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Dropsafe Strikes Deal with Van Dam to Meet European Industrial Demand for Drops Prevention

Dropsafe responds to rising demand for Drops prevention solutions from the European Oil & Gas, Power Gen, Refinery and Marine markets via a new distribution deal with Van Dam Maintenance & Repair


Netherlands, 26th November 2019 – Dropsafe, the global leader in Dropped Object (Drops) prevention, has signed a new European distribution deal with Van Dam Maintenance & Repair, a market leader in fire and blast protective solutions with extensive experience in onshore and offshore maintenance.

This partnership will bring greater access to Dropsafe’s innovative products to a wide range of industries throughout continental Europe, including Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Refineries, Marine and Offshore wind. Users of Dropsafe’s corrosion resistant polymer Barrier system and advanced steel mesh Nets and Pouches will benefit from increased technical support and reduced delivery times.

Knowledge transfer between industries is vital to ensure consistent implementation of Drops best practice – and, as the European Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Offshore Wind industries have built their awareness of a previously neglected hazard, demand for high quality and cost-effective Drops prevention solutions has risen accordingly. Dropsafe brings extensive expertise in Drops mitigation across these industries, and a proven product range that has enabled leading firms to set new benchmarks for safety.

A Dropped Object is any object that falls from height. Drops can take the form of ‘static’ Drops, where fixtures and fittings at height become loose and fall, or ‘dynamic’ drops, where objects fall from height owing to externally applied force. Industrial sites are subject to significant Drops risks, with large numbers of personnel routinely carrying out maintenance operations across multiple levels amid exposure to harsh conditions – which may weaken structural components and fittings due to corrosion and vibration.

Drops incidents present a fourfold risk, to personnel safety, asset integrity, financial performance and company reputation. The reputational risk to companies who have failed to take adequate precautions to ensure Drops prevention solutions are installed on their assets is a key consideration in high risk energy sectors. Companies who seek to gain a competitive edge in the market must limit their exposure to avoidable risks.

Gerard van Bochove, manager of Van Dam Maintenance & Repair, sister company of Van Dam, said: “Dropsafe is an established HSE partner in the offshore energy sector, and combined with our extensive experience in Oil & Gas and Power Generation, they are a natural fit for Van Dam Maintenance & Repair – sharing our core values of safety and innovation. Our partnership will ensure that continental European heavy industries such as Oil & Gas and Power Generation, will be able to meet increasing demand for the best available Drops prevention solutions based on the most advanced, proven technology.

Mike Rice, Commercial Director, Dropsafe, added: “Heavy industry in Europe must remain at the forefront of best practice in Health & Safety and take all opportunities to mitigate Drops risks. Our partnership with Van Dam Maintenance & Repair will ensure our European distribution and support network can meet growing demand from industry leaders – so that advanced Drops prevention solutions are easily accessible across the continent.”

The deal with Van Dam Maintenance & Repair is the second European distribution agreement to be announced by Dropsafe in recent weeks, following the deal with MSS in Norway. Combined with Dropsafe’s long standing partnership with Midcontinent, Aberdeen, Dropsafe is now well-placed to serve businesses in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and across continental Europe.