Lightweight Hardhats Heavy on Worker Protection
A worker was preparing to begin sandblasting as part of a bridge repainting job. Although there were no apparent overhead hazards and no traffic, the worker wisely was wearing his hardhat. That decision would save his life.
A heavy steel hatch suddenly blew off the top of some blasting equipment and struck the worker on his head. He was knocked to the ground and dazed, but suffered no head injuries.
Falling Objects are Murder on an Unprotected Head
Designed with a suspension in the crown and tested to withstand 40 foot-pounds of force to protect the wearer from falling objects, hardhats are made to keep you safe.
A falling object does not have to be large to hurt or kill. Imagine the injury you might receive from a falling nut, bolt, tool or brick. A 1.5 pound (.68 kilogram) crescent wrench falling from a height of 24 feet (7.3 meters) will strike the head of someone working below with a force of 36 foot-pounds.
Hardhats deflect falling objects, absorb shock and spread the impact force over a larger portion of the head and neck. They are credited with preventing countless injuries every year.
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