With 150 years of experience, more than 7,000 employees across over 400 sites in the UK, Tarmac combines knowledge and expertise into building the future of building materials and construction solutions. The company contributes to some of the biggest construction projects in the UK. Working with cement, asphalt, concrete etc., Tarmac needs the best footwear to secure their employees and they looked to MASCOT.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is one the very basics of how Tarmac protect their employees from risks at work. In many cases PPE forms an additional layer of protection for employees in case other control measures fail.
One particularly important piece of PPE is metatarsal safety boots, something that all our site-bases employees are required to wear.
»Employees working in our Contracting business raised concerns about the performance and comfort of our existing safety footwear. Long hours on their feet, variable ground conditions and wet weather can all result in footwear becoming uncomfortable for the wearer. Concerns centred around the weight of the boot, discomfort caused by the steel toe cap and metatarsal protection, boots leaking in wet weather, overall quality and the need to replace them within a few months of purchase.«
So, in order to address these concerns, Tarmac took a truly collaborative approach by partnering with their leading supplier, MASCOT.
»Engagement began with MASCOT working closely with our teams in Contracting to fully understand the challenges that employees were facing with their boots. These discussions formed the basis of a complete boot redesign taking into account the needs of Tarmac’s employees. Rigorous factory testing ensured that the new design solved the common concerns such as comfort, water-proofing and durability.
A small group of employees were asked to test the new design by MASCOT as part of initial trials followed by more wider trials at Tarmac sites including our contracting depot at Agecroft.
Successful trials and positive feedback from the workforce have meant that this next generation of safety footwear has gone into full production and is now readily available on the UK market.«
An employee at Agecroft commented: »It was great to be asked to be involved in the process of redesigning our safety boots. Not only did this show that Tarmac was listening to our concerns over our existing boots’ performance, but it also meant that the new product reflects the real challenges that we face working on site.«
By working closely with Tarmac, MASCOT was able to fully address employee concerns and provide a new, bespoke safety footwear solution whilst involving employees on the journey. In addition, Tarmac was able to ensure that the materials used for the new boot were sourced and manufactured in a responsible and sustainable way.
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