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15th August 2005

Checkmate’s Fall Arrest Equipment Expands Down Under

New Zealand’s largest distributor of steel and allied products will be adding a range of fall arrest height safety equipment to its extensive steel product portfolio.

Steel and Tube Distribution, part of the Steel and Tube Holdings Ltd group has signed an agreement with British manufacturer Checkmate UK Ltd, to sell their range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including their Pro Body Harness, Pro Lanyard, Temporary Lifelines, Anchorages, Fall Arrest Blocks and Rescue Equipment through their 16 service centres.

Checkmate launched their PPE range to the British market in 2001 and the ground breaking new products will enable employers to provide safety and protection for more users in much broader and diverse situations than ever before. The innovative range includes the world’s first all composite safety harness and composite lanyard. It also encompasses modular temporary and permanent lifeline systems, both rigid and flexible, vertical and horizontal to suit every conceivable application.

In 2004 the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for their contribution to International Trade. 85% of the company’s production is exported outside the EU to Scandinavia, Canada, United States, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Japan, Indonesia, Australasia, Equatorial Guinea and most recently Afghanistan. All Checkmate’s fall arrest products are designed and manufactured in the UK.

Steel and Tube Distribution has an existing product range of over 23,000 items for use in construction. Steve Pearce, National Manager for Chain & Rigging said “The addition of PPE to our product range will give customers a one stop shop for their lifting gear and safety requirements and reflects the importance that we as a company place on safety in the workplace.”

Checkmate’s Business Development Manager Fred Margerrison will be providing technical support and training.

Steel and Tube Holdings Ltd is New Zealand’s largest distributor of steel and allied products, has approximately 800 employees and a turnover of NZ$400 million (£157 million)