Hard hat technology methods may have evolved over the past few years, but the need for protective headgear on the job has not changed. In fact, hard hat safety is as important today as it has ever been, and perhaps even more so. Without hard hats, workers could become victims of serious injuries.
Contrary to popular belief, hard hats do not eliminate the possibility of being hit by a falling or flying object. Instead, they absorb the blow when an object encounters the hat. Some can even withstand tremendous levels of electricity. Today, hard hats must be made of suitable material that cushions the skull and softens a forceful impact.
Employers whose workers are likely to be around falling items, low support beams, or flying debris must abide by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards when it comes to issuing or identifying protective headgear. In turn, employees should wear their hard hats and other safety equipment when expected to minimize injuries. They should also take proper care of their hard hats, examining them for cracks or breaks.
New Types of Hard Hats
Although many workers still wear traditional hard hats, many have moved to a safety helmet design. The difference between classic hard hats and safety helmets may appear subtle, but in some situations, helmets featuring earmuffs, front brims, and other safety inclusions can offer better protection. For instance, strapped-on helmets may provide a more significant barrier against side-of-the-face trauma.
Common Head Injuries on the Job
Without a hard hat, an employee would be exposed to the elements and could suffer lifelong brain damage after being hit in the head. Some of the more common types of head injuries reported by workers who were not wearing hard hats, include brain injuries, cuts, bruising, loss or injury of facial body parts, spinal cord problems, and abrasions. It should be noted that even while wearing an appropriate hard hat, a worker could be hurt while on the job. The hard hat is intended to protect, but it cannot completely take away the possibility of all injuries. Despite this fact, workers who are expected to use hard hats should never neglect their safety.
Reporting Hard Hat Injuries
Workers who experience head trauma while wearing hard hats should immediately seek medical attention. Many head injuries do not present themselves right away. The affected employee should also report the injury per company protocol and file a Workers’ Compensation claim if needed. All employers in Delaware must maintain Workers’ Compensation insurance. If the insurance denies the claim, the worker may want to seek advice from a Workers’ Compensation lawyer.
Wilmington Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Injured Workers Recover Damages
If you experienced a head injury at work, contact a Wilmington Workers’ Compensation lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC today. We will review your case and obtain the benefits you deserve for your injuries. Call us at 302-888-1221 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including Dover, Middletown, and Newark.