Cut resistant sleeves cost savings comparison

June 5, 2015

Cut resistant knit sleeve technologies, such as Kevlar®, have been around for years in steel plants. Problem is, they offer little to no puncture protection and get hot and sweaty. They also end up falling down like a tube sock, exposing workers arms to hazards on the job site.


The fact is, a lot of industrial injuries occur with an initial puncture and lead to a cut or laceration injury. With knit (Kevlar) arm sleeves, hazards can actually poke through the open knit and cut the skin without cutting the arm sleeve.


In addition to the greater degree of cut and puncture protection, implementing HexArmor® arm protection can create a cost savings of up to 60%. HexArmor® conducted a study based on a metal fabrication plant with 200 employees. This plant was averaging 6 lacerations per year with an average associated cost of $11,000. By implementing HexArmor® they eliminated these injuries for an annual savings of over $66,000.

Attributes HexArmor® AG10009S Kevlar® Arm Sleeve
Cut Resistance ANSI/ISEA Level A8 (4425 grams) 4200 Grams
Usage per Employee 1 pair/6-12 Months 1 pair/week
Total Yearly Cost $24,792 $48,000*

Additionally, the extended wear life of the HexArmor® cut resistant sleeves reduced their monthly average cost per employee from $9.85 to $4.09.

*Study based on metal fabrication plant with 200 employees switching from Kevlar to HexArmor arm protection saved them 60% on product costs due to the longevity of the HexArmor arm protection.

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