Those who work in the construction industry in Pennsylvania may be interested to learn that some firms are working on developing new designs for safety hats that could provide workers better protection against potentially fatal falls and other accidents. Some firms are looking towards head protection devices utilized by those in mountaineering and other extreme sports or hobbies.
From 2003 to 2010, government researchers found that there were 2,210 fatal traumatic brain injuries in the construction industry. This came down to a rate of 2.6 for every 100,000 full-time equivalent construction workers. Those who were 65 or older had the highest rates of fatal TBIs, most of which were caused by falls. To protect against fatal TBIs, construction workers are required to wear hard hats. These hats are usually designed with a suspension strap and space between the shell and the person’s head. This spreads the force of the impact over the entire hat.
Under a rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction workers who are working in areas where there are head injury risks are required to wear appropriate head protection. Some construction companies have been increasingly adapting safety hat designs that are less likely to fall off when emergencies occur. Further, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has been conducting research on protective headgear since the 1970s.
Employers are required to ensure that their workplace is as safe as possible. If there are risks, employers are required to increase workplace safety by mitigating the dangers. If a worker suffers an injury while on the job, a workers’ compensation attorney may help seek benefits under the employer’s insurance coverage. These can include the payment of medical bills and in some cases partial wage replacement.