group is specialised in all lone worker security andlone worker protection related issues, as well as organiser of the annual LONE WORKER SAFETY 2012 Conference & Exhibition, taking place every November at the Olympia Conference Centre, London.

For intellectual property/copyright reasons, Cut-Tex PRO labelled products cannot be sold and delivered to Germany!

Cut Resistant Clothing for Glaziers or Glass Workers

CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing

High performance cut resistant clothing for glaziers or glass workers, whose responsibilities include the transporting, handling and cutting of glass, are a very effective and efficient way of reducing the risk of accidental cut injuries.

When working with glass, it is of course of great importance to wear the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to shield the worker’s body from injury in case the glass breaks or shatters on impact. Eye gear is required when doing any sort of cutting or grinding, and is of equal importance to wear cut resistant clothing that protects against accidental cuts.

The priority, of course, has to be to provide adequate information on safety precautions and training on the handling of glass to all employees and to develop and implement a safe system of work.  However, it is a matter of fact that injuries will always occur as long as human being exists. Our focus or concentration at work can easily be compromised by a number of variables we cannot control, such as personal circumstances, amount of sleep, health and even how much an individual enjoys their job role.

Understanding this, our second key objective besides the prevention of an accident, must be the prevention of cut injuries in case mechanical or human errors occur.  This is where cut resistant clothing can help.  Just like a seat belt in our car, we can hope as much as we want that we will never need our seat belt, and we can believe as much as we want in our own great driving abilities.  Unfortunately, one day our car might fail to work correctly, or it might be someone else who makes a major driving error, and in such moment our seat belt will drastically increase our chance of survival or reduce the risk of serious injury.

The International Labour Organization has observed that an estimated 50 million work related injuries occur every year or 160,000 every day.  Their study of 263 glass workers at a one particular glass factory in 2003 and 2004 concluded that 59.3% have suffered from cut related injuries at work.

Figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK clearly show the glass and metal handling industry is among the most dangerous in the UK, accounting for nine per cent of the total workforce and 16 per cent of reportable accidents.

Better protection for example, would have prevented serious injury to Ian Swain, a glass worker whose arm was cut to the bone when a sheet of glass shattered in his hand in 2009, severing the artery, muscle and nerves in his right arm.

The Health & Safety Executives stated clearly that if Ian Swain would have been provided with full arm protection he would have avoided serious injury.

Following similar serious cut related injuries and even the loss of life, and after having very carefully evaluated the financial, legal and moral consequences following such accidents, the world’s leading glass handling firms have issued their workforce with appropriate PPE over the past few years.  Have you? Or are you aware of the latest developments within the world of cut resistant clothing?

UK based PPSS Group are global leader in this market.  Our range of high performance cut resistant clothing has been tested to European (EN 388:2003 Level 5), International (ISO 13997:1999 Level 5) and American (ASTM F-1790-05 Level 4) blade cut resistance standards and all available test results confirm its truly outstanding cut protection levels.

Made out of 100% Cut-Tex® PRO, PPSS cut resistant clothing offers an equal high level of comfort and protection and is now available from highly respected licensed distributors in numerous countries around the world, or direct from us here in the UK.

Please note we are dedicated and also specialized in the design, development and manufacturing of bespoke cut resistant garments based on our customer’s operational risks and design requirements.

For intellectual property/copyright reasons, Cut-Tex PRO labelled products cannot be sold and delivered to Germany!

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