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Centurion to Incorporate Patented Brain Protection System in Hard Hats

Centurion to Incorporate Patented Brain Protection System in Hard Hats
27 January 2021 | Updated 23 February 2021

Centurion Safety Products has announced a partnership with Swedish helmet safety technology company Mips, to incorporate their technology within their Nexus helmet.  

Launching in March 2021, Centurion will become the first UK manufacturer to offer Mips helmet technology in a hard hat and be the first company globally to incorporate the new Mips “cradle” rotational impact protection system into their helmets.

Despite the widespread and mostly mandatory use of hard hats, construction and industrial workers are still at risk for severe head injuries including concussion. They can suffer concussions from the impact force from a slip, trip or fall, as well as from, for example, falling objects.


“Protection against rotational motion should be as important for safety helmets as airbags and seatbelts are in cars.”

–Max Strandwitz

CEO, Mips 

Risk of Concussion or Serious Brain Injury


Injury statistics show that our head is likely to hit the ground at an angle when we slip, trip or fall.  Also when we receive an impact to the head from a falling object or debris, off centre, the rotational motion may be introduced to the head. The Mips Low Friction Layer allows the head to move inside the helmet (10mm – 15mm relative motion in all directions) on certain angled impacts, which can redirect the harmful rotational motion otherwise transferred to the head. 

Studies show that the human brain is six-seven times more sensitive to rotational motion than linear motion. Impacts that generate rotational motion can cause strain to the brain tissue, which may lead to minor or severe brain trauma. Concussion injuries or even more serious brain injuries are commonly caused by the rotational motion of the brain.

In contrast with helmets which only use a foam liner to reduce impact shock, the Centurion Nexus already features advanced protection in the form of a liner and six-point cradle system, which acts as a secondary layer, reducing impact shock further and helping to reduce the risk for acquired brain injury. 

The addition of Mips helmet technology will further enhance the protection by decreasing rotational motion otherwise transferred to the head from certain oblique impacts. 


Above The Neck PPE


Nick Hurt, CEO of Centurion Safety Products says: “As leaders in above-the-neck PPE, our customers trust us to be at the forefront of head protection innovation so we are constantly looking at how we can ensure our products not only meet relevant safety standards but exceed them. 

“We are therefore excited to become the first company to incorporate the Mips cradle rotational impact protection system into our helmets.:

Max Strandwitz, Mips CEO added: “We are very proud to announce this partnership, Centurion is a trusted well-established British PPE Manufacturer of over 140 years, who share our values and lead in occupational head protection. We know that construction workers are particularly at risk for accidents, especially head injuries. 

“For people who take a high risk because of their occupation, the best possible helmet at work should also be a priority. Protection against rotational motion should be as important for safety helmets as airbags and seatbelts are in cars."

Picture: a photograph showing a person working in a tunnel wearing a hard hat

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 January 2021


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