Coming Out of the Cold

To enter, just send me a description of work you're doing now or have recently done in a cold environment –- and your shoe size.

Actually, I want to hear from you if you're still in the cold -– working offshore, possibly, or at a cold storage facility or outdoors during the winter months. Royal Dutch Shell's drilling this year in the deepwater offshore Alaska Arctic got me thinking about these tough jobs, and then an offer arrived from a representative of Rock Fall (UK) Ltd, a British safety footwear maker. Rock Fall recently introduced its Alaska RF001 thermal insulated boot and offered to let me give away one pair of them as a prize to a lucky reader.

The boot's rubber outsoles can withstand temperatures down to -40° F, and the company states that it surpasses the EN ISO 20345:2004 S3 CI European Safety Standards and has an SRC Slip Resistant Rating, a composite toe cap, and an anti-penetration composite internal midsole.

Rock Fall (UK) Ltd will send a pair of them in any size from UK6 to UK12 (equivalent to 6½ to 12½ in U.S. sizes) to the winner of this modest contest. To enter, just send me a description of work you're doing now or have recently done in a cold environment. Supporting photos are welcome, and I'll need to know the shoe size you want. The deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 30.

Then I'll consult with three other editors here, and together we'll choose the most challenging (or the most unusual, perhaps) entry as the winner. I'll send that person's information along to Clive Astin, my contact for Rock Fall (UK) Ltd, who has promised to ship the boots to that individual.

To the winner, they'll be a warm and protective gift to enjoy into the new year, I hope.

This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.

About the Author

Jerry Laws is Editor of Occupational Health & Safety magazine, which is owned by 1105 Media Inc.

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