Vying for the top spot in Swarfega’s coveted Toughest Trade Award 2019, tradespeople across Britain sent in pictures of their toughest task. Using the Swarfega Tough-o-meter, Swarfega judged all the entries with the toughest tasks rated as ‘Tough as Sylvester Stallone’ and the softest entries gaining a rating of ‘Tough as a Trainee’.
Giving his trade a tough name, crane mechanic Peter Derbyshire, scooped the title of Toughest Tradesperson 2019, winning a £200 Amazon voucher as well as serious respect. Peter’s entry came out top as it showed him battling a claustrophobic space at great heights and was closely followed by a number of other gritty entries.
- Runner-up: Dru Marland – ‘fixing a hydraulic leak mid-Pacific. It had to be done at full speed or the pipes would have been underwater’. A gnarly way to earn a living, not many of our entries could match the toughness of this task! Putting food on the table at breakneck speed – enough said when it comes to the runner up in the search for the Toughest Trade!In third place, Graham Nelly Nelson – with a couple of entries from fishermen this year, Graham Nelly Nelson nailed it with his hilarious video, doing his trade proud.
- Coming in at fourth, Ben Ashley Canham – ‘agricultural engineering at its best, repairing a sprayer rear axle after nearly snapping on the road – one hard job to do by yourself’. Representing agri, Ben sent some cracking images of his toughest task.
- Final contender in the top 5, Sophie May Hayes – representing labourers and landscapers, Sophie said her toughest task was digging out 30 tonnes of dirt using only a couple of Cornish shovels and a trac barrow…
With almost twice as many entries as 2018’s campaign, mechanics made up the highest number of entrants with nearly 33% coming from them. Next up were brickies and labourers, then plumbers who were both keen to make sure that their trade was well represented. Gardeners, fishermen and electricians all made a case for their trade too in this hotly contested battle.
As a thank you for getting involved, Swarfega is sending out a TOUGH by Swarfega Gift Pack to the first 10 applicants in this year’s contest.
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