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25th May 2011

Speedy Aims to Eradicate Falls From Height by Investing in Checkmate’s Award-Winning Xcalibre Fall Arrest Blocks

Speedy – the UK’s leading provider of equipment rental and support services has this week taken steps towards eradicating deadly falls from height in the workplace by announcing it will be standardising its fleet to include the award-winning Xcalibre fall arrest block.

The device effectively acts as a brake in the event of a worker falling from height. The block is attached by a wire from the worker to the building they are working on. In the event of a fall the wire locks in order to decelerate the user, reducing the impact of falls from height.

What makes the Xcalibre fall arrest block stand out from the crowd is its unique design which features a lightweight and highly-durable polymer casing.

The device won Checkmate the Queens Award for Innovation on April 21, 2011 – the third time the company has picked up the accolade since founded by Paul Auston in 1978.

Checkmate will provide Speedy with 1000 additional Xcalibre Fall Arrest Blocks and a buy-back scheme for half of Speedy’s existing blocks has been put in place. By the end of 2011, the entire Speedy fleet will have been standardised to include only this product.

Says Tony Longmire, training director at Speedy:

“This product is a fine example of British innovation, and will soon be provided as standard across our fleet. We put health and safety at the heart of everything we do at Speedy, and we’re confident that this piece of equipment will prevent many falls from height in the workplace.”

Oliver Auston, managing director of Checkmate added the following:

“We’re pleased to be able to announce this latest contract with Speedy. The awards we have won are testimony to the effectiveness of our products in preventing accidents, and working with Speedy will mean that they are available to many more users of height safety equipment.”

For further information on Checkmate’s range of fall arrest blocks, contact Oliver Auston on +44(0) 1795 580 333 or email Email Us
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