Workers, such as miners, steel erectors, and ship builders, can protect themselves from serious head injuries resulting from
falling objects by wearing a hard cap now being marketed in the West. Light and comfortable, it is said to be a nonconductor of electricity, and proof against fire and water. A shipyard laborer wearing one of the guards was struck on the head by a 12-1/2-pound piece of steel which fell six feet. He was knocked to his knees, but was uninjured. Another, provided with the cap, was struck down by the impact of a 20-ounce bolt falling 42 feet. He was not hurt, nor was the headpiece broken. For those who labor in poorly lighted places, the article is a safeguard against accidents due to contact with low ceilings and overhead projections.

  1. Blurgle says: May 7, 20075:56 pm

    Those cut-and-paste injuries can be serious.

  2. Jim Dunn says: May 8, 20075:32 am

    Hehe. I came in here to post something, but I forgot it when I started laughing at Blurgle’s post. Excellent point!

  3. galessa says: May 8, 20076:37 pm

    the hammer and the stone glued to the hat is what protecs them from falling objects.

  4. Blurgle says: May 9, 20076:42 am

    I can’t stop looking at these pictures. They look like hood ornaments for the French Foreign Legion.

  5. Jeff says: January 17, 20082:14 pm

    Ah, but keep in mind: this was probably the forerunner to the modern hard hat. Can I get one with truck nuts?

  6. jayessell says: January 17, 20082:58 pm

    The Discovery Channel said the workmen on the Hoover Dam made ordinary hats hard by putting pitch on them.

  7. Adrian Gregg says: September 22, 20088:55 pm

    Ha ha ha, The Discovery Channel.. I’m not an American, and have spent 30 years reading books on weird stuff. when ever i see a doco from “that” channel they are always very very wrong with facts. and made for young children.. do Americans feel this way?

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