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Watch out for fake head protection

The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) and the British Safety Industry Federation have both issued warnings in consideration to the numbers of fake safety equipment currently in circulation.

One of the main examples of unsafe, counterfeit safety equipment is hard hats. Shockingly, these can be split in two by using just your hands.

These hats are commonly produced in either Asia or the Middle East and can be identified by labelling on the underside of the peak which reads ‘Burly’ and ‘Mkll’.

JSP designed helmets are the basis for the copied products, and the company has warned users to make sure their hard hat is the real deal. 

Matthew Judson, director of technical support at JSP, said: “If you suspect a helmet is fake, give us a call and we will send someone out to have a look at it, or take it back to the place you bought it from.”

Other potentially fake equipment can come in the form of safety gloves, with concerns also raised about scaffolding poles and scaffolding clamps.
 

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