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Construction Equipment Guide | Clayco Improves Worker Safety With New STUDSON Type II Safety Helmet

November 1, 2023

Clayco workers will be safer on the job due to a new partnership with STUDSON to bring a first-of-its-kind safety helmet to its employees across North America.

The new protective gear from North American safety helmet innovator STUDSON provides better protection than standard hard hats for employees of Clayco, the full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm, the company said.

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 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.

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.

"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 and CEO, STUDSON.

"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."

"Since I founded Clayco, safety has always been our first priority, and this commitment extends to the protective gear worn by our teams on job sites," said Bob Clark, Clayco's executive chairman and founder.

"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. 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.

For more information, visit STUDSON.com and claycorp.com.

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