Let’s talk about hard hats. These construction-site staples have been around for over 100 years, and are perhaps the most recognizable piece of construction safety gear. Over that time they have evolved from leather to steel and finally to high-density polyethylene. Today the hard hat weighs around 14 ounces. To put that in perspective, the average man’s head weighs 14 pounds - that’s one ounce of protection for every pound!

The hard hat’s main job is to protect a worker’s brain. Even very slight damage to a part of the brain can cause serious bodily malfunctions, so protecting oneself from falling or flying objects is extremely important - especially on a worksite. The hard hat is an essential layer of protection for a worker’s brain, and it could mean the difference between life and death or serious injury. Even something as small as a bolt can gain enough energy during a long fall to inflict massive damage to one’s brain if the head is unprotected. The hard hat helps to deflect falling objects and to absorb some of the impact.

At Shaw-Lundquist, we always use hard hats on our job sites. We stand along with OSHA, unions, and insurance companies in this regard for one simple reason: hard hats work!

Safety is always one of our greatest concerns, and we take pride in our excellent safety record. If you’d like to find out more about how Shaw-Lundquist can work for you, please explore this website further. We’d love to be of assistance.