Award winning Redbacks kneepads save injury, time and money

PPE - June 16, 2013 - 0 comments

New cushioning technology is making a significant contribution to personal health and safety.

CL-7 Ltd are the Daventry, Northamptonshire based manufacturers of new UK products designed using the innovative REDBACKS™ cushioning technology. The latest example of which, REDBACKS™ Kneepads, were elected winner of the ‘2012 SATRA Best Innovation in Occupational PPE Award’.

“There are over 80,000 registered knee operations by the NHS each year,” explained Cliff Lockyer, CEO of CL-7. “60% of which are due to injuries resulting from soft tissue ‘wear and tear’ , bursitis or osteoarthritis caused by inadequate protection whilst kneeling. It is vital therefore that in order to avoid costly down-time, as well as the unnecessary pain and discomfort, employers and the self employed should ensure they provide their workers and themselves with the best possible knee protection”.

REDBACKS kneepads are a 100% recyclable, non-foam based, safety kneepads which maintain their maximum cushioning effect throughout consecutive or prolonged use and, Lockyer says, “can help prevent up to 6 months down time and subsequent loss of earnings through knee injury in the workplace”.

The result of 4 years of research and development, REDBACKS™ Kneepads feature a soft and flexible TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) leaf-spring, set within a unique honeycomb matrix. This new ‘Cushioning Technology’ distributes body weight evenly, elevating the knees to reduce pressure on knee, leg, ankle and foot joints whilst minimising the risk of possible injury from sharp or penetrating objects. In comparison to most foam materials which provide cushioning by air pockets that collapse over a short amount of time, tests conducted by Prof N. Chockalingam at Staffordshire University have proven that the thermoplastics used in the new REDBACKS™ Kneepad will perform at a higher cushioning rate for a much longer period of time than EVA or PU equivalents.

REDBACKS™ Kneepads are fully CE approved and proven to bring unrivalled relief from pain or discomfort either during or as a result of kneeling, and dramatically reduce the possibility of future injury and incapacitation. They are flexible and easy to fit tightly and comfortably into most knee-pocketed work trousers, and are ‘breathable’, allowing wearers to keep cool and dry in hot or damp conditions; the ‘non-slip’ abrasive-resistant cover also protects the knees from cold surfaces.

The product is generating a great deal of trade interest throughout the UK with orders from many independent businesses and individuals including builders, plumbers, maintenance engineers, carpet layers and flooring specialists, mechanics, electricians, painters and decorators, and those who work in the cleaning industry. An anti-microbial version of the kneepad, independently tested to ISO 22196, helps prevent the spread of diseases such as E-Coli, MRSA, Salmonella and other harmful bacteria in such environments as hospitals, care-homes, schools, the food service industry, public places and the home.

The kneepads are available throughout the UK from large specialist distributors and International recognition is now rapidly gathering momentum with a distribution agreement signed with Carhartt of Denmark, one of that country’s largest specialists in workwear and PPE, and discussions are currently near completion with companies looking to launch REDBACKS™ kneepads in France, Germany, Norway, Canada, and the US.

The kneepad is only the first of a number of planned products which are being developed by CL-7 Limited using the patented REDBACKS™ cushioning leaf spring/Matrix Cushioning technology; the patent has recently been approved for the design of a sole for walking/safety boots, and the company is now working closely with one of the oldest medical companies in the world to develop protective and comfortable footwear for those whose feet have been affected by diabetes or who suffer other forms of foot pain or sensitivity.

A 2 year research project in conjunction with Johnson Controls, Jaguar Landrover and Coventry University has been signed to find ways in which the REDBACKS cushioning technology can assist in reducing the future energy requirements of motor vehicles in preparation for government legislation due to come into effect in 2018.

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