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The NEW 37.5® Technology - Climate Control Fleeces

THESE new styles from Snickers Workwear deliver AllroundWork warmth and cooling comfort.

Not only will you stay warm with these new 37.5® Technology Fleeces, you’ll look and feel cool too. With styles for both professional tradesmen and women, they excel at ventilation and moisture transport to keep you working comfortably wherever you are on site.

The 37.5® Technology fabric in the Fleece is a very quick-drying material that captures and releases moisture vapour – like your sweat - for superior coolness and dry working comfort.

After all, keeping a balanced work temperature is not just about staying cool and in great shape, it’s a matter of your wellbeing and job safety.

So, to make sure you get the right protection, visibility, flexibility, durability and ventilation, check out the new Snickers Workwear 37.5® Technology Fleeces, to fit your workday.

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.

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.

Workwear: JCB branded from Progressive Safety Footwear

DESPITE the sunshine here in the south of England, the weather has turned very cold. So, it really is time to dig out the winter work gear, write PETER BRETT.

The prospect of muddy jobsites and cold feet and hands is not one I relish. From November to March I usually prefer the comfort and convenience of working indoors, but we cannot always choose where we work.

Boots made for walking

So it was handy to have a nice parcel of JCB branded winter clothing from Progressive Safety Footwear. In the parcel were two pairs of boots for different work sectors.

First up, JCB 5CX boots

The first pair are butch and tough-looking, entitled the 5CX, which provide the following specifications:

• The uppers are made of tough black leather, a feature I like because my feet prefer the comfort that leather promotes.

• The seams are double or quadruple stitched and the protective toecap is covered with a TPU ‘scuff cap’ to remind users these are indeed tough work boots.

• The boots are S1-rated, which is a level above Safety Basic; so safety protection includes anti-static safety, sole-piercing protection, and protection from flames and heat, outside grip, and resistance to some chemicals.

• The sole has a strong ‘blocked’ grip pattern that will help to grip in muddy and wet conditions outdoors – but the downside for indoors, is that they can drop off lumps of mud on interior floor coverings.

The 5cx’s message is clear: they are intended for tough outdoor use, but there’s a particular twist with these boots – although they lace up all the way past ankle level, on the inside ankles, there is a strong YKK zip that can be slid down. This means the boots simply slip straight off.

A leather hook and loop strap helps prevent the zip from sliding down by itself, and the choices offered by the various lacing loops means users can personalise the fit around the ankle for a combination of support and ease of taking on/off.

The boots stay dry, cool and warm through a padded and part-lined material.

My experience of wearing these boots for a few days was they were almost instantly comfortable, and with a chance to adjust the laces and zip over a couple of days, I was soon able to get them to feel like a very tough and protective second skin.

I found they came up a bit smaller than other pairs of JCB boots, so it will pay to try them on if you can, while remembering to take into account a pair of cosy JCB winter work socks.

Secondly, a pair of HYDRADIG/B boots for lighter duty

Next up was a pair of HYDRADIG/B black mesh mid cut boots. With a lightweight sole and mesh fabric construction they are aimed at trades whose work is largely indoors.

The sole reflects this too – it has a lightly-hatched pattern to provide good grip on ‘smooth-ish’ surfaces, which will help remove mud and dirt easily by simply wiping your feet on a doormat.

• These mid-cut boots have a full mesh lining designed for comfort;

• Much like the 5CX, the HYDRADIG/B provide S1-rated levels of protection for toes and sole penetration as well as anti-static insulation and grip, but unlike the leather boots above, they do not resist heat or fire.

Having worn a pair of JCB safety trainers this summer I found that moving up to the mid-cut pattern was seamless. They feel similarly comfortable and the lacing is easy to customise for a compromise between a secure fit and getting them off easily.

Again, on a cold winter’s day it is easy to slip on a pair of slightly thicker JCB work socks to ensure cosy feet.

Some more treats

A warm and rugged sweatshirt is good to have on a cold jobsite. To be part of a more exclusive crowd, the Limited Edition J C Bamford 1945 logo sweatshirt is distinctive – and practical.

Made from polyester and cotton, it is ‘roomy’ and fits comfortably – which is complemented through a thumb loop on the end of the sleeves, which keeps them from riding up and exposing arms to the cold.

The lightly fleecy inner certainly helped to keep me warm and the crew neck kept draughts to a minimum. Of course, it is the first item of clothing to get paint or plaster splattered, but it washes and dries quite easily because of its polyester content.

Underneath the sweatshirt, a subtly branded JCB polo shirt is a great choice.

Made of 100% polyester it is breathable, antibacterial, pill-resistant, colour fast and anti-stretch. In summer, it will also protect its wearer from UV light.

The sleeves and underarms of the shirt are made with a breathable mesh fabric (as seen on football strips) and these help to keep the wearer fragrant.

I have already mentioned the warm JCB socks – I have a couple of pairs now – but the additional pair will help solve the one pair on, one pair washed and last pair in the laundry basket dilemma.

Not-so baggy trousers

Finally, the JCB Trade Plus Rip Stop Work Trousers (in grey and black), are styled in a classic and comfortable way.

I find these trousers suit me very well for most jobs because they are not only tough and practical but comfortable too.

With seven substantial belt loops (an extra wide one at the back to avoid builder’s bottom) they stay up. I like the holster pockets on the front of each thigh, but of course they are very easy to overload with tape measure, knife, pencils etc etc. Not the trousers’ fault though!

With nine other pockets for everything from a screwdriver to the ever-present mobile phone, these trousers are a useful standard layout that has many applications in a variety of trades.

I almost always manage to test the rip-stop qualities of the material via a nail or bit of scaffolding – but it is what it says – Rip Stop.

In my experience, the JCB clothing above has scored well for practicality, comfort and washing. There is an advantage to a coordinated work wardrobe – it adds to comfort and even safety, and the JCB ranges come without a premium price tag.

Engelbert Strauss: power workwear for power teams

Engelbert Strauss is one of the leading brands for work wear globally. It is run independently by a family in their fourth generation, with a factory located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany with approximately 1,200 workforces.

In Autumn 2016, the company joined the Fair Wear Foundation, in order to ensure three things: there is no child labour; fair wages are paid; and working conditions are safe within a reasonable amount of working hours.

Above and beyond the entrepreneurial activities, Engelbert Strauss push to make useful contributions to society. They have decided to focus social commitments on education projects in developing and emerging countries - in particular they would like to make access to education easier for children of workers at their manufacturing sites, for example through the construction of school buildings and providing teaching materials.

They do not have a fixed yearly budget for the money required for these projects, but decide the number of projects to support at their own discretion and personal beliefs.

The Engelbert Strauss products includes aspects of safety, environmental sustainability and fairness. Engelbert Strauss is the trend-setting market leader for workwear and occupational safety.

They develop practical products for everyday use for our customers from the trade, industrial and service sectors. With almost 30,000 items constantly in stock, they offer the widest range of special fields the possibility of purchasing not only workwear, but also important tools and accessories from one source. They focus on their own developed products in the textile, shoes and glove fields so that we are always in a position to offer complete solutions for everyday use. The production is scrutinized from raw material, colour production to cut and sew to guarantee constant high level of quality that are being tested throughout the production process.

As cold days are fast approaching, there are several Engelbert Strauss safety workwear options; from jackets or overalls with multi-functional features such as waterproof, windproof with breathable outer layer to protective hand gear from knitted to leather, with senso grip.

With a large range to choose from with affordable - prices are available on their website:


When you’re battling the elements on the job, you can be sure the Scruffs Pro Jacket is up to the task.

This stylish jacket is fully waterproof with taped seams, storm flaps and storm zips for the ultimate outdoor protection. It also boasts reinforced Cordura® elbow pads and an insulated half fleece lining for extra strength and warmth in the colder months. Other features include a handy concealed hood and large external pockets to keep your valuables safe and dry while you work.

  • Fully waterproof
  • Reinforced Cordura® elbow panels
  • Taped seams, storm flaps & storm zips
  • Insulated half fleece lining
  • Concealed hood
  • Large external front & side zip pockets
  • Colour: Black

Sizes: S-XXL

Setting the standard since 2003, Scruffs designs workwear and safety footwear for a new generation of trade professionals. Engineered with technical expertise to deliver outstanding comfort, durability and functionality, Scruffs workwear is made to work as hard as they do.

Scruffs. For the masters at work, by the masters of workwear.

For full range info and to find out more about the 2017 product range, call 0115 938 9000 or email [email protected]

Buckler Boots – KEZ and EAZY Hit the Road

Safety Footwear is a No-Brainer

I routinely wear safety footwear every working day just because it makes a huge amount of sense. But I am still surprised by how many tradespeople don’t. Before getting safety shoes, I had suffered from sore toes because of stuff that got dropped on them, and once I had a really nasty 4-inch nail through the bottom of a cleated rubber sole that narrowly avoided being serious.

Truth is, nowadays, there really isn’t a good reason not to invest in a pair of safety shoes, simply because there is a huge range of very good ones available at very good prices, in all sizes and many styles to suit just about anyone. I am actually spoilt since I have acquired a small range of shoes and boots that pretty well cover all my needs – indoors and out, wet and dry.

I was pleased to welcome the KEZ trainer and EAZY boot from Buckler Boots to my boot rack. They are a new addition to the wide range of Buckler Boots that includes not only safety footwear, but also non-safety footwear for walkers, farming and leisure related activities. A look at the Buckler Boots catalogue is very informative – in my view it has pretty well something for everyone.

The KEZ and EAZY styles have been launched only this summer, and are designed for the lighter use end of the market – light trades, driving, indoor maintenance and factory floor wear. This end of the market has different needs from the real heavy duty applications – the shoes and boots need to be lighter, and more in line with fashion trends. They also need to be supremely comfortable, since they are going to be worn for long stretches at a time, but could also afford to be less water protected than others intended for major outdoor use.



The first shoes I tried on for review were the KEZ and what made that decision for me was the weather – it has been blazing hot here in Sussex and I wanted a lighter style of shoe to wear to a job refurbishing and repairing an outdoor swimming pool. It was not only the heat factor that came into play here - a lot of the job involved working on my knees, so you need flexible footwear that allows your feet to bend easily when you are on your knees.

First impressions were great – they came fully laced and simply by loosening the laces a bit they could be slid onto my feet. The padded inside “soccerball” linings of the KEZ makes for instant comfort, and even my wide feet had enough room despite the fact that the shoes looked a lot like ordinary trainers.

They also feel quite light – not at all ”clompy” – you can actually walk quietly and lightly around indoors and they feel like trainers.

On my first day of wearing them I took a spare pair of workshoes with me in case the comfort factor ‘wore off’ during the day. I find it hard to work when I have sore feet! But, in fact, I went the whole day and the rest of the week wearing the KEZ without really noticing I had them on my feet – the sign of true comfort I think.

As you might have gathered, comfort is the number one priority for me, and that test was passed with flying colours, so I really ought to say something about the construction of the shoe to reassure readers that it is a safety shoe as well.

The upper is black KPU with a composite toecap and the Buckstop anti-static, anti-penetration, non-metallic midsole. It is heat (300 degree C) and oil resistant and is 100% non-metallic with a certified rubber slip resistant, non-marking sole and anti- scuff toecap. Not a bad package in a shoe that takes its design cues from sports and active wear designs. The all-important EN S1HRO SRC certification has been met in full, so users can take comfort that they are indeed ‘proper’ safety shoes despite the fashionable looks of them.



The EAZY boot style has the same design origins as the KEZ, in the sense that it is designed to look a bit less workboot and a lot more ‘fashionable’. The uppers are largely made of leather, and I am quite a sucker for the use of leather in footwear because I tend to find it more comfortable and ‘breathable’ than completely man made materials.  (I must admit the EAZY is changing my mind on this – a longer term wearing of both EAZY and KEZ might give me more info)

EAZY is also aimed at a similar audience – basically lighter trades that often work indoors where the non-marking sole is quite important. Delivery drivers shouldn’t leave black marks on the new laminate or tiled floors of offices.

The soles of both EAZY and KEZ are works of art in themselves because they have several areas designed to do different things. For example, the front and back sections of the sole have angular sipes that give extra grip on toes and heels for those occasions when the shoes are being worn outdoors. And it also has a large section in the middle, with deep ribs that provide easy grip on flat surfaces with a slightly raised heel for comfort.

Of course, the sole is also heat, oil, water and slip resistant, anti-static and meets the EN S3 HRO SRC certified requirements.

With a steel toecap there is a bit more of an obvious swell on the toe area of the boot, but I found that the cushion comfort insole made my feet feel safe and secure.

It does take a little more effort to get the boots on first thing since the laces come up higher on the ankle, but it is easy to find the comfort level. Like the KEZ trainers, within a short time of putting them on, I found that I hardly noticed them – my feet just felt comfortable. No doubt when the weather gets colder they will get a bit more of a run out – and I am certain that they will do the job well.

Buckler Boots are new to me, but my experience of them tells me that they are comfortable and well specified – they do the job well.  The list of testimonials from other users is a long one too, so Buckler Boots are definitely worth a look.

Aimed at: Professional wearers largely for regular indoor use

Pros: New sole design gives good grip, meets all the specs and very comfortable.

MI Supplies Emphasises The Importance Of Quality Equipment For Self-Employed Tradespeople

Alex Ingham, managing director of MI Supplies, on how investing in adequate work wear and equipment can reduce the risk of injuries and prevent costly sick leave.

According to data from HSE, the number of reported non-fatal injuries occurring at workplaces has been declining since the early 2000s. This suggests that employers are becoming more aware of the ways that staff members can be injured over the course of an average day. Furthermore, it demonstrates that they are also beginning to take action to reduce those hazards by investing in vital tools, products and equipment. It is not only important to employees that a company does this; it is in the interest of the business too. Failure to address hazards can leave a company in breach of the law and have a significant financial impact in terms of providing staff sick leave.

However, while work-related injuries are becoming less common among businesses, this is not necessarily the case with self-employed tradespeople working in trades such as carpentry, plumbing, repairs and electricians. They are not on the payroll of a company who can invest in the work wear or protective gear. Rather, this responsibility is left to individual self-employed tradespeople, who may not have the resources available to invest in quality equipment that will help keep them safe on the job. As a result, it is estimated that an average of ten tradespeople are injured every single day with around 3650 injuries occurring every year. 62% of tradespeople said they had experienced a preventable minor injury in their line of work in a survey by Simply Business.

A minor injury resulting from a lack of hand protection, improper headwear or missing personal protective equipment, for instance, might not sound particularly debilitating. However, for someone who is self-employed, a minor injury that leaves him or her out of work for a few days can significantly impact their income. Self-employed people are not entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay. This forces many tradespeople to do their labour whilst suffering from sicknesses and injuries that would normally keep most employees off work. This can easily happen when equipment is out-dated, inadequate or not being used. The aforementioned Simply Business survey also revealed that 90% of tradespeople have gone to work when they were injured because of fears about losing pay.

Time is money for self-employed tradespeople. Even the most minor injury can, therefore, leave a worker out of action for long enough to harm their income. In our experience, it is actually much more cost-effective for tradespeople to equip themselves with durable and superior equipment. The price involved in investing in good equipment is far smaller than that of being left unable to work – especially at peak times for your industry. This is, of course, without mention of long-term injuries that might leave you off work for extended periods. Protective equipment is a long-term investment that ensures your ability to work successfully now and in the future.


Progressive Safety, who hold the sole distribution rights for the manufacture of safety footwear and workwear under the world famous JCB brand, are pleased to introduce new and improved lines to the range.


Continuing with the success of the very popular JCB workwear range of Footwear & Clothing we have re-engineered some of the styles to reflect a changing market place and customer demands. The stylish JCB workwear range transfers easily from the traditional workplace to the world outside and has proven to be a popular leisure wear choice of our customers.

All the popular safety footwear styles have been retained with the introduction of two new Hiker boots, the 2CX in black and grey with contrast stitching and dual density PU/PU soles available in sizes 3 - 12 and the stylish Cagelow Trainer, graduated grey mesh with black TPU finished with a black sneaker style sole for a very modern look.

Garments in the new workwear range are manufactured from the highest quality fabrics, with the emphasis on comfort and style combined with durability in wear.

JCB 1945 Work Jeans


New additions to the clothing range include the 1945 Work Jeans, made from Cordura denim, with top loading kneepad pockets, deep thigh cargo pockets and the Camo Trousers, also with top loading kneepad pockets and multi-pockets - both available in sizes 30” - 40” with a 32” inside leg with stylish JCB leather branding. Also new to the collection is the Elmhurst 1/4 zip jumper & Essington full zip jumper made from comfortable knitted fabric with soft shell detail for extra durability and fleece lined funnel collars. These both come in sizes S to XXL.

For more information on any of these products, find your nearest retailer and to see the complete range of JCB Workwear, please visit

Progressive Safety Footwear & Clothing Ltd
101 Worthing Road, Sheffield, S9 3JN
Tel: 0114 273 8349   Fax: 0114 275 2452


Scruffs Looks Great For UK Masters Tour

Scruffs is hitting the road again this September, with its biggest ever tour of the UK celebrating Britain’s tradespeople as part of the ‘Masters at Work. Masters of Workwear’ campaign.

Inspired by the success of the inaugural Super Dealer programme, Scruffs has now officially appointed 15 Super Dealers, with a mix of online and offline trade retailers selected following an extensive process.

The 17 event, 6-week-long tour kicks off on September 8th and spans the whole of the UK from Inverness to Portsmouth.

The highlight of each roadshow event will be a virtual reality trip to the top of the Severn Bridge. Tradespeople will be invited to test their nerve on a job like no other, in a stunning hi-tech simulation.

There will also be a charity ‘Top of Your Game’ football challenge, where tradespeople will be challenged to score a goal into a cement mixer! Each ball booted into the cement mixer will result in a donation towards local good causes.

At each event, the person who scores the most goals will be awarded a football shirt of their choice, a pair of Scruffs GORE-TEX® boots and they’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 Scruffs voucher.

The ultimate tour champion will receive £1,000 in cash, with the runners up also receiving a 50-inch screen TV and £250 worth of Scruffs vouchers.

Chris Mellor-Dolman, Head of Scruffs Marketing, says: “It’s important for us as a brand to support all of our hardworking dealers and help to create the best experience for their customers.

“Our Scruffs Super Dealers have been selected following an extensive selection process, with each of them sharing in the belief that tradespeople deserve the absolute best in terms of quality and service.

“Each Super Dealer will receive an on-going support package of powerful, business-boosting initiatives including exclusive product and marketing workshops, national advertising campaigns, striking new in-store merchandising solutions and a consistent supply of printed and digital assets.”

The tour officially kicks off on 8th September 2016 and will continue until 12th October 2016.


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