MCR Safety has 45 years of experience as a leader in the field of personal protective equipment (PPE). Their assortment of offerings includes gloves, glasses, and garments that are made from the highest quality materials available to ensure maximum safety, comfort, and style.

MCR Safety Forceflex® Glove

Hand injuries due to back of hand impact and crush were reduced by as much as 50% in the oil and gas segment after the original Forceflex® glove series was introduced into the market in 2009. A few years later, the number of hand injuries had plateaued in the segment.

MCR Safety wanted to design a new Forceflex® glove that would help to keep reducing the injury rate and began looking for ways to improve protection levels to cut injury rates, without impacting on the level of dexterity and grip.

Oil rig worker wearing Forceflex gloves

Vice President of Product Strategy and Innovations Paul Harris: “As an avid motorcycle rider, I trust D3O® inside my riding jacket and pants to protect my life.

“When it comes to protecting the worker, we wanted to offer the same level of trust, assurance and protection so they go home at night unhurt – which is our ultimate goal.”

The Approach

The Forceflex® line of multitask gloves were originally developed by MCR Safety with the oil industry to achieve protection, durability, grip, and dexterity in dry, wet or oily conditions.

“We wanted D3O to provide the best combination of impact protection and dexterity available in the market today while further reducing the number of impact related injuries,” said Harris.

The Solution

With the addition of D3O® material and other construction modifications following ExxonMobil field trials in the Falkland Islands, the new Forceflex FF2930 sets a new standard for gloves. Trial users reported a significant increase in dexterity compared to their previous protective gloves.

“When workers try these for the first time, improved dexterity, grip and flexibility are mentioned most. The real beauty is we have been able to achieve those things while also providing the best impact and shock reduction to our customers,” said Harris.

Key Success Factors

  • Meets the new ANSI/ISEA 138 Level 2 standard for back of hand protection
  • 54% better back of hand impact dissipation and protection
  • 46% better finger impact dissipation and protection


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