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How much protection do hardhats offer?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Construction Accidents |

More often than not, hardhats are utilized on construction sites. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is essential that carpenters, electricians, welders, plumbers and construction workers are provided with this equipment.

Why is such great emphasis placed on the use of hard hats on construction sites? What sort of protection do they offer?

Protection from head trauma

The main purpose of hardhats is to form a protective layer around the surface of the skull. This means that if a worker falls, an item drops from a height or any other sort of blow to the head occurs, The headgear will take the brunt of the force, rather than the skull. Ultimately, this layer of protection could just prevent a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Importantly, hardhats also play some surprising secondary safety roles.

Protection from electrocution

Reputable hardhats are generally made from material that acts as insulation against electrical shocks. On construction sites or any other working environment, this is vital as many of the tools are powered by electricity. The insulation that hardhats might just be enough to prevent an electric shock from becoming fatal.

Protection of the eyes

Many hardhats are designed with a ridge that goes over the eyes. In the event that debris falls from a height, or dangerous liquids spill from an overhead container, this offers workers a layer of visual protection. When used in conjunction with safety goggles, visors and glasses, hardhats provide much-needed protection to the eyes.

Unfortunately, even with all of the essential safety gear, you may still suffer an injury at work. If this has happened to you, you are possibly entitled to legal compensation. Getting in touch with someone experienced in this area will give you the best possible chance of securing justice.