WHY HARD HATS ARE IMPORTANT

FOR STARTERS, THEY’RE THE LAW

First things first: if there is any danger of head injury on your job site, then you are legally required to wear a hard hat–and wear it correctly–while on the job.

In 29 CFR 1910.135, OSHA requires head protection if the following conditions are present:

  • Objects might fall from above and strike employees on the head
  • There is potential for employees to bump their heads against fixed objects, such as exposed pipes or beams
  • There is a possibility of accidental head contact with electrical hazards

Not surprisingly, several occupations come in contact with these hazards, which is why a number of workers, including carpenters, electricians, mechanics, welders, stock handlers, and those who work in many other fields must, by law, wear hard hats for protection.

THEY SAVE LIVES

In 2012, more than 65,000 cases involving missed work days occurred due to head injuries at work, according to the 2015 edition of the National Safety Council chartbook “Injury Facts.” That same year, 1,020 workers died from head injuries sustained on the job. Imagine if eight 737’s crashed in one year. They would be grounded until all safety issues were resolved! No one would be allowed on a plane. Why should the work day be so different?

But what about the lives that have been saved by hard hats? Safety Training Services, a company dedicated to providing safety training and consultation, offers some frightening tales of “what could have been.”  If these workers and their employers hadn’t taken the safety requirements seriously, their worlds would have been shattered.

MAKING HARD HATS WORK

The best equipment is useless if it stays in the truck. Hard hats must not only work (an ANSI Z89 rating is essential), but be comfortable to wear so that they become second nature. Amston's hard hats feature fabric headstraps rather than plastic straps and vents in the top of the helmet to provide ventilation. Multiple ridges add even more protection by increasing the strength of the shell. These are hard hats that “look the part” of safety and professionalism without trying too hard to be flashy or “cool.” Hard hats should above all protect the head, not attract unwanted attention. With Amston hard hats, your safety is the top priority.

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Written by Kenneth Ramclam