Formula 1™: a gripping story

Anti-slip Guardian wellington boots, 2008

Racing tyres are made from soft rubber compounds which offer the best possible grip. They also have specific tread patterns to allow water to escape when the track is wet.

Taking these ideas, a shoe manufacturer has worked with an F1™ tyre engineer to develop slip-resistant footwear. Using a special rubber material and tread pattern, they have designed soles with anti-slip protection for people working in areas with wet and greasy floors.

In a seven-month trial organised by the Health and Safety Executive’s laboratory, not a single person had a slip accident while wearing the footwear at a pet-food company in Doncaster. This is good news, as one person gets hurt in a workplace fall every 25 seconds in the UK.

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