Replacing Hard Hats with Safety Helmets

For 40-plus years the design of construction hard hats hasn’t changed much—a brimmed shell attached to a suspended, adjustable headband.

But that’s changing as designs, first used in mountain climbing and other sports helmets, are adapted for construction workers.

The introduction of the helmets—don’t call them hard hats—is driven by the belief that helmets provide better side impact protection than traditional hard hats and won’t tumble away if a worker falls, company safety officials told Bloomberg BNA.

“If you’re working on a ladder and fall, your head snaps backwards, your hard hat falls off,” Jason Timmerman, safety director for Skanska USA Commercial Development, said. Bureau of Labor Statistics said brain injuries led to the deaths of at least 992 construction workers from 2011 through 2015, although it isn’t clear how many of the fatalities started with a fall.

Bill Drexel, safety director for subcontractor Scaffold Resource in Lanham, Md., recalled workers so concerned their hard hats wouldn’t stay in place that they created their own chin straps to hold hard hats in place in case they fell.

While general contractor employees are predominately using the new helmets, safety managers said that eventually lead contractors or project owners could require subcontractors to use the new helmets or find an equivalent.

Read more about the origins of this idea, the "subcontractor mandate", and the adoption roadblocks in the original article: https://www.bna.com/safety-helmets-replacing-n73014461149/

paymentdue.png
February 01, 2018

Government seeking recommendations on federal prompt payment legislation

The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy, strengthening the middle class and helping those working hard to join it. As part of this commitment, action is underway on multiple fronts to ensure that construction contractors and subcontractors who do business with the federal government are paid promptly.
Read More
CHEK News - 5PM Jan 9.PNG
January 10, 2018

Historically high housing starts for Metro Victoria

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC) recently released a report and press release identifying an increase in housing starts across the nation. Metro Victoria finished 2017 with historically high housing starts.
Read More
TisTheSeason.png
December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays from VICA!

It's been an amazing year for the industry AND for the association: we introduced some new courses and events and, most importantly, we said thank you and farewell to our past CEO Greg Baynton and, "Hello! Let's do this!" to Rory Kulmala, our current CEO.
Read More
BCCA-Best-of-Logo-final.png
December 11, 2017

The Unsung Heroes of Public Sector Construction

Procuring construction services in the public sector is a highly specialized practice requiring unique experience, knowledge and skill. With contractors in demand, resources at a premium and timelines tight—now more than ever procurement professionals hold the master key to a successful project delivery.
Read More