Fibreglass vs steel toe caps – do you know the differences…
The Rock Fall range is largely constructed using 100% non-metallic components. When Rock Fall researched the pros and cons of different toe cap material, they discovered some interesting statistics….
The Key Points to Rock Fall research:
1. 26.5% more space for the feet when using a fibreglass toe cap. This is because fibreglass toecaps are wider and taller than their steel equivalents.
2. Fibreglass toecaps are tested to 200J impact testing, in line with the EN 12568:2010 standard. But they are also Thermal Aged tested separately at both low (-20°C) and high (+60°C) and then 200J Impact tested. They are also separately exposed to Alkali, Acid and Fuel Oil and 200J Impact tested.
3. Typically, when testing steel toecaps they compress within tolerance; whereas Rock Fall believes, Fibreglass toecaps rebound and dissipate shock more effectively. This is verified in tests conducted with ITS and other testing houses and notified bodies for the PPE regulation.
4. This has benefits when working in trackside environments, both under and overground, as the toe cap is non-conductive, unlike steel, and so is safer to use.
5. The non-metallic toe cap also has benefits when working in environments with metal detectors, such as airports.
To see what Rock Fall got up to when testing, watch the video here!