OXXA SAFETY GLOVES
During the Industrial Revolution in 1900, many machines in England were powered by coal that was mined in the coal region of Lancashire. Owen Smith, foreman to mining team 20, was working in the Western shaft at a depth of 70 metres, when the ceiling collapsed. All the miners made it out in time, except for Andrew Wright, Smith’s youngest colleague.
Owen ran right back into the collapsed shaft. He ripped the sleeves from his shirt and wrapped the rags around his hands. He pulled the belt from his pants, cut it in half and wrapped his covered hands with the pieces of leather.
With this additional protective layer, Owen then ripped and pushed through until an opening was formed in the wall between him and his colleague. A moment later, the relieved Andrew crawled out through the opening.
In 2010, this particular story inspired the founders of a safety glove company to name their organisation OXXA; a tribute with the O from Owen and the A from Andrew. Connected by two X’s, referring to team 20.