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Latest safety-helmet suspensions offer improved comfort

Painful compression headaches due to safety helmets that don’t fit properly are now a thing of the past thanks to flush suspension tabs on the latest MSA Fas-Trac® III ratchet suspensions, available from MSA Africa for its V-Gard range of safety helmets.

The latest suspensions can be ordered pre-fitted on any MSA V-Gard helmet, or as spares. “We have made it painless for our customers to standardise on these new suspensions as there is no change in part numbers for complete helmet assemblies. MSA Fas-Trac® III is the answer to all of your safety-helmet requirements,” Suraksha Mohun, Product Marketing Manager, MSA Africa, comments.

In addition, two different sweatband options are available, depending on application or preference. These are PVC perforated wipeable or sweat-wicking replaceable foam, which is machine washable. The foam sweatband is made from breathable fabric for direct air permeation. MSA Fas-Trac® III boasts the largest sweatband surface area on any safety helmet, which improves perspiration absorption by covering more of the headband and the wearer’s forehead.

“Extensive customer research has revealed that the MSA Fas-Trac® III wheel-ratchet suspension is preferred by most users over what they are currently wearing,” Mohun comments. This is due to the main benefits of improved helmet comfort, retention, and stability, with the added advantage of easy single-handed adjustment.

The premium MSA Fas-Trac® III suspension also comes with a lower nape strap than any other protection helmet suspension, which improves balance and means that the safety helmet stays on when the wearer leans over.

Separating the ratchet from the neck also allows the comfort pad to cradle the wearer’s head, increasing air flow. The ratchet has a smooth rotation and an easy-grip knob that can be adjusted even when wearing gloves. Superior nape fit and compatibility with other personal protective equipment is ensured by three levels of height adjustment.

MSA Fas-Trac® III suspensions are available for all V-Gard industrial safety helmets from MSA Africa, from the popular basic model to the full-feature premium ABS V-Gard 500, specific peakness V-Gard 520, and high-temperature ThermalGard versions.

About MSA
MSA Africa has been the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality safety products since 1914. MSA products may be simple to use and maintain, they are also highly-sophisticated devices and protective gear – the result of countless R&D hours, relentless testing, and an unwavering commitment to quality that saves lives and protects thousands of men and women each and every day. Many of MSA’s most popular products integrate multiple combinations of electronics, mechanical systems, and advanced materials to ensure that users around the world remain protected in even the most hazardous of situations. MSA’s dedication to safety has been the key to its impressive year-over-year growth. In eight of the past ten years, MSA has achieved record growth numbers, with annual revenues of more than US$1 billion.


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