You work in the construction industry, so you know that you’re supposed to wear a hard hat on the job. They’re a lot of different hazards that you face, and this type of protective equipment is important. You’re always careful to put yours on before you get started for the day.
Additionally, you know that falls from heights are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries and head injuries on the job. This could be a fall from a ladder or a roof, or it could mean falling from one level of a structure to another. Regardless, studies have shown that falls account for about half of the TBIs that people suffer every year.
What you’re wondering is if that hard hat is giving you any protection in the event of a fall. Is it going to keep you safe or reduce your injuries?
It may, but only with a chin strap
There are some situations in which wearing a helmet during a fall may help. If your head does strike the ground, having that extra layer of protection can reduce the impact.
However, experts are quick to note that you would have to be wearing a chin strap. If you’re not, the helmet is likely just going to fall off of your head as you fall to the lower level. In that case, it’s not going to prevent any injuries and it won’t offer any protection at all.
The fact of the matter is that hard hats are generally designed to protect you from being struck by other objects. The danger is that someone will drop a tool, such as a hammer or a power tool, from above you. You could also face risks from cables, exposed beams, materials and many other sources. But the helmet isn’t usually used to protect you in a fall as much as it’s used to protect you from being hit by something else.
Have you suffered serious head injuries?
No matter how they happened, traumatic brain injuries can have a serious impact on the rest of your life. It is absolutely crucial that you know about your options to seek workers’ compensation.