The hard hat design has changed very little over the past 40 years. Hard hats are equipped with an adjustable headband, and they tend to fall off workers’ heads during a fall. Elevated falls continue to be the leading cause of death in the construction industry. However, it wasn’t until recently that companies started implementing changes and testing out safer alternatives to hard hats – such as safety helmets.
At Dick Building company, we discussed making changes to our hard hats to keep our team safer on the job. While traditional hard hats can easily fall off, new safety helmet designs have a chin strap and other useful safety features. One popular safety helmet brand is KASK, which is known for its biking, skiing and equestrian helmets.
Since safety is a big concern of ours, we decided to evaluate the KASK safety helmets by giving them to employees to test in the field. The safety helmet design we opted for is equipped with a chin strap, an up and down size adjustment system and an attachable visor. After a few months into the pilot program, we have collected a lot of positive feedback. We are in the process of rolling out the new safety helmets to all on-site employees. Despite the costly change, we believe the helmets are a worthwhile investment.
We were invited to discuss our safety helmet pilot program with members of the Master Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania in December 2017. At the safety committee meeting, we discussed our experience with the safety helmets, which persuaded other Pittsburgh companies to pilot the helmets. Bob McCall, the Director of Safety at the Master Builders’ Association of Western PA said “Thanks for discussing Dick Building Company’s pilot program of the safety helmets. I am certain these helmets will be the norm someday, and I am grateful you got the ball rolling in Western PA.”
OSHA may require safety helmet usage at construction sites down the road. We are happy to be ahead of the curve when it comes to safety and that we could help other companies along the way.
Reach out to us to discuss our company safety policies or safety helmet pilot program!