PK Safety to exhibit Stop ‘N’ Go safety gloves at Safety & Health Expo 2019

PK SAFETY, one of the UK’s leading PPE and workwear suppliers, are happy to announce they will be exhibiting at Safety & Health Expo with their Stop ‘N’ Go range.

Last year, PK Safety set themselves a goal to dramatically reduce reversing incidents and accidents in the waste collection and transfer sectors with the launch of their Stop’N’Go safety gloves. The gloves have been designed for use by banksmen and reversing assistants, coloured red and green on the palm and back of the hand to respectively align with the hand signals suggested by the HSE for communicating with reversing vehicles.

The range has been designed with the collaboration of SUEZ R&R Ltd and has been created with the aim of providing a simple and convenient solution to improving reversing operations both on-site and whilst undertaking collection rounds.

Roy Wells (Managing Director of PK Safety) explained “It’s such a simple idea, we can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. We’ve had fantastic feedback from everyone we’ve presented the Stop ‘N’ Go concept to. There is nothing to install, nothing to hold and nothing you need to be trained on which makes it a convenient switch from your current safety gloves. No stress, no mess. We’ve kept it nice and simple, how safety should be.”

As Safety & Health Expo is Europe’s leading health and safety event, which welcomes over 14,000 professionals every year, it’s the perfect event to showcase the brilliance of Stop ‘N’ Go.

The exhibition gives visitors the chance to source health and safety solutions from over 300 suppliers across the globe, including things like site safety, footwear, gloves, training, behavioural safety and more. It’s a great way to improve your knowledge, network with others in the industry and access over 75 CPD-accredited seminars covering important topics over the three days.

It will also provide an excellent opportunity to meet some of the PK Safety team, discuss any PPE or workwear requirements, as well as seeing the Stop ‘N’ Go range first hand. They will be demonstrating the full range on Stand SH2416, from 18-20 June, at the ExCeL in London, as well as covering everything PPE and Workwear related. Throughout the day, PK Safety’s expert team will be available to answer any questions you may have.

To visit the Safety & Health Expo, you can register now for free tickets via the event website.

The new Mini Pocket Spirit Levels From Hultafors Tools

NOW available in the UK with a modern design, clear-focus vials for levelling work in tight spaces.

It has always been Hultafors Tools' vision to give professional tradesmen and women the best quality tools for optimal on-site performance.

That’s why these NEW Mini Pocket spirit levels have now been added to its range of best in class levelling and marking equipment.

The ergonomic design includes a crush-proof vial with a +60% magnifying effect and luminescent effect for easy reading in light or dark conditions.

There’s also a strong protective casing and, what’s more the magnetic version is ideal for accurate vertical measuring.

Both new models look great and, added to all the other products in the Hultafors’ range, there’s something to suit every conceivable levelling requirement.

Getting more information on the Hultafors Tools range of Spirit Levels easy. Call the helpline on 01484 854788 or check out and download a digital catalogue.

New Snickers FlexiWork Stretch Trousers for maximum mobility

THE new Snickers Workwear FlexiWork Stretch Trousers deliver extreme working comfort and comes in a slim-fit design.

Hi-tech fabrics and body-mapping designs in the FlexiWork SoftShell Trousers (pictured) ensure maximum working mobility for the wearer, wherever and whenever.

The brand new four-way stretch comfort fabrics integrated into these Work Trousers deliver enhanced ‘street-smart’ freedom of movement as well as improved ventilation and overall comfort.

With great fit and superb value for money, they also have a slim-tailored fit for better all-round looks and protection against snagging, plus Armortex Kevlar reinforced stretch fabric in the KneeGuard Pro System for greater flexibility, comfort and durability.

Find more information on these products and the other Stretch Garments from Snickers Workwear – the optimal choice for a craftsperson who need to get every job done comfortably on site.

Gripit fixed on DIY market

DRAGONS’ Den success story, Gripit plasterboard fixings have announced that they will be launching their first ever national TV advertising campaign, only five years after receiving Deborah Meaden’s investment on the hit BBC show.

The 30 second ad titled ’10 heavy objects’ is scheduled to run the four weeks leading up to Easter and will feature Gripit’s new DIY packs.
The ad created by production company, Dancing Aardvarks, features everyday consumers decorating their homes by hanging a range of heavy items, both usual and unusual, to plasterboard using Gripit’s simple Drill, Tap & Turn application method. 
Jordan Daykin, CEO and inventor of Gripit said: "We want to empower DIYers of all levels to hang their curtains, shelves, TV’s, cabinets and a whole lot more. Having established ourselves as a trusted plasterboard fixing for the trade, we are now extending our offering to consumers who have the confidence to hang more than just a picture or clock. Providing them with the fixings, screws and drill-bit means they have everything they need to do the job themselves."
The Gripit philosophy of delivering simple solutions to everyday problems has been embraced by high street retailers, ASDA and Robert Dyas, who have committed to listing the new Gripit hanging kits from early spring.

Now available in more than 5,000 stores nationwide, with distribution agreements in Europe, Australia, NZ, the United States and Canada, Gripit has established itself as one of the strongest plasterboard fixings on the market. Quick and easy to install, a single Gripit fixing holds up to 113kg. 

Unlike other fixings that rely on modifying or strengthening walls, and others that need timber studs or brickwork anchor points behind the plasterboard (which limits their positioning options), Gripit fixings can be fitted straight into the plasterboard (including dot & dab, double thickness and insulated) with no need for specialist tools – allowing the user to make savings on time, materials and labour.

Scruffs Workwear Trade Flex Shorts

AS the temperature rises, Scruffs introduces its new innovation – the Trade Flex Holster Shorts.

Designed for durability, comfort and performance in mind, these shorts deliver the ultimate wearer experience.

The flexible slim fit design with stretch panels in key areas delivers freedom of movement throughout the working day. Offering maximum comfort, the shorts are made from a lightweight and durable ripstop fabric - ideal for grafting during the warmer months.

Easy access holster pockets, a cargo pocket and mobile phone pocket all feature hard wearing canvas reinforcement for extra durability, so they continue to work as hard as you do. Tool loops and a D-ring offer further storage options so that you have your tools and accessories to hand as you work.

For cool comfort and function you can rely on during the warm summer months ahead, the impressive new Scruffs Trade Flex Holster Shorts deliver all the way.


£24.96 ex VAT

£29.95 inc VAT

Available in sizes 30”- 40” in black and graphite (option without holster pockets also available).

For more information about Scruffs call 0115 938 9000, or email [email protected] for more information on the range of products.

Mirka DEOS Delta is flawless from corner to corner

MIRKA is expanding its revolutionary Direct Electric Orbital Sander (DEOS)* range with the addition of the new DEOS Delta. Its ergonomic and innovative iron shape design allows the user to access hard to reach areas easily and efficiently, while reducing the stress on arms and hands, and delivering a flawless smooth finish from corner to corner.


The Delta’s low profile, of only 10cm, ensures it is closer to the surface at any angle allowing for increased control of the sanding process, even during long periods of use. With the Delta weighing less than 1kg, the R&D team in Jeppo, Finland has ensured that there is less strain on the user’s muscles, leading to a reduction in the risk of arm fatigue. The sander also incorporates a powerful brushless motor and 3mm orbit for more effective removal of stock, while keeping vibrations at a low level to minimise the risk of HAVs. Additionally, when the DEOS Delta is combined with Mirka’s net abrasives and a dust extraction unit, it provides a consistent scratch pattern and a dust-free work environment to work in. 


The Mirka® DEOS Delta also includes Mirka’s innovative digital solutions that run through an integrated vibration sensor and bluetooth connectivity that enables the user to access the vibration, speed and usage data easily through the myMirka app. This means users can understand how the tool is being used on a day to day basis and the ways in which it can be utilised more efficiently. 


Pete Sartain, national sales manager industrial of Mirka UK, said: “The R&D team is in constant communication both internally and externally to understand what the market is looking for, so this addition is the next phase in the evolution of the DEOS product range. The addition of new Mirka® DEOS Delta meets a gap in the market as users are looking for a lightweight, powerful and versatile delta sander and we are confident customers will benefit from its technological, health & safety and performance attributes from its first use.”

VIDEO: New Van Vault range tackles tool theft and achieves police standard

AS PART of its drive to tackle tool theft crime, Van Vault, the originators of in-vehicle secure storage, has launched a market leading new product range.

Last year saw around 280,000 tool theft crimes across the UK. With the average value of tools left in tradespeople’s vans costing £2,880, Van Vault understands the importance of helping protect tools and deter thieves with effective secure storage solutions.

With a break-in taking as little as 10 seconds, the new range has introduced key enhancements, which will be fundamental in making it much harder to steal valuable power tools and equipment.

Deborah Hunt, Van Vault Marketing Manager, said: “Tool theft is a massive issue facing tradespeople today and it’s on the rise. One in three tradespeople have had tools stolen.

“With our new range, we have reacted to what customers really want: the best security, functionality and quality, which gives them peace of mind.”

The new product launch follows 18 months of development work and features eight new products offering advanced protection, including the traditional box style containers and the easy to use drawer slides, which are unique to the Van Vault brand.

Not only has the product been upgraded, it has also been independently tested and certified by Sold Secure, an independent test house for security products owned by the Master Locksmith Association. All eight Van Vaults were subjected to six different levels of rigorous attack by trained professionals and were all found to be impenetrable.

Van Vault is also the first vehicle storage product on the market to be accredited by Secured by Design - the UK’s Police approved standard. Secured by Design promotes products which prevent crime and it is the only form of police approval for UK products.

All of the key areas of attack have been strengthened including a cross-bar reinforced lid which is next to impossible to prise open. A new highly-effective VaultLock™ locking system has been introduced which sits deep within the body of the box shielded by a hardened steel plate, protecting from drilling, picking and cutting.

The products also now come with an anti-theft fixing kit to ensure they can be properly mounted to the vehicle floor.

Deborah added: “The upgraded vehicle range underwent considerable research and rigorous testing, to ensure it provided customers with a product that helps secure tools and makes the working day of a tradesperson easier.”

Following strong customer demand, Van Vault has also improved its storage space and functionality with the new range, introducing a wide mouth drop front to the storage containers, which provides greater access and visibility of the contents inside.

A recessed lock also protects the key from damage, when left in the lock and an easy-lift gas strut through the body of the box, ensures a soft open and close lid action and maximises storage space.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, Van Vault is a UK-leading brand for storing and securing tools in vehicles. Its range is available in a variety of sizes, each designed for use in different types of vehicles.

Precision made possible: introducing Festool’s new Cordless Oscillator

FESTOOL is expanding its range of cordless tools by adding the new Vecturo OSC 18 cordless oscillator for fitting and assembly work.

The Vecturo OSC 18 includes the innovative StarlockMax tool holder, enabling the user to quickly and conveniently change the tool blade, without the need for additional equipment.

Intelligent system accessories allow for dust-free work, precise cut-outs on the scribe mark and precisely guided plunge cuts.

In addition, the powerful, brushless EC-TEC motor and the large oscillation angle of 2°/2° achieves optimum working progress. Thanks to the clever design and the vibration isolation, the Vecturo OSC 18 makes ergonomic work possible.

Maximum flexibility in everyday work thanks to StarlockMax

The new Vecturo OSC 18 is equipped with the innovative StarlockMax tool holder system, which enables the user to change the required saw blade easily and in just a few seconds.

The patented Starlock tool-holder system covers three performance classes: Starlock, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax.

As the new Vecturo cordless oscillator comes with the StarlockMax tool holder, it falls under the performance class designed for heavy-duty applications.

Particularly practical for everyday use, StarlockMax can accommodate accessories from all of the Starlock performance classes. The new Vecturo therefore shows itself to be extremely flexible to use.

Intelligent system accessories

The versatile system accessories for the new cordless oscillator mean that this newcomer is the perfect all-rounder, and enables the user to work in a way that is healthy, comfortable and – at the same time – precise.

With the new dust extraction device, users can also start sawing without generating dust: this improves safety and provides a clear view of the work area.

The new positioning aid for precisely guided plunge cuts allows for accurate positioning on the marking, and simple orientation on the guide rail. The positioning aid is also equipped with a depth stop, for precisely setting the plunge depth.

These system accessories can be fitted onto the adapter easily and without the need for additional equipment – depending on requirements.

Technical data: Vecturo OSC 18 cordless oscillator

Battery voltage 18 V
Oscillation 10,000–19,500 rpm
Oscillation angle 2 x 2.0°
Tool holder StarlockMax
Li-ion battery capacity 3.1 Ah
Weight with Li-ion battery 1.6 kg

Maximum power

The new Vecturo is especially suitable for heavy-duty applications. Thanks to the anti-vibration system, the housing and motor are completely decoupled. This reduction in vibrations and running noises leads to optimum comfort while working.

The powerful, brushless EC-TEC motor with variable speed control allows for a large oscillation angle of 2° to the left and 2° to the right, and therefore achieves optimum working progress.

In combination with the powerful and durable 18 V Li-ion compact battery pack, the cordless oscillator achieves maximum freedom of movement without any cables – even for heavy-duty applications.

The new Vecturo OSC 18 cordless oscillator will be available at specialist retailers from April 2019. Festool also offers full investment security for their new Vecturo OSC 18 thanks to Festool Service.

The free-of-charge service package guarantees direct, practical and comprehensive service for the tool throughout its entire service life.

Cyber Essentials accreditation: 1 in 5 businesses unaware of benefits

A WORRYING number of UK businesses are still not aware of the benefits of the Government-backed Cyber Essentials Scheme, according to a recent survey from CyberGuard, part of the OGL Group.

Almost a fifth of IT managers reported that they were unaware of how Cyber Essentials compliance could help their business, with 10% unsure of whether their company even had the certificate.

According to the Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018, 43% of businesses have experienced cyber security breaches or attacks over the last 12 months.

This is particularly concerning since 56% of businesses hold personal data on customers in the cloud. However, there are methods that can be implemented to reduce the risk of data breaches. One such way is through being Cyber Essentials accredited.

Paul Colwell, Chief Technology Officer at CyberGuard, said: “Here at CyberGuard, we encourage companies to become Cyber Essentials certified since it can help protect against most common cyber-attacks.”

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme which launched in June 2014. It aims to help all organisations protect themselves against cyber-attacks. When an organisation is fully compliant, they will receive a certificate to show stakeholders and customers that they have the necessary safety measures in place to reduce the risk of a cyber-attack. Cyber Essentials is a quality standard in many industries, and a necessity for businesses looking to win certain Government contracts.

In a bid to understand how many businesses employ methods to reduce cyber security risks, cyber security company, CyberGuard, surveyed 251 IT managers in UK companies, ranging from small businesses (20-49 employees) to large companies (750 employees or greater). The survey focussed on whether or not the business had achieved the Cyber Essentials certification.

The results revealed that 19% of IT managers were unaware of the benefits of having a Cyber Essentials certification, with 10% unsure of whether or not their business even had the certificate.

Of the businesses without Cyber Essentials accreditation, two thirds (67%) said that a lack of understanding had been the primary barrier to them applying, with 42% citing a lack of funds.

Almost a third (29%) suggested that they did not consider it important.

In terms of small businesses with between 20 and 49 employees, 33% claimed they either were not Cyber Essentials certified or were not sure. This compares to just 6% of larger, enterprise organisations: for example, those with over 750 employees.

This finding is particularly worrying for both consumer and employee privacy; according to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018, 42% of SMEs had experienced at least one cyber-attack in the past year. SMEs are at a higher risk of data breaches when compared to large organisations, but are less likely to have Cyber Essentials certification in place.

However, while there continues to be a lack of awareness around cyber security, there are some positives. The vast majority of the businesses surveyed (81%) stated they were Cyber Essentials certified, with 69% reporting that they understood the benefits of being so.

There is a clear case for being certified

Of those accredited, 84% claimed it has helped their business to win contracts, with other respondents highlighting the importance of the certificate in reassuring their customers.

Paul concluded: “In 2019, it should be paramount that businesses who rely on technology protect customer and employee information – as well as their own.

“Becoming Cyber Essentials certified is a great start to implementing strong and secure cyber security practices.”

Innovative Armorgard van storage system TrekDror for the trade professional

OVER the years, Armorgard has designed and built some of the toughest tool safes, from Strongbank to TuffBank, to create a range of secure storage solutions used by skilled tradespeople around the world.

Now, the company has taken a step further with the introduction of what is being billed as “the most sophisticated system of its kind for van fleets.”

Designed specifically for cargo vans, Armorgard’s TrekDror van storage solution, is a lightweight, ultra-strong, customisable system consisting of stackable, secure modules to maximise the interior load space and keep everything organised in vehicles, from small cargo vans and pickup trucks to large panel vans.

TrekDror is available in three different sizes and multiple configurations, has a removable drawer with +80% extension, and can hold over 1,000kg weight on top of it.

For details Call 023 9238 0280


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