2 Use your head and wear a hard hat The factsEven on a well run site head injuries can still happen so hard hats should be wornA lot of workers were killed or received serious head injuries before the use of hard hats on construction sitesWearing a hard hat may prevent or lessen an injury to your headThere is no change in the requirement to provide and wear hard hats on a construction site
3 The Law – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations 1992 From 6 April 2013, the PPE Regulations 1992 apply to the provision and use of hard hats on construction sitesEmployers must provide hard hats to employees and,Ensure hard hats are worn when there is a risk of head injurySelf-employed should provide their own hard hats and ensure they wear them.
4 Provide hard hats to your workers (and visitors to your site) Hard Hats should:Be in good condition. If it’s damaged, throw it awayFit the person wearing it and be worn properlyNot stop the wearing of hearing protectors as well (when needed)Only be obtained from a reputable supplier – there are fake hard hats on the market
5 Ensuring head protection is worn Make the wearing of hard hats a site ruleDisplay safety signs in areas where there is a risk of head injuryAlways wear your hard hat to set an exampleCheck others are wearing theirsHard hatsmust be worn
6 Taking care of your hard hat Bad PracticeThe shell of a hard hat can be damagedor weakened if not looked after.For example:Objects fall onto itIt strikes against a fixed objectIt receives a severe impactDeep scratches occurIt is sprayed with chemicals or solvent based paintInspect a hard hat when adjusting and before each use
7 Potential causes of head injuries There is nearly always a risk of a head injury on a construction site.For example:Objects falling or being thrown from heightAn unprotected end of a scaffold poleProjections not being capped e.g. studsInsufficient headroom on a scaffoldWear your hard hat to prevent or lessen an injury to your head
8 Wearing a hard hat can save a life A worker used his head and wore his hard hatPhotograph 1Photograph 2A worker was injured when a piece of metal (see photograph 1) fell from height during demolition work. The metal bounced off the worker’s hard hat (see photograph 2) and broke his shoulder/collar bone in several places. He could easily have been killed if he hadn’t been wearing his hard hat.
9 What if health and safety is ignored? A worker who was not wearing a hard hat:Suffered severe brain and spinal injuries after a 14ft fixed box pillar he was removing fell on his head.He now has difficulty speaking and moving, is unable to work and requires full-time care due to the severity of his head injuries. The incident could very well have led to his death.
10 And finally…….Almost all construction work involves a risk of head injury.Keep it safe. Wear your hard hat