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Just released to the Australian market, Oliver’s PB 49 Series of women’s safety footwear is a triumph of protection, comfort and style.

As a long established manufacturer of safety and industrial footwear, Oliver Footwear identified the need to create a range of safety and industrial footwear specific to the safety needs of women in the workplace. From the resources sector to manufacturing to the services and hospitality sector, the struggle to find comfortable work shoes for women is finally over.

The Oliver PB 49 Series offers six different styles including a lace up, slip on, elastic sided, jogger and the stylish cross strap that are bound to be the new benchmark in the market.

Firstly, Oliver Footwear asked its female customers their detailed requirements. Then, with a specific designed last that recognises that women have a different foot profile, the new PB 49 Series was created with comfort and safety being paramount.

So importantly the new PB 49 Series is designed as a woman’s fitting with added arch support.

The new range is also comfortable, light weight, breathable and with underfoot cushioning particularly for the workplaces where there are long hours spent either walking or standing.

Another important consideration was the need for slip resistance hence the choice of a dual density rubber outsole with a polyurethane midsole.

The excellent slip resistance not only meets the SRC slip standards but exceeds them. And having an anti-static sole, any build up of electrostatic activity is minimised.

Oliver’s unique comfort features have also been incorporated into the new Series including the proven combination of the COMFORTcushion® Impact Absorption System to provide a level of unsurpassed comfort for a variety of work conditions.

The new PB 49 Series also uses a revolutionary anti-bacterial solution which protects against odour, staining and deterioration caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. Both the full lining and the comfort footbed are infused with this permanently bonded solution to help maintain freshness.

Safety protection is provided by the NATUREform® safety steel toe cap with its wider profile allowing greater comfort against all types of impacts.

The outer sole has superior cut, slip and crack resistance is also heat resistant to 300° C of surface contact. The hardwearing rubber outsole resists mineral and organic oils and acids. All styles in the PB 49 Series uses water resistant quality leathers and uppers.

Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS 2210. 3.2009) and their International EN ISO and ASTM equivalents are also fully met.

Importantly all six styles in the Oliver PB 49 range are available in the metric size range 35-42.

For a full product specification contact Oliver Footwear on 03 53 200 200 or email info@oliver.com.au or see the website http://www.oliver.com.au/PB 49 Series for the full product story.


Oliver Footwear has been designing and manufacturing safety and industrial footwear for over 126 years and now have brought this extensive experience into play with their Emergency Services & First Responder range of footwear solutions.

This range includes the established Oliver specialist fire-fighters boots and two new WB 26 Tactical-style Boots made especially for an often forgotten component of the work force.

These are people who typically spend long hours each day on their feet as ‘First Responders’ in the safety, security or essential services industries where comfort and safety are paramount.

The WB 26-660 140mm Black Zip Sided and the WB 26-670 180mm Black Zip Sided Boots offer a host of comfort features as well as being stylish enough to appeal to the most discerning individual.

Both choices are available in regulation black and are specifically designed to provide support, comfort, and traction in high-stress situations.

Their lightweight, durable and shock absorbent construction make these tactical-style boots ideal for law enforcement personnel, public safety personnel, construction jobs, and much more.

Featuring all the traditional features Oliver is renowned for including the GRIPthane® dual density polyurethane sole with its soft shock absorbing midsole and a durable, slip-resistant outer sole, the COMFORTcushion® Impact Absorption System with a combination of cellular urethane and PORON1 to protect the heel and ball of the foot, and the Oliver stamp of quality footwear.

The new tactical-style boots also incorporate new innovations like the water resistant, lightweight CORDURA² fabric for added durability and the AEGIS Microbe Shield³ infused lining to protect against odour, staining and deterioration caused by bacteria and other micro-organisms.

The new comfort foot bed with its perforated foam layer enhances natural air flow to the foot and is now infused with AEGIS for added protection.

The outer sole is resistant to 130° Celsius of surface contact plus resistant to most oils, acids and alkali as well as having excellent slip resistance when damp or wet surfaces are encountered.
The convenient zip sided feature allows quick donning and doffing of the boots while the padded collar and tongue provide added comfort.
Reinforced stitching, polyurethane inserts, and durable arch supports make these boots more comfortable for extended shifts of duty.
The two new tactical-style Oliver 26 Boots are electrical resistant and have full compliance with stringent Australian and International Product Standards.
In size range from 4 – 13 with half size increments from 6 ½ to 10½, the WB 26-660 and WB 26-670 can be found at your leading safety supply distributor nationally.
For more information on these and other Oliver Footwear styles contact Oliver Footwear by emailing info@oliver.com.au , calling the company on 03 5320 0200, or see the website http://www.oliver.com.au/Emergency Services

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Oliver Footwear had added new size choices to its popular AT (All Terrain) 55 range of work boots in response to customer demand for safety protection that exactly meets their needs.

The size choices in the AT 55 range now includes additional half sizes 11½ and 12½ so that the entire AT 55 range is available from 4 to 14 in full sizes with the half size range now extending from 6½ to 12½.

Oliver Footwear’s Managing Director Phillip Hughes says the size additions are in request to responses direct from the market place and resellers including Australia’s main safety footwear distributors.

“The Oliver AT 55 range of workboots incorporates all the traditional Oliver values of superior comfort, durability and safety protection with multiple choices in both lace-up and elastic sided styles."

The Oliver AT 55’s are the preferred choice across the majority of wearer and workplace environments Australia –wide.

“The additional half size choices reflect Oliver’s commitment to safety protection as well as offering superior comfort for workers who encounter tough job site conditions on a regular basis”.

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Oliver Footwear’s popular AT 55 range now includes
additional half sizes to enhance the host of comfort and
protective features offered in the current range.

View the AT 55 range on the website http://www.oliver.com.au/AT 55 Series


Oliver Footwear has released new replacement laces in individual retail packages commencing from 1 April.

“Our distributors told us there was a need to consolidate the styles and sizes of replacement laces,
so Oliver has taken the initiative with improved presentation in recyclable and very visible bar-coded packs” Phil says.

For more information: contact your regular safety footwear supply provider
or contact Oliver Footwear direct on 03 5320 0200 or email info@oliver.com.au


Hip Pocket, Shepparton, was contacted by one of their customers, Jack Connors, who had only recently bought a pair of Oliver AT 55-232 Wheat Lace-Up Boot.

Jack called to thank them as he had an accident at work and believed his safety boot had saved his toes! Rob Jones, from Hip Pocket Workwear, immediately contacted Oliver Footwear to tell us of this wonderful story.

Jack had been at work and was moving stock from the back of the store on an electronic trolley jack as he normally did. Only on this occasion, a speed bump caused the trolley jack to leap into the air and come down squarely on his foot!

Jack was amazed to see that, although the steel safety cap on his boot was almost folded in half, his toes had almost no damage to them at all!

“I’m so glad that the boots worked to their potential,” said Jack. “They saved my toes! I'll be sure to let my friends and work colleagues know about such a great product.”

Hip Pocket Workwear happily replaced Jack’s damaged Oliver AT 55-232 with a brand new one. “Thank you so much for your outstanding service!” said a delighted Jack.

Sandii from Hip Pocket Workwear, Shepparton,
giving Jack Connors his new Oliver AT 55-232.

The new Oliver WB 26 Non-Safety Work Boots Range incorporates all our knowledge from 126 years of manufacturing Australia’s top quality, tough work boots, and presents them in a new state of the art, comfortable and stylish package.

Using all the durability, performance and comfort features of the leading Oliver Safety Range, the new Range also incorporates innovative features like the Aegis Microbe Shield® solution to reduce bacteria that causes odour, staining and product deterioration

The new range provides seven styles - a mix of elastic sided and lace-up boots with two new special purpose styles suited to security officials, patrol personnel, and first responders.

More on the Oliver Non-Safety Range can be viewed at: http://www.oliver.com.au/WB 26 Series Non-Safety

Oliver Footwear has taken the humble Elastic Sided Boot to a new dimension with the release of the AT 55-222 combining a wheat coloured, water resistant Nubuck leather upper with all the traditional Oliver features of comfort, durability and safety protection. And now with a TECtuff® rubberised toe bumper to safeguard against premature wear caused by scuffing.

The new Oliver AT 55 -222 is available from September 2013 Australia-wide through all major safety supply retailers.

http://www.oliver.com.au/AT 55 Range

The WB 34 Series is one of the lightest work boots we’ve ever made. But it isn’t light on features. It is packed with innovations like the NATUREform® safety steel toe cap, advanced heat, acid and split-resistant sole, the unique COMFORTcushion® Impact Absorption System and the new breathable AEGIS Microbe Shield solution infused in the lining and foot bed.

The new lightweight footwear range has eighteen different style choices that meet demanding adherence conditions, particularly with wet or slippery job sites, as well as Electrical Hazard (EH) resistance requirements. So wherever your work takes you, you’ll find the WB 34 Series is the ultimate blend of safety and comfort.

For more information on the Oliver WB 34 range contact your usual safety products and footwear supplier through their national branches. More on the WB 34 range can be viewed at: http://www.oliver.com.au/WB 34 Range

Oliver Footwear would like to thank everyone that bought a pair of Oliver boots and entered the ‘125th Birthday Celebration’ promotion.

The lucky winner, Josip Bicanic from Western Australia, and friends are in for an experience of a lifetime!

All 4 will be taken to this year’s YAS V8 400 at the Yas Marina Circuit, with return airfares to Abu Dhabi, 5 night’s accommodation, corporate hospitality in the V8 Supercar Paddock, meet & greet SP Tools driver Shane Van Gisbergen plus a pit tour, a V8 Supercar Merchandising Pack and transfers to and from the airport in Abu Dhabi; a total prize value at over $25,000!

The winning pair of boots was bought from Work Clobber in Wangara. A happy staff member at Work Clobber said,”we are so thrilled that the winning entry came from here...especially for a national competition!”

To those who weren’t so lucky, at least now you have a great pair of boots, and you can still watch all the action of the YAS V8 400 on Prime 7.

Josip Bicanic, the lucky winner of the 125th Birthday Celebration Promotion,
proudly holding the Oliver boot that won him and his friends a trip to Abu Dhabi!

This year we celebrate our 125th Birthday. It is an amazing achievement that makes us one of Australia’s oldest brands.

 We have joined with Prime 7 and V8 Supercars to provide an exclusive ‘money can’t buy’ motor racing experience. One of you and three mates could win a trip to the Yas V8 400 in Abu Dhabi.

 The competition is simple: anyone over the age of 18 that purchases an Oliver work boot during the period 10th August to 10th October 2012 can go into the on-line draw. All entrants must retain their receipt as proof of purchase.

 This extraordinary prize for the winner and three mates consists of:

  • Return economy airfares to Abu Dhabi

  • 5 nights’ accommodation

  • Corporate hospitality in the V8 Supercar Paddock

  • Meet & greet with V8 Supercar driver Shane Van Gisbergen plus a pit tour

  • V8 Supercar Merchandising Pack

  • Transfers to and from the airport in Abu Dhabi.


 The winner will be drawn on the 11th of October 2012 and announced on Prime 7, GWN7, 7QLD and Oliver Footwear websites. The winner will also be notified by phone and email.

 For further information contact us on 1300 1BOOTS (26687) or at info@oliver.com.au

Accidents on project sites still occur despite the best safety policies, precautions and work practices. Construction worker Darren Sisson’s experience shows, the best protection still plays a key part when an accident does occur.

Darren has in recent times worked on the Airport Link tunnel in Brisbane and now on building an access tunnel for an underground coal mine. He has often worn a pair of Oliver work boots as part of his personal safety equipment.

Earlier this year Darren was working on on the last night shift of his three day and two night swing shift. The last job was the stocking up and loading of a five tonne drilling and bolting rig attachment that is a key part of the roof and wall support for the project.

Darren was repeating a process that he has done many times before; attaching the drilling and bolting rig to a loader and stocking it with the resin chemicals. Thinking that everything was safe he approached the bolter - but stood back a little just in case. As he loaded the resin, the five tonne bolter rig slipped off the loader and landed on his left foot!

Darren was quickly taken to the first aid room where his boot had to be cut to be removed.

“I was lying back waiting for my toes to fall out onto the floor or blood to gush everywhere when the boot was removed. I was thinking this is my start to a new life, a life with half a foot, or no toes” said Darren.

Throughout the ambulance trip to the Hospital, Darren couldn’t even bring himself to look at his foot. His thoughts were of no job, no foot and a very grim outlook.

At the hospital, Darren thought it was finally time he too had a first look at his foot.

"I could see my toes and they looked heaps better than I thought they would."

“The doctors came back to say that my big toe wasn’t even broken but the third toe had a hairline fracture. They also said that I would lose my toenail indefinitely’, Darren said.

“So all worked out well with just a loss of the big toenail”

A post accident review was done using the steel capped gumboots - the standard issue to the works team – in a simulation. It showed that when the bolter was dropped on the gumboot, the steel cap was pressed right through the gumboot leaving no protected inside.

But as Darren was wearing his own preferred Oliver boots, the protective cap and the sturdy construction of the boot protected his foot.

Recent father Darren says, “If I had not been wearing my Oliver Boots and if I had been wearing their gumboots, I would have lost my toes… I am so grateful I was wearing them on this shift”.

“I am back to playing squash, mountain bike riding and playing with my baby girl and chasing my wife to be around the house again and just enjoying life as it should be”.


I am pleased to announce that King's Safetywear Limited (KSW) has entered into a strategic initiative with Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), a Fortune 100 company and global market leader in the Personal Protective Equipment space through its Honeywell Safety Products division (HSP).

The ultimate owners of KSW have signed an agreement with Honeywell effecting the sale of 100% of KSW shares to Honeywell. The completion of this transaction is expected around mid-December 2011.

Honeywell, through HSP, undertakes to keep the KSW Group structures intact and to retain its entire management and employees in their respective roles and positions. The KSW structure and business will be placed in HSP.

The KING'S, OTTER and OLIVER brands shall be retained and their market positioning maintained.

Through its subsidiaries worldwide, KSW shall maintain 'business as usual' with its stakeholders including customers, distributors, suppliers, contractors, unions, industry associations, consultants and employees.

The management believes that this new strategic direction will enable our existing business to make the quantum leap to true global leadership.

On behalf of the KSW Group, I sincerely thank our stakeholders worldwide for their valued support through the years. Looking ahead, I would anticipate these relationships being enhanced in quality and mutual benefit from achieving synergies and gaining added support services available through this association with Honeywell.

Frankie Chan
Executive Chairman
King's Safetywear Limited

In March this year Cape York mine worker Todd Bairstow spent fifteen minutes battling a 3.5 metre long crocodile which attacked him from behind while he was fishing on the banks of a local creek.

What ensued was a fifteen minute long battle while Todd clung to mangroves and punched the crocodile to discourage it from dragging him under water, which would have surely meant death by drowning.

By the time that assistance and his rescuers arrived in response to Todd's screams he still hadn't escaped the jaws of the big crocodile.

He describes it as like a 'tug of war" with his only his Oliver safety boots acting as a defence "against my feet being torn off".

But his injuries were extremely serious including lower limb lacerations, cuts to his hands, a broken leg and dislocated joints.

Todd was quickly airlifted to the Cairns Base Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and he has undergone a long period of hospitalisation and continuing treatment to recover from his wounds.

Two months after the crocodile attack Todd is now able to leave hospital at weekends as he is still undergoing a five day schedule of physiotherapy treatment to help him regain full use of his legs in particular.

At the time the croc attacked Todd he was wearing a pair of Oliver AT 55 boots and his experiences lead him to believe that the boots actually saved him from more serious injury.

Todd says "I dislodged the croc and his grip at one point and he made a second grab at me, but he contacted with my boots.

"Fortunately the croc was unable to get another grip or penetrate the leather uppers of the Oliver boots and I believe they saved me from even more serious injuries.

"This was an enormous plus for the durability and protection of Oliver AT55's" Todd says.

After hearing about the attack and the injuries suffered by Todd Oliver Footwear decided to ensure that Todd received a replacement pair of their AT 55 boots for those he was wearing at the time of the attack.

Oliver Footwear's Queensland's Sales Manager Adam Workman, recently visited Todd in the Cairns Base Hospital and handed over a complimentary pair of AT style 55-285 Zip sided boots as replacement

"We are not recommending that Oliver Footwear safety and industrial footwear should be considered part of a frontline protection pack against a crocodile attack, but it's reassuring to know that when tough conditions and circumstances prevail on or off the worksite that Oliver's AT 55's range is up to the job" Adam says.

Still recovering but making good progress
after a long period in the Cairns Base Hospital,
crocodile attack victim Todd Bairstow
has received a replacement pair of Oliver AT 55-285's
for those he lost during his battle
for release from the jaws of the 3.5 metre crocodile.

He is shown with Oliver's Queensland Sales Manager Adam Workman.


Oliver Footwear's new 33-650 all-purpose boot features a handy side zip.

Oliver Footwear's commitment to comfort continues, with the release of the new Style WB 33-650.

It's a new Mid Cut Safety Boot that offers the superior comfort features synonymous with the Oliver name, plus a front lace up and side zipper combination which means they are now even easier to put on and take off.

The 33-650 is the perfect choice for a diverse range of workplaces where both safety protection and wearer comfort is the key.

The uppers are manufactured from high quality black water resistant full grain leather, so they are sure to keep feet comfortably dry and are sturdy enough for the toughest job sites.

Like the rest of the WB's range, the 33-650 features the NATUREform Type 1 safety toe cap, its wide profile ensuring a more comfortable fit as the toes won't come in contact with the protective toe cap.

To protect feet from the harshest conditions, the outsole is heat resistant to 130° Celsius and resistant to mineral and organic oils and acids.

While the dual density midsole paired with Oliver's unique COMFORTcushion provides a shock absorption system that reduces foot, leg and lower back fatigue, making Oliver's WB 33-650 one of the most comfortable and durable work boots on the market.

The sole design provides superior grip, ensuring that even the most slippery conditions present no issues.

Full compliance is also afforded to the AS/NZS Standard AS/NZS 2210.3.

The boots are available in sizes from 4 to 13 with half size increments from 6½ to 10½.

Oliver's new 33-650 all-purpose boot features a handy side zip.

Oliver Footwear's reputation is for work boots have always been comfortable and hard wearing.

Now they're also easy to get on and off with to a new quick release side zip.

New levels of comfort are afforded by Oliver's unique COMFORTcushion system that is designed to take the sting out of foot stress.

Add a wide profile NATUREform Toe Cap that doesn't rub against toes and you have a boot with outstanding comfort and convenience.

Ballarat, 29th January 2010

Australia's leading safety footwear manufacture, Oliver Footwear, announced today that it has merged with the King's Safetywear (KSW) Group, an international group of companies specialising in manufacturing safety footwear with headquarters in Singapore.

Andrew Oliver, the majority owner and chairman of Oliver Footwear which has been owned by the Oliver family since it began in 1887, said that the merger will enhance Oliver's position as Australia No. 1 safety footwear manufacturer. Aggregating Oliver's sales with those of the KSW Group Australian business gives the Group a greater relative market share lead. He added that distributors can be assured of 'business as usual' and that their current supply of products shall in no way be changed or affected as a result of the merger.

Additionally the alliance will bring along substantial opportunities for selling OLIVER branded products through the established distribution channels of the KSW Group outside Australia - in Asia, Middle East and Europe. Philip Hughes, Managing Director of Oliver Footwear says he is excited about this new opportunity. Oliver's current and future export clients will also greatly benefit from this partnership. They will obtain greater access to all of Oliver's safety footwear solutions through the extensive international distribution channels of the KSW Group.

Frankie Chan, chairman of the KSW Group, welcomed Andrew Oliver as a new substantial shareholder and director of the enlarged Group and is particularly pleased that the whole of Mr. Oliver's long-serving management and its entire team of staff and workers will continue in their respective positions. He added that with the global alliance of three leading brands originating from Australia (OLIVER), Singapore (KING'S) and Germany (OTTER) and a combined group footwear manufacturing tradition of 288 years, the enlarged KSW Group will be numbered amongst the top three branded safety footwear manufacturing groups worldwide.

Oliver's latest addition to its popular
AT range of safety footwear
is the new AT 45-645C series
a 150mm Lace Up Boot
with outstanding comfort
and soling features
for tough work sites.


Oliver's recent release of the AT 45-645C 150mm (6") Lace Up Boot has also signified the completion of a comfort overhaul within the entire AT 45 series range.

The new boot offers features that will complement many industries including agriculture, building and construction, manufacturing, transport and logistics.

The introduction of the style marks the first non-metallic offering in the 45 series range, the hi-impact NATUREform wide profile composite toe cap is guaranteed to not activate metal detectors, generate sparks or rust.

A lightweight, heavy duty dual density Polyurethane (PU) / Thermo plastic urethane (TPU) sole combination offers maximum cushioning from impact in the midsole while ensuring a tough hard wearing outsole that is heat resistant to 130° Celsius.

While also offering protection against the effects of hydrolysis the outsole is also resistant to minerals, organic oils and acids. The excellent slip, crack and split resistant properties of the sole ensure maximum comfort for longer.

All these sole features enable the wearer to experience reduced fatigue on areas of the lower back, foot and leg.

The stylish offering incorporates black water resistant full grain leather with a lace locking device and the added comfort of a padded collar and tongue.

This great new style and the complete AT 45 series range all offer Oliver's unique COMFORTcushion impact absorption system. This revolutionary system offers maximum all day comfort by using a combination cellular urethane and PORON, these act together to protect the heel and ball of the foot through superior cushioning and shock absorption.

To ensure a greater wearing experience Oliver have now added to the 45 series range cellular urethane inserts in the heel and ball of the midsole. This further enhances the all day comfort as the specially designed shape of the cellular urethane allows for extra shock absorption while always maintaining shape integrity.

Available in all popular size ranges and with half size increments the Oliver AT 45 series and the AT 45-645C form part of a range of safety footwear that is encouraging more and more workers to love their feet more!

For more information email info@oliver.com.au or call the company at its Ballarat Vic headquarters on 03 5320 0200.

Oliver's latest addition to its popular
AT range of safety footwear
is the new AT 45-645C series
a 150mm Lace Up Boot
with outstanding comfort
and soling features
for tough work sites.


Oliver Footwear's commitment to producing quality safety footwear solutions has been further enhanced by the recent awarding of the CE Standards approval.

SAI Global Assurance Services has authorised the industry leading Oliver AT 55's, AT 65's and ST 44's series with the mark.

The CE mark popularly regarded as the European quality standard embraces a significant range of products and is mandatory for products sold within 27 countries of the European Union and asserts that the item meets all the essential 'Health & Safety' requirements of the relevant European Directives.

The term CE is derived from the French 'Conformite Européenne' and was first adopted in 1985.

The CE mark insignia is commonly attached to numerous items of equipment, components and parts which are imported into Australia from the countries within the European Union and is accepted as an indication of their quality.

Oliver Footwear's managing director Phil Hughes says that his company has been certified by SAI Global Assurance Service to "the Directive for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive No 89/686/EEC and carries the CE mark accordingly.

"Oliver throughout its long history has always sought to produce industrial and safety footwear which complies with the highest quality levels including the relevant Australian and New Zealand Product Standards.

"Gaining the CE mark for three of our most recent footwear releases we consider reflects Oliver's commitment to world's best practices and achieving the highest quality of our products" Mr Hughes says.

For more information on the safety and industrial footwear ranges including the most recent AT55, AT 65 and ST 44 Ranges see the website www.oliver.com.ua email info@oliver.com.au or by call 03 5320 0200 for technical literature and product specifications.


The Oliver Footwear safety work boot designated as the AT 55-232 is one of the style choices within the Oliver AT55, AT65 and ST44 ranges which now carry the accredited CE mark.


Oliver Footwear has completed the development of two new Safety Boots specially designed for the international aluminium smelter industry, which are also expected to become the preferred choice for the foundry, other 'hot metal' heavy duty high heat industrial environments.

The two new boots, designated Oliver Smelter Boots Style Number 25-298 and 25-299 have resulted from an eighteen month long product development, testing and evaluation process involving several Australian smelters before undergoing a final evaluation process conducted in conjunction with the Boyne Smelters Limited at Gladstone in Queensland.

Boyne Smelters, a member of the Rio Tinto Alcan Group is Australia's largest aluminium smelter producing more than half a million tonnes of aluminium a year, created an internal product evaluation team involving their safety, occupational health and hygiene personnel to review the preferred solutions they were seeking from their protective equipment.

Oliver Footwear spokesman Stuart Hull says "Boyne Smelters were keen to have access to a Smelter Boot which would have very high levels of personal comfort and safe protection for their smelter operations personnel.

"Also the boot needed to have a Type 1 non-magnetic safety protective toe cap due to the strong magnetic fields and the electrical conductivity which exist in the immediate smelter area as well as providing reduced fatigue levels.

"This required Oliver to develop both a lightweight protective non-magnetic aluminium toe cap with the traditional Oliver wide profile with an internal latex cushion liner which ensures toes are comfortable and not in contact with the cap.

"In conjunction with Carl Watt the Site Safety Specialist and Sharon Catford (OHN) at the Boyne Smelter Oliver developed a range of product specifications which could also address the comfort issues.

"In fact we were able to draw upon specific comfort features from the market leading Oliver All Terrain (AT) range which could be incorporated in both new Smelter Boots" Hull says.

Carl Watt confirms that while previous smelter boots met our required safety standards they did not match operator expectations in terms of comfort.

"Oliver Footwear was very proactive in working with us to enhance the operator comfort and we are very pleased with the solutions which have emerged."

The comfort features include Oliver's unique COMFORTcushion which combines cellular urethane and PORON to protect both the heel and the ball of the foot and through its constant impact absorption helps reduce foot, leg and lower back fatigue.

The inclusion of a NANOLITE foot bed also provides greater comfort and well being as the raised surface section of the foot bed massages the foot by movement, promoting greater blood flow to also reduce fatigue.

The new Oliver Smelter Boots are produced with a high quality heat resistant and flame retardant black leather upper with a quick release Velcro closure.

All critical seams of the Boots incorporate three rows of heavy duty Kevlar stitching for increased strength with the outsole of the Boot resistant to 300 degrees C of surface contact.

Smelter Boots are also required to be dip tested in 960 degrees C of molten aluminium for three seconds.

The Boot was also required to have a number of specific features including a sole that is slip resistant with superior resistance to cuts, as well as resistant to mineral oils and acids and organic oils and fats.

The slight difference in Style Numbers also reflects that Oliver Style No 25-299 offers a Metatarsal Guard which affords further protection against impact on the leading edge of the foot.

Each boot also has a TECtuff toe guard which protects the front edge of the Boot, which has a padded collar and a full lining internally.

The new Oliver Smelter Boots are produced in sizes from 5 to 15 with half size increments from 6½ to 10½.

Oliver Footwear's Stuart Hull says "news of Oliver's customer focussed development process and the features of the new Smelter Boots has quickly permeated the international smelter industry and Oliver has already sold the new Boots to the SOHAR Aluminium Smelter in Oman which commenced production in June 2008 with a targeted annual output of 350,000 tonnes of aluminium.

"As news about the new Oliver Smelter Boots spreads throughout this industry sector we are confident they will be the preferred safety footwear choice for the hot metal industries internationally" Stuart Hull says.

For more information contact Oliver Footwear by emailing info@oliver.com.au or see the website www.oliver.com.au

Resulting from an intensive customer focussed development process Oliver Footwear has released two new Smelter Boots specially designed with a host of comfort and safety features to meet the specific needs of the aluminium smelter industry and specific hot metal industry environments.

Shown is Oliver Style No 25-299 which offers an additional Metatarsal Guard which also protects the leading edge of the foot against impact damage.

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