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2nd August 2007

Checkmate Safety Win Maritime Coastguard Agency Contract

Height Safety Equipment manufacturer The Checkmate Group has been awarded a prestigious contract to supply fall arrest equipment to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s new Marine Incident Response Group (MIRG).

The Marine Incident Response Group has been set up by the MCA to deliver a more formal approach to dealing with incidents of fire, chemical release and industrial accidents on vessels and structures at sea. To do this the MCA has entered into partnerships with 15 coastal fire and rescue services across the UK.

Following extensive countrywide trials and evaluations of different types of fall arrest equipment, Checkmate’s safety division has supplied MIRG with sets of fall arrest equipment for each of their 15 teams and their trainers.

The sets include a fall arrest block with 15 metres of self retracting steel cable, two harnesses, one short work restraint device plus a number of strops, lanyards and karabiners, to the 15 MIRG teams and their trainers. The fall arrest equipment is designed to allow MIRG personnel to ascend and descend a pilot ladder whilst wearing full Personal Protective Equipment or Transportation Protective Equipment. It allows unhindered movement during climbing, whilst preventing the individual from dropping further than about 10 cm in the event of a fall.

The MCA has supplied the MIRG teams with the new Checkmate Xcalibre, a 3m rapid action superlight fall arrest block as a work restraint device, to be used when working at or near the head of a pilot ladder. It allows freedom of movement but will either prevent the wearer from coming too close to the edge of the deck or arrest a fall should it happen.

Oliver Auston Managing Partner of Checkmate Safety said “We are delighted that the MCA has chosen the Checkmate Group to provide their fall arrest, height safety equipment. Checkmate strives to develop products which offer innovation, comfort and reliability in a multitude of applications and we are pleased that the Marine Incident Response Groups of the MCA have placed their confidence in our products.”

For further information contact:

Mark Hesslegrave – Sales Director 01795 580333