Age: 38 Trade: Timber Floor Fitter and Restorer How long you have been in your trade? 10 years What got you interested in your job? I had always been interested in woodwork. From school craft and design classes, to seeing my grandfather fix things in his house. What route did you take into the industry? Was it an apprenticeship? I was Made redundant from the mining industry in 2008, unemployed, a family friend needed their floors sanded, she asked me if I’d do it. So I hired some machines, had a go and it turned out well. Another friend saw those...
Jennie Jones, 45, Gas Engineer
"Look after your body. It’s your most important asset. Don’t take risks with health and safety. Use proper lifting techniques. And take good care of your knees. I ended up having four months off sick, and almost losing my job as a result of having weak knees."
Age: 40 Trade: Floor coverings instructor at CP assessments and a floor layer How long you have been in your trade: 23 years What got you interested in your job? I just wanted to learn a trade. Initially, I started out as an apprentice, mostly fitting vinyl and domestic carpets – I got this opportunity quite randomly. I jumped at the chance and I’ve never looked back. Once I was fitting I then got opportunities to work on the contract side of things. Fitting contract vinyl’s LVT, wooden floors etc. What do you like most about your job? I love the fact that every job is different and the satisfaction...
Paul Coburn: Tiler: 59
''Since using Recoil kneepads you come home from work pain free and you just wouldn’t think you had been on your knees all day''
Annie Bowman: 47: Painter & Decorator
''They are good for wearing over trousers that don’t have kneepad pockets in and because you aren’t so low down, they are really easy to go from kneeling to standing. They are so much more comfortable than kneepads that fit in your trousers, as they are always at the right place.''