Hard Hat Stories to Motivate your Workers

Scott, Manager of Safety, Security and Medical for a nickel and cobalt manufacturer, has a special memento that he shares with new employees during their safety orientation classes: a hard hat that’s been split in half. Scott knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, the picture tells the story of a hard hat that did its job and a worker who lived to tell the tale.

One day in 1997, a group of workers were removing slag from the basement of the nickel and cobalt facility by placing it in 55 gallon drums and transporting the drums to the main floor where an overhead crane took care of the rest. One of the workers went down into the basement to get a shovel, but as he began to walk back up the stairs, a piece of slag fell on his head.

“The slag weighed about 53 pounds,” says Scott. “And it fell about 20 feet before hitting him in the head. There was a tremendous impact.”

The worker was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for injuries to the head, neck and shoulder. But thanks to his hard hat, he was in remarkably good condition.

“Considering the severity of the accident,” notes Scott, “we were all amazed at the worker’s minor injuries. He only had to receive five stitches in his scalp area – that was it. No fractures. No serious injury. There’s no question about it. His hard hat saved his life.”

Scott’s story illustrates the importance of hard hat policies in environments where drops and impacts to the head are possible. In many cases, regardless of the application, there are hard hat options that will keep you safe without hindering your performance, so there’s no excuse to not have your workers equipped with hard hats.

Here’s how other customers are using hard hats in their facilities:

“We had a problem with our welders. The hats we were using in the past weren’t working. The welders had to keep switching to accommodate the headbands for their welding helmets. But now we’re using a ratchet suspension hat provided by Magid. Now they can keep their welding helmets.” – Rob, Office Manager with a Construction and Engineering Services Company

“Our facility has to worry about protecting workers’ heads from the cold in the winter. We’re located in Minnesota. It can get very cold here in January and February. That’s when we make sure we have plenty of liners on hand. Hard hats can get awfully cold. Magid supplied a hard hat that allows for liners to work in conjunction with the hat and that makes a huge difference.” – Sean, Recycler of Lead-Bearing Materials

“We’ve learned through experience the importance of wearing hard hats at our facility. If an accident were to happen, we need one that will withstand heavy impact. The Fibre Metal hard hat has worked great for us.” – Scott, Manager of Safety, Security and Medical at a nickel and cobalt manufacturer

“Hard hats do more than just protect us in our work environment. We use three colors – hi-vis orange, yellow and white – for our hard hat color scheme. On each side of the hat and on the back, there is a colored stripe, which is baked into the hat to identify the wearer’s trade. In this manner, we can quickly and easily determine someone’s role in the plant without having to ask. Therefore, if you need a millwright, electrician, operator, or field service person, you simply look for someone with the appropriate color stripe on his cap.” – James Ireland, OSHA Coordinator

Make no mistake, accidents do happen. And when they do, it’s important that workers are protected. Whether protecting from falling objects, harsh weather conditions, or as a way to identify a worker’s trade, hard hats are necessary and lifesaving. So make head protection an everyday part of your safety program.

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