Complacency breeds failure for both individuals and organizations, especially when it comes to construction safety. When people feel they’ve “arrived”—and no longer ask questions or seek ways to improve—an already-dangerous job becomes even riskier. At the same time, humans are still creatures of habit, and we become what we repeatedly do.
那么我们怎样才能变得更好呢? It’s a question that safety professionals like Area 安全 Manager 瑞茜·福丁 每天都要面对什么. One answer that Reese and fellow members of 百乐博app’s Health, 安全 and Environment (HS&E) team have found is to focus on small changes that make big impacts over time. Often, that means going against the industry grain.
截至10月1日, 百乐博app is requiring all employee-owners to wear a four-point chinstrap helmet or modified hard hat when working on jobsites. In some places, the change has been met with enthusiasm. In others, it’s seen some head-scratching (though not while removing any head protection, of course). This week we sat down with Reese to talk about the motivation and the science behind this change.
里斯，安全帽出现多久了? And, as importantly, when did they become required in construction?
The first hard hat was called the “Hard-boiled hat” and was made of steamed canvas and leather, covered with black paint and featured a suspension system. 它是由爱德华·W. 布拉德在1919年. 作为陆军中尉, Bullard was inspired by how soldiers’ helmets protected them during World War I. But it took a long time for them to be required on a project, let alone industrywide. The first project with a documented requirement of hard hats was the Golden Gate Bridge in 1933, and in 1970 the Occupational 安全 and Health Act required them on most jobsites.
Why is 百乐博app moving away from the traditional hard hat now and using a four-point chinstrap helmet instead?
We’re constantly investing in new ways to provide better protection for the people working on our projects. 头部受伤, 从高度, 滑倒在地, 或删除对象, 是不可逆转的，甚至是致命的. Because of these life-threatening or life-altering consequences, 百乐博app is taking steps to require additional protection.
But for the chinstrap specifically—why not ask just those working at heights to use these new helmets?
So, yes, people working at heights are at greater risk of injuries from falls. But there are other actions including material handling, 被下落物体击中, or simply slipping and tripping that can cause the traditional helmet to come off, 哪些会导致严重的伤害. And these include secondary head injuries—which I’ve illustrated in a short video. Having a four-point strap ensures that the helmet stays in place regardless of the task being performed.
Which new hard hat model did we eventually select and why? 我们做了什么样的测试和比较?
我们决定了 MSA V-Gard H1 because we found that it had the lowest effect on the wearer’s body heat, 长时间使用后最舒适, and the best overall safety performance related to cost per unit.
What have the responses been from employee-owners? If there has been any pushback, how has your team responded?
Since wearing a helmet or hard hat with a chinstrap is not super sexy, some employee-owners have felt like their style will be cramped. 然而, when it came down to rolling them out and wearing them on October 1, our employee-owners have responded quite positively. The positive reception is likely because of the materials and Q&我们在推出的时候分享过, which brought awareness to the importance of upping our head protection game.
This hard hat change completely fits into our larger STCKY program since falls are the number-one killer of construction workers and even a same-level fall can be fatal, 如果不是严重的. 事实上, one of our STCKY “Fatal 8” is Sh— Built at Heights, a critical activity that we focus on with planning and innovation. Our new hard hats come with our updated “Stop the STCKY” logos, too!
For more info about STCKY and other 百乐博app safety programs, visit our safety page at photonewsonline.net/why-sundt /安全.