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Heavy Equipment Safety: So how Important are Hardhats
What do hardhats have to do with heavy equipment safety? When you are in the vehicle, nothing really, hardhats have a lot more to do with workplace safety than heavy equipment safety. If you are in a covered vehicle a hardhat is generally not going to give you too many safety benefits. If there is a hard roof over your head, that will protect you from falling objects. The hardhat might come into play if something comes through the windshield but in terms of actual heavy equipment safety benefits, they are unlikely to offer much. All the same, you should always wear your hardhat.
Why wear a hardhat in a vehicle? Heavy equipment operators quite often need to exit their vehicles. In fact, there are often times that they must work alongside their vehicles. These are times that accidents happen. You might be perfectly safe inside the vehicle, but step outside and you are vulnerable. You should make a habit of wearing your hardhat at all times, wear it so often that you feel naked without it. The last thing you want is to have an accident when you are unprepared. While hardhats are not that big a part of heavy equipment safety, it is highly recommended that heavy equipment operators make use of them. Hardhats save lives and prevent injuries and that is at the heart of what heavy equipment safety is all about. If you have any questions or comments relating to heavy equipment safety, please feel free to contact us at Associated Training Services.
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