Are Safety Helmets Replacing Hard Hats on the Job Site?

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With innovative and technological advancements in every aspect of the industrial sector, the one thing that has stayed relatively unchanged is the humble hard hat.

Although it is fairly effective in protecting the head from falling objects and debris, the hard hat does have one fatal flaw.

It falls off.

With nothing to secure the hard hat when a worker slips, trips, or falls, industrial workers are susceptible to serious head injuries when the hard hat falls off before impact.

Over the past few years, some employees on various industrial and construction work sites have been so anxious about their hard hats falling off that they devised their own homemade chin straps to keep the hat firmly in place in case they fell.

With this much concern on the job site, it is obvious that head protection equipment is overdue for some major innovation.

Seeking inspiration from outdoor activities that require safety protection like cycling, mountain climbing, and even search and rescue teams, some safety helmet companies are forging ahead with revolutionary designs for keeping the head protected in dangerous work environments.

What Makes Them Different

Besides offering an effective chin strap that keeps the helmet securely on the head, safety helmets are also designed with foam padding to offer extra impact protection to the front, side, and rear of the head.

Safety helmet manufacturers like Kask, an Italian company that is more known for designing helmets for cycling, equestrian sports, and skiing, are focusing their attention on manufacturing helmets for use in the construction industry. So far the company has received exceptional reviews for their product.

Some safety helmets even boast extra safety features that further increase the viability of safety helmet use in the industrial sector.

Some manufacturers produce a safety helmet that offers protection against potential electric shock in the workplace.

Other companies even offer an additional, retractable eye visor that attaches to the safety helmet which can double as eye protection and remove the need for safety glasses and protective shields.

Hearing protection is also another option that can be fitted with these helmets.

Price is the Major Drawback

Perhaps the most significant drawback to implementing these safety helmets on the job site is the price point which cost considerably higher than their traditional counterparts.
Consider a $20 price tag for a hard hat versus $110 for a well-designed safety helmet.

This price may be a roadblock for many smaller industrial companies to adopt at their workplace.

However, some experts believe that the price should be put into perspective.

What is the cost when a worker does fall and sustain a head injury, or possibly even death?

Will that extra $90 per helmet seem insignificant compared to the costs associated with an injured worker’s lost time, compensation payouts, and rehabilitation costs?

This is something to think about.

On the other hand, some companies are finding cost effective ways to use these safety helmets on the work site.

Because these safety helmets were designed to minimize the effects of potential falls, they are only being used in that capacity. When workers are back on the ground performing other job-related tasks then they can switch back to hard hats.

Consider also that increasing competition among safety helmet manufacturers is bringing the price point down allowing many more companies to adopt this exceptional safety gear into their workplace.


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