fild experience and the Database of Demining Accidents to inform me over what the
needs for protection really are - I have designed a range of
protective equipment over the years.
aim has been to produce low-cost and effective equipment that
can be manufactured near the point of use. As a result, while
I have established manufacture in Africa, I retain no commercial
interest in any of my designs and make them freely available
to appropriate groups on request.
apron concept - whereby only the front of the deminer is protected
- has been taken up and adapted by many others and proved very
popular in the field. My original apron design (1996) is very widely
used, along with my design of blast visors. The
severity of injury caused by inappropriate tools has been recognised
and the use of blast-resistant tools is now recommended in the
International Mine Action Standards (IMAS).There
is an ongoing need for improved tools - which I continue to
work on sporadically. Design engineers may like to work on this,
but I recommended that they spend hours actually using any tool
before blast-testing it or announcing its success.
This picture is of the mine-grab.