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Police & Homeland Security

Cut-Tex® PRO slash resistant fabric is now being used to manufacture some of the most effective high performance cut and slash resistant protective clothing for law enforcement and other homeland security professionals around the world.

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Prison Service

Find out why Cut-Tex® PRO is used to create potentially lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing for prison or correctional officers.

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Health Care

Bite protection arm guards made out of Cut-Tex® PRO can effectively help protect professionals working in special educational needs, mental health care and high secure hospitals.

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Industry

Cut-Tex® PRO can be manufactured into protective garments that help reduce the risk of cut injuries within flat glass, sheet metal, construction, recycling and automotive manufacturing industries.

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Ice Hockey

Cut-Tex® PRO is ideal for the manufacturing of cut resistant clothing - preventing cuts and lacerations in ice hockey as well as ice speed skating.

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Equestrian

Find out why Cut-Tex® PRO is used to manufacture protective garments for horses and the horse rider.

News

23rd June 2014

Cut-Tex® PRO Used To Design Slash Resistant Clothing to Help Protect Cab & Taxi Drivers

PPSS Slash Resistant Turtleneck Jacket
PPSS Slash Resistant Jacket

PPSS high performance slash resistant clothing will help protect cab & taxi drivers - who often work alone at night, dealing with potentially hostile, intoxicated and 'out of control' members of the public.

Following several violent knife attacks of this nature on cab & taxi drivers, UK based PPSS Group have now launched cut and slash resistant clothing made out of 100% Cut-Tex® PRO.

Are you aware of some of the most recent incidents?

Just last weekend a taxi driver in Scotland has been seriously hurt in an attack by a passenger who made off in the car. A taxi driver was left seriously injured after being attacked with a knife by a passenger who drove off in his car.

Jay Waiton, a 60 year old cab driver from Salina (Kansas, USA) was brutally attacked a short while ago leaving him with several severe injuries commented:  "I woke up and thank the Lord that I was still alive... I guess maybe he thought he killed me and that's when he stopped. I passed out and I thought I was dead".

The safety of these public facing, lone working, professionals has to be great importance. Their job takes them to many places that can often be remote, extremely dangerous and in many cases without any mobile/cell phone reception. The great variety of people they have in their vehicles represent another obvious, realistic and serious threat to the driver.

Racial harassment and aggressive complains about the fare and serious drunken disorder are now also issues taxi drivers have to face, often on a daily basis... especially at the end of weekend nights when customers have been drinking excessively all day and night. These are the words of a cab driver in a civilized country!

Just read the following international news snips for yourself:

Several cab and taxi firms have now invested in a number of technical devices, in order to help improve the personal safety of their employees.  CCTV systems have become a valuable device to combat aggressive incidents, sending a clear signal to the passenger they will be filmed, they will be prosecuted and the video footage will be used as physical evidence in a court of law.

'Preventative Technology' of this type will not work successfully every time because some aggressive members of the public either don't care about the potential repercussion following an assault or they are simply so intoxicated they just don't get it any more.
This is why we need an additional 'safety net', something that protects these professionals in case the CCTV system and the driver's great communication skills and great personality have failed to stop such attack.

PPSS Slash Resistant Arm Guard
PPSS Slash Resistant Arm Guard

Smart looking and comfortable slash resistant turtle neck jackets, sweat shirts and arm guards can act as such effective 'safety net' and are ideal for taxi drivers.

Everyone needs to understand, that a knife attack, which sees the radial artery, the carotid artery or the axillary artery being slashed will under normal circumstances lead to a very rapid blood loss and in the worst case scenario death within a very few minutes.

We encourage taxi drivers to contact us if they wish to discuss this matter or in case they wish to highlight any acts of violence they have had to face during their career.  We would love to hear from you, as it may well help us to develop additional garments or equipment with your safety and protection in mind.

If you want to speak with my team about slash resistant clothing... please call 
+44 (0) 845 5193 953, email info@ppss-group.com or visit www.ppss-group.com

For all U.S. and Canada based inquiries please be so kind and visit the website of our
North American division: www.ppss-northamerica.com. Alternatively, email 
info@ppss-northamerica.com or call 800-928-4802


Author: Robert Kaiser