Q: Do hard hats provide enough protection for construction workers?
Hard hats are important and in many cases legally required for construction workers.
Federal regulations require that “Employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from falling or flying objects, or from electrical shock and burns, shall be protected by protective helmets” (See 29 CFR 1926.100(a)).
Hard hats are necessary for a construction site, but they do not provide perfect protection. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, then you may have an injury claim if the construction site owner, general contractor, or your employer failed to provide you with adequate head protection or failed to require you to wear the right head protection.
What Is the Right Hard Hat Protection?
Hard hats come in different types (I and II) and different classes (G, E, and C). Type I hard hats offer protection to the top of the head and type II hard hats offer protection to the top and sides of the head. The different classes refer to the amount of protection they provide from electricity.
While hard hats don’t have fixed expiration dates, they do degrade and provide less protection over time and with exposure to weather and sun.
Given these limitations, it is important for construction site owners and contractors to:
- Provide the right hard hat for the type of construction work each worker is doing.
- Regularly inspect and replace hard hats.
- Insist that every worker who is in possible danger of a head injury wear an appropriate hard hat.
This could help prevent serious head injuries and brain injuries.
What to Do If You Suffer a Head or Brain Injury on a Construction Site
It is important to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Your lawyer can do a full investigation into the accident that left you hurt. This investigation will include a complete analysis of the hard hat that you were wearing at the time of the accident or the reasons why you were not wearing a hard hat at the time of your injury. Then, your lawyer will help you recover the damages that you deserve.
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