MIPS, a company that specialises in helmet-based safety and brain protection, recently announced its partnership with Swedish industrial safety company, Guardio, and the development of the first MIPS-equipped industrial safety helmet.
The Guardio Armet MIPS helmet is expected to provide a safer working environment for construction workers and will be launched in June 2019.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the construction industry has the greatest number of both fatal and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among U.S. workplaces.” It further states that from 2003 - 2010, 25% of all construction fatalities were caused by a TBI.
The MIPS brain protection system is designed to reduce the rotational motion transmitted to the brain from angled impacts to the head. Rotational motion can affect the brain and increase the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. MIPS’ added protection system has been proven to reduce the rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain.
“We are very excited about the partnership with Guardio which means that we now can add protection to safety helmets as well,” says Max Strandwitz, CEO of MIPS. “This is a new category for us but a category that MIPS have been looking at for a long time. Guardio is a partner that shares our values and we are looking forward to when the helmet will be released on the market.”