According to OSHA: 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.
One time. This is a lesson I think we’ve all learned a time or two. It only takes one time… To be frank, a friend of the family was killed when she unbuckled her seat belt “just once” to pacify a crying baby in the back seat. At that moment, the car slid on ice and she was thrown from car and killed. One time.
Rarely a week goes by in which someone does not come to our site wondering if they have to wear a hard hat and when, or if they have to wear fall protection and when, or if they have to wear a respirator and when, etc, etc. My simple response: yes, yes, yes, always, always, always. Rarely does a week go by in which I do not see workers without hard hats on aerial lifts among rafters; lifting payloads in an open cab skid steer; in a bucket truck near power lines; or in a trench in the vicinity of an excavator. These care cases where there is “possible danger” and hard hats and other PPE should be worn.
- OSHA PPE Standard: 29 CFR 1926.100, Subpart E, Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment
- Canada PPE Standard: CAN/CSA-Z617-06, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Blunt Trauma
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