Blast furnace worker's jacket, 1981.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Blast furnace worker's jacket, 1981.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Protective furnace worker's jacket made by British Steel. A furnaceman's clothes must shield him from the heat and not catch fire if touched by a flame. Wool has been a popular material for such clothing for many years. The fabric is pleasant to wear allowing the skin to breathe and also absorbs sweat. It is a good insulator and scorches or smoulders instead of bursting into flames.

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