You get to site, you get a hard hat and that’s, that. But did you know there’s more to it? Here are a few quick tips to keep your hard hat safe and your head (yes your brain people!) even safer.
- Always inspect your lid. Especially right after you smack into that pipe that wasn’t there yesterday. These hats are designed to take the impact from the blow instead of your head. So, when it does its job, give it a quick once-over to make sure there are no cracks or chunks missing.
- When working at heights, make sure you have a chin fastener on. Your hat isn’t going to do anything for you, if it falls off your head during a fall. A fall from any height can lead to broken bones, sprains, torn muscles and even death. If your lid is securely attached to your noggin, you have much better odds.
- No modifications. I know you want to be the cool kid on site with horns on your lid, but modifications to your hard hat can be deadly. For example, painting your lid with a metal based paint…well you just made it conduct electricity! Add anything to your lid and you are messing with the rating of that hat.
Remember, they are given to you to protect you from bumps, bruises, lacerations, sunstroke, hair catching in machinery, welding sparks, falls and even death. Taking your safety seriously is pretty cool if you ask me…No horns or paint necessary. Take care of yourself and always keep a lid on it! 👷