Centurion and MIPS partner to bring leading helmet safety technology to the UK
Above-the-neck PPE specialist Centurion Safety Products, has announced a partnership with Swedish helmet safety technology company Mips, which will see the British manufacturer incorporate the Mips (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) patented helmet-based technology within their market-leading Nexus helmet.
When the Centurion Nexus with Mips helmet technology launches in March 2021, Centurion will become the first UK manufacturer to offer Mips helmet technology in a hard hat and be the first company globally to incorporate the new Mips ‘cradle’ rotational impact protection system into their helmets.
In contrast with helmets which only use a foam liner to reduce impact shock, the Centurion Nexus already features advanced protection in the form of a liner and six-point cradle system, which acts as a secondary layer, reducing impact shock further and helping to reduce risk for acquired brain injury. The addition of Mips helmet technology will further enhance the protection by decreasing rotational motion otherwise transferred to the head from certain oblique impacts.
Injury statistics show that our head is likely to hit the ground at an angle when we slip, trip or fall. Also when we receive an impact to the head from a falling object or debris, off center, rotational motion may be introduced to the head. The Mips Low Friction Layer allows the head to move inside the helmet (10mm – 15mm relative motion in all directions) on certain angled impacts, which can redirect the harmful rotational motion otherwise transferred to the head. Studies show that the human brain is 6–7 times more sensitive to rotational motion than linear motion. Impacts that generate rotational motion can cause strain to the brain tissue, which may lead to minor or severe brain trauma. Concussion injuries or even more serious brain injuries are commonly caused by rotational motion of the brain.
Mips helmet technology is based on 25 years of research and is already popular in the sports market where many skiers and cyclists consider Mips a must-have feature in their helmets. Combining the advanced industrial safety standards and superior comfort of the Centurion Nexus with Mips helmet technology will create a market-leading helmet protection system.
Nick Hurt, CEO of Centurion Safety Products says: “As leaders in above-the-neck PPE, our customers trust us to be at the forefront of head protection innovation so we are constantly looking at how we can ensure our products not only meet relevant safety standards but exceed them.
“We are therefore excited to become the first company to incorporate the Mips cradle rotational impact protection system into our helmets. The Mips system will be featured in our market-leading Centurion Nexus helmet, which is already a stand-out product thanks to its advanced safety standards.”
Max Strandwitz, Mips CEO says: “We are very proud to announce this partnership, Centurion is a trusted well-established British PPE Manufacturer of over 140 years, who share our values and lead in occupational head protection. We know that construction workers are particularly at risk for accidents, especially head injuries.
“For people who take a high risk because of their occupation, the best possible helmet at work should also be a priority. Protection against rotational motion should be as important for safety helmets as airbags and seatbelts are in cars,”
Despite the widespread and mostly mandatory use of hard hats, construction and industrial workers are still at risk for severe head injuries including concussion. They can suffer concussions from the impact force from a slip, trip or fall, as well as from, for example, falling objects.
Register here to be part of head protection history and join Centurion and Mips for the unveiling of the Centurion Nexus with Mips helmet technology on Wednesday 24th March 2021.