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Homestory #11: An obstacle course with the uvex pheos cx2 sonic

They’re adventurers, DIY enthusiasts, master builders and everyday heroes. They love a challenge and put their heart and soul into everything they do. Away from the big building sites and high-risk jobs, they’re exposed to dangers that shouldn’t be underestimated. Yet they still remain relaxed and focused, achieving good results, thanks to outstanding equipment. They trust the protection provided by uvex safety products. Our home stories feature people reporting on their very own areas of application and favourite products.

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A key account manager aims high

At uvex, we are all striving towards our common goal of protecting people, whether in their free time or at work. Real people are behind every pair of safety spectacles, every pair of safety footwear and every pair of earplugs. These are people who have worked with commitment and passion day in, day out, to make uvex what it is today – and that has been the case for more than 90 years now.

The key to our success is firmly in the hands of our employees – and we intend to put them in the limelight in a series of blogs: “Business is people”

 

Rolf Eberhard (55) is the first to feature in our series. In his capacity as Key Account Manager in the Business Development department, he is responsible for the strategic development of new business. Yet there is one thing which makes him stand out in the professional world: his dream of making it to the top extends beyond his career to the highest mountains in the world.

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Homestory #5: Tough Mudder

Their lives are filled with adventure, DIY, crafts and building, but also saving the day. They rise to the challenge and are always totally committed. Aside from the inherent risks they face professionally, these everyday heroes open themselves up to other dangers away from their jobs, which should not be underestimated. That they remain relaxed and focused as they achieve excellent results is down to their exceptional equipment. They place their trust in uvex safety products. Our real life stories allow others to share personal experiences with their favourite uvex products.

Like many others, our colleague Manfred F. from Gedern enjoys being active and keeping fit. He has run marathons in the past, which were great experiences, but has now focused his energy on a very special activity in his spare time. For the first time, Manfred took part in the Tough Mudder race in Hesse on 10 August 2014. Tough Mudder is a team challenge in which participants must complete an 18 km obstacle course through mud and grease.  They must swim and dive through ice water, crawl through an electrically charged field of mud, scale walls slicked with butter and mud, run up a greased up quarter pipe and much more.  We interviewed Manfred to find out more about how he mastered this extreme endurance event:

 

uvex: Could you please briefly describe the hobby/leisure activity in which you use uvex personal protective equipment.

MF: I have loved sports for as long as I can remember and I regularly take part in long-distance runs and marathons.  At one point I just fancied a new challenge, something more demanding but still fun. A friend told me about the Tough Mudder race. My first thought was that it is absolutely crazy, but it is totally right for me!

 

uvex: Which dangers and challenges do you encounter?

MF: Of course, it is not entirely without risk because you are crawling through mud, climbing up wooden walls and traversing up and along ropes. Dealing with jagged rocks, wooden stakes and branches, sharp edges and all manner of slippery obstacles is all part of the fun.

 

uvex: How are you protected when engaging in your hobby?

MF: I wear safety gloves that fulfil a range of functions, such as providing excellent grip and protecting me from the dangers mentioned above. I also know from the areas of application for these gloves in industry that they offer extremely good slip-resistance in oily environments. Now I have put them to the test in mud as well and they passed with flying colours. 🙂

 

uvex: Which uvex products do you wear for protection?

MF: uvex phynomic XG safety gloves.

 

uvex: Has using uvex products changed the way you practice your hobby/leisure activity?

MF: The exceptional wearer properties of this product really helped me succeed in this extreme challenge. Without these gloves, I think I would have had considerable problems conquering the course, not to mention the injuries my hands would have sustained.

Many thanks to Manfred F. for the open interview! We think it’s great that you were involved in such a daring competition and wish you all the best for your sporting future!

 

uvex is delighted that its industrial health and safety products are used in the private domain as well as professional working life. However, we are of course not able to ensure that the right products are used privately for the respective activity. uvex therefore does not accept any liability for the correct and appropriate application of products and their condition, nor can it be held liable for non-uvex products.

In the following gallery you can get convinced of the sporting ambitions of our colleague:

Homestory #3: Climbing

Their lives are filled with adventure, DIY, crafts and building, but also saving the day. They rise to the challenge and are always totally committed. Aside from the inherent risks they face professionally, these everyday heroes open themselves up to other dangers away from their jobs, which should not be underestimated. That they remain relaxed and focused as they achieve excellent results is down to their exceptional equipment. They place their trust in uvex safety products. Our real life stories allow others to share personal experiences with their favourite uvex products.

Passionate climber Paul G. talks about protecting himself from dangers.

uvex: Could you please briefly describe the hobby/leisure activity in which you use uvex personal protective equipment.

PG: In my spare time, I most like to be outdoors. I use uvex products when I am cycling or in the mountains, where I can enjoy many different activities. In winter I often go on ski tours, while I love to go hiking in the summer. When possible, I also like to go along a fixed-rope or via ferrata climbing trail, and I sometimes tackle an easier climbing wall up a rock face.

 

uvex: Which dangers and challenges do you encounter?

PG: There are many hazards when climbing and hiking. There is always a risk of falling, or of rockslides, while more difficult, overhanging terrain increases the danger of colliding into rock faces. Of course, the weather also plays a major role and it is very important up keep an eye on that. Reliable safety equipment is absolutely essential, as is having a climbing partner on whom you can depend.

 

uvex: How are you protected when engaging in your hobby?

PG: Alongside the standard planning for a tour, such as determining the route and checking the weather forecast, it is important to have the right equipment, including a harness, climbing ropes, different carabiners, hexes and a climbing helmet.

 

uvex: Which uvex products do you wear for protection?

PG: My climbing helmet is uvex pheos alpine.

 

uvex: Has using uvex products changed the way you practice your hobby/leisure activity?

PG: I feel so much safer now that I have replaced my old helmet, which was looking rather worse for wear. The uvex helmet is also extremely comfortable and considerably lighter than my previous helmet. This really helps reduce strain on the neck, especially when climbing where you have to look up quite a lot.

 

uvex: Do you have any photos of yourself in action, which we can put on our Facebook page?

PG: Yes, these pictures show me training in the climbing garden at Bad Heilbrunn with my son.

 

Paul G. and his son are a glowing example of how to climb, not forgetting their safety as they have fun and seek a little adrenaline rush. We thank Paul G. and his son, Benedikt, for talking to us and sharing their wonderful pictures. We hope they enjoy many more safe mountain tours in Germany.

 

Here are some pictures:

 

uvex is delighted that its industrial health and safety products are used in the private domain as well as professional working life. However, we are of course not able to ensure that the right products are used privately for the respective activity. uvex therefore does not accept any liability for the correct and appropriate application of products and their condition, nor can it be held liable for non-uvex products.

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The Prince of Tides: oil and gas production in South Africa

uvexTREME – the toughest jobs in the world

We all know that every job has its tough side, but there are jobs that are much tougher than we could ever imagine, where people take on the greatest risks and overcome all dangers with passion and courage. As passion and courage alone are not protection enough, uvex safety provides that added extra for everyday work. “Everyday” is not really the right word for this kind of job.

 

Oil and gas production in South Africa

We turn up the heating, sit down on the sofa, relax, warm up and get comfortable. Considerably less comfortable, however, are those who ensure we always have enough oil and gas.

Offshore drilling rig workers in South Africa must give their all every single day. Coming into contact with hydrogen sulphide, silicon dioxide, oil mist and mercury as well as various other chemicals over the course of their work poses a constant threat to their health. Not to mention the constant risk of explosions and flash fires from the different gases they work with. Bad weather and wind also mean there is always a risk of slipping and falling through to one of the lower levels.

High temperatures and extreme humidity on the drilling rigs are exacerbated by the permanent wetness. Over the course of a long shift, workers are exposed in the daytime to piercing sunlight, which is reflected even more in the large area of water, and at night they must deal with blindingly bright artificial light.

The extremely high level of noise pollution is almost the least of all the evils. Workers often have to climb into confined spaces for maintenance and repair work, where they can only move around on their hands and knees – and even sometimes just on their stomach.

uvex helps make the drilling rigs as safe as possible for those who work there by providing protective eyewear, face masks and gloves. The very least it can do to help those risking their lives out at sea so that we can be warm on the sofa.

 

How extreme is your job?

Is your job the toughest in the world? Why not show us!

 

Be part of “uvexTreme – the toughest jobs in the world. Tell us your story on facebook/uvexsafetygroup or send us an e-mail to safety@uvex.de.

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be part and tell us your story!

uvexTREME – the toughest jobs in the world

 

We all know that every job has its tough side, but there are jobs that are much tougher than we could ever imagine, where people take on the greatest risks and overcome all dangers with passion and courage.

As passion and courage alone are not protection enough, uvex safety provides that added extra for everyday work. “Everyday” is not really the right word for this kind of job.

 

Read on to discover more: uvexTREME – the toughest jobs in the world!

 

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Battle in the depths of the earth: underground mining in South Africa

How brightness deep under the earth’s surface can be blinding and drilling work can take the breath away – find out about it here.

 

 

 

 

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Staying cool: crude oil production in Russia

Our tip for anyone who feels that their job is not challenging enough: go and work in one of the most extreme environments in the world on crude oil production in Siberia. Find out more here.

 

 

 

How extreme is your job?

Is your job the toughest in the world? Why not show us!

 

Be part of “uvexTreme – the toughest jobs in the world. Tell us your story on facebook/uvexsafetygroup or send us an e-mail to  safety@uvex.de.

 

#uvexTREME
Staying cool: crude oil production in Russia

uvexTREME – the toughest jobs in the world

We all know that every job has its tough side, but there are jobs that are much tougher than we could ever imagine, where people take on the greatest risks and overcome all dangers with passion and courage. As passion and courage alone are not protection enough, uvex safety provides that added extra for everyday work. “Everyday” is not really the right word for this kind of job.

 

The word “Siberia” is immediately associated with snow storms and icy coldness, but not necessarily with people there producing huge quantities of crude oil round the clock under these extreme conditions.

Anyone looking for the toughest job in the world will find it in Siberia. One of the biggest risks in this kind of work is that oil will spurt out of a well and anyone operating the machinery, which is still under enormous pressure, might be hit by the escaping oil. Work on steam generators is also a constant source of danger as, time and time again, the high pressure involves dealing with emissions of scalding hot steam, contamination from burning oil and the uncontrolled discharge of sand. And, as if that was not enough, workers often have to carry out their tasks in the snow at temperatures as low as -50 degrees. uvex safety eyewear with a special anti-fogging coating noticeably minimises the risks for wearers. Unfortunately, uvex cannot change the weather.

 

How extreme is your job?

Is your job the toughest in the world? Why not show us!

 

Be part of “uvexTreme – the toughest jobs in the world. Tell us your story on facebook/uvexsafetygroup or send us an e-mail to  safety@uvex.de.

 

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