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Groundbreaking New Safety Helmet Makes its Way to North America

Groundbreaking New Safety Helmet Makes its Way to North America

In an exciting new development in personal protective gear, a first-of-its-kind safety helmet is headed to thousands of construction employees across North America.


The new protective gear from Studson will provide better protection than standard hard hats for employees of Clayco, the full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build, and construction firm.


The initial 3,000-unit shipment of the SHK-1 Full Brim Safety Helmet, using STUDSON as the exclusive provider, represents Clayco’s first step in its planned transition to adopt the first-ever full-brim type II safety helmet in North America for employees across the organization.


The ANSI Z89.1 Type II safety helmets integrate cutting-edge head protection components primarily used in action sports helmets.


The helmets have numerous innovations to keep workers safe. Inside, the safety helmet features Koroyd welded tube polymer for absorbing impact. The Koroyd material provides more effective heat dissipation and venting via its cellular structure design.


“In working with Clayco to develop the SHK-1 Full Brim Safety Helmet, we knew that it needed to provide improved ventilation and comfort along with 360-degree head safety, especially for those who work outside and prefer the full-brim style of helmet,” said Ryan Barnes, founder & CEO, Studson.


On the shell, the embedded Twiceme technology digitally integrates a wearer’s health data. In the event of an emergency, that data is accessible via a smartphone NFC chip reader viewable through an SMS text message or the TwiceMe app available for iOS or Android devices.


“Studson is proud to bring to market the first full-brim safety helmet that complies with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1 Type I and II safety standards. That means the safety helmet is designed to reduce force as a result of impacts to the front, back, and sides, not just to the top of the head,” Barnes said.


Clayco’s founder, Bob Clark, said since he started the company safety has always been the company’s first priority, including protective gear.


“We knew we needed to transition to a type II safety helmet due to its overwhelming safety advantages, but we didn’t find anything available that offered the right mix of comfort and performance in a full-brim form factor, which is the type of hard hat our team members prefer,” Clark said.


Clark added, “We also didn’t want our workforce looking like rock climbers or bicycle riders. By working closely with Ryan Barnes and the team at Studson, we now have the safety helmet of the future, and we are thrilled to be the first to transition all our employees to the SHK-1 Full Brim Type II Safety Helmet.”


Making its debut at the American Society of Safety Professionals (AASP) Safety Show in June, Studson initially launched the SHK-1 Full Brim Type II Safety Helmet for pre-orders.


The helmets, including a non-vented Class E version for electrical workers, are now available for purchase today on the company’s website. 


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