Welcome to Nierhaus
Our traditional business was founded in 1932 in the Ruhrgebiet in Germany and was one of the first companies to develop and manufacture knee-protectors.
As a responsible distributor of professional knee-protection in mining applications, we helped to develop the Mining Standard DIN 23311 in cooperation with the Standard Committee Mining in 1953. Accordingly, optimal protection for the user as well the high quality standard for knee-protectors were set in stone for us.
Naturally the requirements of the new European standard DIN EN 14404 from the year 2005 have been accounted for, while preserving the old quality standards.
With the registered trademark WohltatTM, our products still stand for high quality and robust knee-protectors for a spectrum of different users, which has grown wider over the decades. They provide effective and durable protection for the knees in all types of kneeling work.
What began with the production of knee-protectors for mining applications, today represents a business which develops and produces knee-protectors for protection and safety in all manual labour.
Why kneepads? Safety for all occupation
Frequently an ecomomical measurable loss of power and ability to work is the consequence. I.e. 85,4% occupational diseases of paviours are based on chronically synovial bursa inflammation caused by permanently pressure on the keecap (See: Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz development report No. 248 1980). Due to illness loss of working strain the company financially and in its schedule. Knee pads decrease the risk of injuries by knee bruises, haematomas and abrasions considerable.On a long term basis they protect the workers knees from chronically diseases and signs of wear and tear that can cause incapacity to follow one´s profession. A perfectly manufactured and especially for each branche developed knee pad increase workers efficiency by allowing to work kneeling comfortable and painless.Workers often prefer to squat down than to work in a kneeling position. But from the medical point of view this is no alternative to a knee protection because of the overstretching of the ligament. The supporting surface and the soft embedding of the knee allocate the pressure regularly to knee cap and knee joint. This means a decreased risk of ruining the knee. To protect the workers knees is an important economical cause in your company.For decades it is the object of our efforts to develop the optimal knee pad for the different branches and strains.
… a few words about various qualities and materials!
Rubber knee-protectors are definitely tough and long-wearing because they are resistant to abrasion and aggressive chemicals.
Plastic knee-protectors made of thermo-plastic elastomers are an inexpensive alternative – they have similar properties to rubber but are not so long-wearing.
All models are padded with cellular rubber. This is a soft material which absorbs no moisture, remains permanently elastic and provides good pressure distribution.
PUR knee-protectors are moulded in one piece, they are very light and are mostly used in the DIY sector.
… a few words about the new standard!
For decades, the German mining standard DIN 23311 has, first and foremost, regulated dimensions and properties of knee-protectors in respect of continuous use and rate of wear.
With the implementation of the EU Directive 89/686/EWG, knee-protectors are, by definition, Personal Protection Equipment in Category II and have to undergo prototype testing.
The European standard for knee-protectors (DIN EN 14404) has only been in existence since February 2005 but is now the basis for the quality standard testing which is obligatory for all knee-protectors distributed in Europe.
Our knee-protectors are tested and certified in accordance with the regulations of DIN EN 14404.
Amongst others, the following points are tested in the complex certification procedure:
- Pressure distribution, measured using a mechanical test-knee
- Impact resistance
- Penetration resistance
- Elasticity and width of straps
This is our quality benchmark.
Knee pads, so that you can work comfortably
Do they often have to get on their knees professionally? Then you are certainly looking for a comfortable knee pad to protect and support your knees. As a traditional company, we have been active in the development and production of knee cushions for more than 75 years. You can buy knee pads from us that make your work easier. Don’t bother with dissatisfied solutions anymore. Only the best is good for your knees. Trust in our experience in the field of knee protectors for professional purposes. Gardeners, tilers, miners and construction workers appreciate our developments.
You can also visit us
We do not sell cheap goods, but knee pads that also keep their promises. It is not for nothing that we have had our trademark “Wohltat” protected. The work should not become a torture and leave no lasting damage. Come and visit us in Bad Salzuflen and try out the various knee pads on site. You will soon realize how easy it can be to avoid aching knees. All you have to do is choose the right knee pad. You are sure to find knee pads in our range that fit your needs and requirements exactly.
We are happy to advise you
If you have any questions about knee pads or other products in our range, you can always send us an e-mail or call us during business hours. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the knee pads that are right for you, so that you can go about your work painlessly in the future.
Knee pads – a “blessing” for the bones
Do you already know our knee pads of the brand “Wohltat”? Our company has been developing high-quality knee pads of the “Wohltat” brand since 1932. Workers who work in kneeling professions appreciate the quality products of our traditional company. Tilers, miners, construction workers, gardeners, screed layers, etc. need knee protection every day so that the performance of their work does not cause pain or even permanent damage. Our company as well as our production facility is located in Bad Salzuflen. We only sell knee protectors that comply with the EU standard DIN EN 14404, which has been in force since 2005. With us you can be sure that our knee protectors really protect and do not just look comfortable.
Pay attention to quality
When buying your knee pads you should always pay attention to quality. To ensure that your new knee pads really do last a long time, they should also be adapted to their later use. We offer you knee protectors made of different materials, which are specially adapted to the respective professions. We will be happy to advise you in detail which type of knee protection is best suited for which work area. You are also welcome to visit us personally in Bad Salzuflen and get a general overview. You can try on and test various types of knee pads on site. We will be happy to explain the differences in material and the effects of the material composition on the different types of stress.
Make the right choice
Of course you will not only get advice from us on site. Our competent employees are available to you by telephone and will help you to make the right choice, so that you can soon go about your work without pain.
Knee cushions to make the work easier
Are you a gardener, miner, tiler, screed layer etc. and often have to work on your knees? Then you will certainly appreciate the advantages of a high-quality knee cushion. Since 1932 we have been working as a traditional company in the production and distribution of high-quality knee pads. If you want to successfully protect your knees, you can rely on our quality products with the trademark “Wohltat”. With well-protected knees your work will not be that difficult, therefore you should visit our homepage to get an overview of our complete range. We offer knee protectors for a wide range of applications, always in the right material composition.
Knee cushions protect against permanent damage
Anyone who kneels on the floor unprotected for the rest of his life will suffer permanent damage to his knees. Instead of working on your knees in a squatting position is not an alternative, because this overstretches the ligaments. Therefore, protect yourself with knee cushions from our production, which meet the DIN standard EN 14404, which has been valid since 2005. The knee cushion ensures an even distribution of the pressure acting on the kneecap and the knee joint, thus providing significant relief for this sensitive area of the body.
Consultation: By telephone or directly on site
Our company has its headquarters and production in Bad Salzuflen. You are welcome to visit us and try out the various knee pads on site. Of course, we will also give you comprehensive information about the different models and their production by telephone and help you to find the knee cushion that suits your needs.