Employees sometimes ask why they are required to wear hard hats on our road construction or site development projects, or at one of our quarry locations or petroleum terminals. After all, if the work takes place outside, what is going to fall on them?
Wearing a hard hat protects the employee from any impact to the top of the head, not just from falling objects.
Whether someone is entering or leaving a truck or equipment cab, working around equipment with buckets or booms, or coordinating their efforts with others who may be handling heavy objects or using long-handled tools, wearing a hard hat protects against a nasty bump on the noggin — or far worse.
Hard hats are a necessary item in our personal protective gear and their use is a mandatory part of our safety protocol.