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Hard hats protect you from more than falling objects

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2023 | Injury Prevention

Various careers, including those in the manufacturing and construction industries, require the use of a hard hat. Many people know that this piece of personal protective equipment reduces the effects of a hit to the head, but they may not realize that some hard hats have other protections. 

Hard hats have strict regulations. These are set by the American National Standard for Personal Protection – Protective Headwear for Industrial Workers. Every aspect of the hard hat, including the suspension system, is covered. 

2 types of hard hats

The type of hard hat is determined by where the gear provides protection. Type 1 protects the top of the head. Type 2 protects the top and sides of the head. This protection is only certain if the hard hat is worn properly and securely.

3 classes of hard hats

The class of the hard hat is determined by what type of electrical protection it provides. Class C doesn’t provide any electrical protection. Class G provides protection for up to 2,200 volts of electricity, as well as penetration coverage. Class E hard hats are meant for utility service workers and protect them from up to 20,000 volts of electricity. 

A blow to the head can lead to injuries that must be addressed by a medical professional. It’s crucial that you have the care you need right away. Workers’ compensation coverage should take care of this expense if you were injured at work. Other benefits, such as partial wage replacement and vocational rehabilitation might also be possible. Work with someone familiar with these matters so they can assist you with an appeal if you need to file one.