Red Wing Boa Boots Win 2011 British Safety Industry Federation Innovation Award
Monday May 23rd 2011, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Utility & Safety

Wondering about Boa’s durability? Oil & Gas Workers seem to like the system — just check out this award Red Wing boots with Boa took home from the 2011 British Safety and Health Expo in Birmingham this week.

From our friends at Simon Safety in the UK
The Red Wing 3282 Safety Boot with Boa Lacing Technology received high commendation from judges at the BSIF Safety Awards at the Safety and Health Expo in Birmingham this week.

Speaking after the award ceremony in Birmingham, Managing Director Simon Ashton was thrilled to receive the award which champions the importance of innovation and the highest standards of excellence in improving occupational health and safety in the UK. RedWing - 2492

“Our head office and distribution centre is located in Milford Haven, alongside the UK’s largest oil and gas port, the new energy capital of the UK. This award recognises our efforts in responding to the demands of the people within the energy industry and marks the company as a major player at the heart of an industry which is so important to the local economy of West Wales.”

The new innovative Red Wing 3282 Safety Boot with Boa Lacing Technology has been specifically designed and developed for the rugged requirements of offshore oil and gas workers involved in drilling operations, offering superior protection against chemicals, oil based cutting fluids, mud and sea water exposure. It brings together a number of technologies and features to produce a unique, high-performing product for the off-shore industries.

”We take a very proactive approach with our customers, to ensure we understand their needs, as this superb example shows, by working with the Red Wing Shoe Co. we were able to share information and recognise the needs of the workers who operate in very difficult conditions bringing oil and gas ashore. Our speciality is to continually work with the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry to bring about solutions that will help make their workforce safer,” added Simon Ashton.

“The Boa Boot came about as a result of this approach, and we were delighted to be able to work with the excellent development team at Red Wing to bring this product to the UK market”

Simon is also confident that bringing this unique product to the UK market will enable his company to be positioned as a leading and innovative supplier to the oil and gas industries in the UK, beyond its traditional West Wales location.

The boot has a ballistic nylon waterproof upper that is highly resistant to calcium chloride, zinc bromide and many other specific contaminants. It’s highly corrosion resistant upper makes it perfect for applications where exposure to contaminants can break down traditional leather footwear quickly.

The design also provides a more flexible, breathable and better fitting solution to rubber footwear where poor fit brings increased risks of trips and falls. A Vibram sole unit which provides excellent support and comfort with good flexibility, lends enhanced traction and grip with outstanding resistance to abrasion.

Simon Ashton says that one of the most innovative aspects of the boot which brought the award to Simon Safety & Lifting Centre Ltd is the revolutionary Boa ® Lacing Technology.

“This makes lacing up quick and easy by turning the dial. One click of the reel releases laces for instant loosening. These boots are the perfect choice for workers who demand a micro fit for full support combined with the convenience of a rigger style boot. Once the dial is adjusted, lace tension is evenly distributed and locked in.

“Fast and easy on and off yet with the precise fit of a traditional lace up boot equals better fit and reduced risk of trips and falls. Simon Safety and Red Wing bring technical innovation from the sporting goods world to a performance work application.

“The Boa Lacing System was designed to address the long list of deficiencies found in traditional closures and delivers benefits completely foreign to traditional shoe and boot laces, buckles, ratchets, Velcro straps, and other closures of yesteryear.

“The BOA Lacing Technology allows the wearer to slip the boots on and off with speed and without having to touch laces contaminated with dirt, chemicals or other hazardous materials. The combination of a ballistic nylon upper with BOA technology makes this a truly unique product.”

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Thanks for these great posts!I really like this post.

Comment by vullikanti19 05.07.12 @ 12:32 am

Interesting :)

Comment by WORKSafe 05.08.12 @ 1:35 am

Hi, are these boots manufactured in the UK?

Comment by Paul Haynes 10.22.12 @ 4:37 am

Hi Paul, no they are not manufactured in the UK. You can learn more about Red Wing boots on their website here:

Comment by daxkelm 10.24.12 @ 3:42 pm

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