Dirty Rigger and Crewsaders have tied up a deal for Crewsaders to be the official testing partner for Dirty Rigger products. The fruits of this partnership have resulted in the new SRT glove that is being launched this month.
The development process for the SRT glove started in August 2011. Developing a suitable update of Dirty Rigger’s Special Response Team glove has been a testing time. Designing and developing a new model to replace the SRT glove used by the Armed Forces, the Events Industry and other industrial sectors has required a fresh approach to development. 5 different designs tested on-site by Crewsaders have been put through their paces. The testing involved Crew Chiefs from London and Birmingham had to be comprehensive using a standardized feedback procedure. Each model was tested for more than 200 man hours in differing weather conditions, on different types of equipment and on differing jobs in order to maximize the testing of various design elements. A total of 1214 man-hours later and the new SRT gloves were ready for the final hurdle before being released to the marketplace.
A range of materials was strategically selected to provide exceptional durability and grip in all conditions. The palm and fingertips are made from 100% Daewoo International® branded suede synthetic leather. This material was then treated and printed with an ultra-grip silicone layer on the finger tips and keys areas of the palm. The rear of the glove features an elasticated yet extremely durable material that provides maximum comfort over extended periods of wear. High-density absorbing pads and moulded rubber guards are integrated in key areas to reduce common hand injuries caused by impact. The SRT incorporates an all-black low profile finish making it ideal for tactical use and the events industry.
The British Standard EN 420:2003 multi hazard testing for abrasion, dexterity, puncture and resistance was a success. The result is the unveiling of the new SRT glove that has been put to the test on all sorts of events, on all types of equipment and in all types of environments. The finished article is a stylish and durable update on the original. Crewsaders Health and Safety Director Pat Fellows gave the glove his full backing. “70% of our onsite injuries are to hands. I am confident that being heavily involved in the development process of the SRT glove will ensure a significant drop in the severity and number of these injuries”. The glove is available to event professionals from Dirty Rigger this month.