The History of Safetydrape®
In 1990, as troops were being deployed to Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War, Craig Schwartz saw a news report stating that 85% of death and injury from a bomb blast occurs because of flying glass and debris (Glass, 2003).* Determined to help curb blast injuries and save lives, Mr. Schwartz set about creating Safetydrape®.
The research and development process began in an old rock quarry near Baltimore, Maryland. The first tests using live explosives to hurl exploding glass into Safetydrape® met with moderate success. This success encouraged the Safetydrape® team to make further adjustments to the combination of fiber, construction, attachment systems, weights and manufacturing techniques. Constant adjustments through an exhaustive research and testing process perfected the capacity of Safetydrape® to retain glass shards and remain intact.
Safetydrape® was clearly a viable life saving product but the Safetydrape® team was way ahead of the U.S. government which wasn’t ready for Safetydrape® yet. Eager to help save lives, we began working with the government of the United Kingdom, as well as opening offices in Kuwait following the Gulf War. Finally in 1997 the GSA established criteria for testing glass hazard mitigation products and we knew that the time was right for Safetydrape® in the U.S. We retested Safetydrape® to prove that it would pass the newly established GSA criteria. Based on successful testing of the GSA standards we were ready to bring Safetydrape® to the US Federal Government for use both domestically and abroad.
From these rough and low-tech beginnings, Mitigation Technologies has become a rapidly expanding company with a worldwide dealer network linked through custom state of the art software. We have a near unlimited manufacturing capacity and are capable of providing Safetydrape® to meet all of our customers’ needs, while remaining focused on integrity and continual innovation.
* Glass, S. J., 2003. Assessment, Development, and Testing of Glass for Blast Environments, Albuquerque, New Mexico: Sandia National Labs.