Andy Smith
MIne-action specialist 
 

Manual demining protection

Knee- shin-pads

 

 

To complete the protective ensemble, the PPE  includes long shin and knee protectors. These pads are rubber and have been found in tests to offer significant blast protection from AP mines 75cm away. However their performance against fragmentation is unknown.

They do not offer significant mine protection.

They are intended as an aid to kneeling on rough or damp ground rather than as protection against a blast. Easily attached with Velcro straps, they extend from the ankle to the knee without restricting leg movement or the ability to kneel and stand easily. Those deminers who have tried them said that they wanted to have them available to use whenever the ground was wet or rough.

The nominal dimensions of the knee shin-pads are 46 x 15cm and they weigh around 1Kg (2.2 lbs).