02 Aug2019

Western Power Distribution are the electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands, South West and Wales. They deliver electricity to over 7.8 million customers over a 55,500 square kilometres service area. A network which consists of 220,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables, and 185,000 substations resulting in the employment of over 6,500 staff.

The Problem

WPD felt they had a few problems with their safety footwear solution. These included:

  • Requirement for bespoke design choices
  • High costs
  • Missing specification

What did we offer?

Western Power Distribution approached us to develop a range of styles to protect them from the electrical risks that they face. WPD were fully aware that these styles are designed as secondary protective equipment for use in addition to other electrical hazard protection equipment i.e. gloves. Key features of these products are:

  • Certified to 18kV protection in accordance with ASTM F2413-18
  • New design features including yellow collar and lacing and new outsole mould compatible with climbing irons
  • Waterproof tested for 100 hours

Our Solution

Following a diligent trial and development process the RF800 PowerMax and RF900 Power were specified on the Western Power Distribution safety footwear tender took place during Q4 of 2017.

We now have boots on the ground and wearer feedback is continually being monitored.

Matthew Noon, Director at Rock Fall and Lucine Evans, Safety Advisor at Western Power Distribution worked together on the project.

We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Western Power Distribution on such an important project for both them, and the industry. Rock Fall has positioned itself as the go to manufacturer for end-users when they need something brand new. Working with WPD has been a pleasure from start to finish and we are proud of the results. Matthew Noon
As a Business we had been waiting for an electrical hazard boot which was CE marked to come on to the market, so we were more than happy to work with Rock Fall on the development of these work boots. Throughout the process Rock Fall have listened to our feedback and the result is two styles of work boot that are fit for purpose, comfortable, robust and meet WPD’s minimum standards for footwear. Lucine Evans

Our future

As the Rock Fall range is continually being developed other products are discussed when the time is appropriate. Ongoing wearer feedback is reviewed to ensure the continual performance and value for money is achieved.

For further information

Rock Fall sell via authorised distribution partners and work with end-users that specify our products ensuring they have all the information they need. Please get in touch on: +44 (0) 1773 608616 or email info@rockfall.com