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Hard hats provide many layers of protection

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2021 | Workplace Safety

Head injuries are potentially severe matters that must be taken seriously. Workers should have proper protective gear if they’re working somewhere that has any risk of objects hitting a person’s head. This includes professions like linemen, plumbers, loggers, factory workers, and stockers, if they’re in a location where falling objects are likely.

Not all hard hats are created equally. It’s imperative that workers find the hard hat that provides them with the protection they need.

What are the types of hard hats?

There are two types of protective hard hats. These are type 1 and type 2. Type 1 hard hats feature a full rim and protection from overhead falling objects. Type 2 hard hats have a partial rim that provides lateral and vertical protection.

Hard hats are also rated on their ability to protect the wearer from electrical shock. These are divided into three classes. Class G protects wearers from voltages of 2,200 volts or less. Class E offers protection for up to 20,000 volts. Class C doesn’t offer any protection from electrical currents.

Employers must ensure that workers have the correct hard hat for the risks they face. While this piece of safety equipment won’t provide complete protection, it may help a person to avoid a catastrophic injury.

Any worker who suffers an injury on the job should be able to count on workers’ compensation coverage to pay their medical bills, as well as partial wage replacement if they can’t return to work right away. It’s sometimes necessary to fight for these benefits, so working with someone who is familiar with this system can help you along the way.