National Hard Hat Awareness Week
During Hard Hat Awareness Week in the United Kingdom (14 to 20 June), Headway – the brain injury association, and safety manufacturer Centurion, are promoting the importance of recognising signs of concussion to hard hat wearers.
On today’s construction sites, there is widespread awareness of the need to wear a hard hat, but in a survey carried out by Headway last year, 52% of workers surveyed said they had experienced a head injury which they did not report to their manager. Of those workers who’d sustained a head injury, only 6 per cent sought medical attention.
There is growing evidence of the short and long-term damage that can be inflicted by even a single knock to the head.
Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, explains: “Concussion is often referred to as mild head injury and while most mild head injuries result in no long-term damage to the brain, it can cause temporary disruption to brain function that can last for a matter of hours to days, weeks or even months.
“People may experience dizziness, nausea or even distorted vision so for those working on a building site, potentially operating heavy machinery or working at height, this could lead to some very dangerous situations for themselves or colleagues.
“We want to remind people about the importance of wearing hard hats and taking any impact to the head seriously. Even a minor brain injury can have a major impact so take time to stop work, report the incident and recover fully before returning to work.”
Chris Tidy, technical and training specialist at Centurion Safety Products, says: “We’re very proud to be working alongside Headway for the second year to promote national Hard Hat Awareness Week.
“The impact of a brain injury can be life-changing for both the injured person but also their wider family and friends. Wearing a hard hat, maintaining, and storing it appropriately, and being more concussion aware, are all very vital to keep hard hat wearers safe.”
Centurion have worked together with their partners Arco, experts in safety, and Mips to raise awareness of concussion in the workplace, and have produced ‘Stop, Report and Recover’ concussion-aware information posters and booklets for distribution to construction sites nationwide alongside updating their ‘Wear and Care Guide’, emphasising the need to regularly check the condition of, and maintain, hard hats.
Hard Hat Awareness Week was introduced to drive awareness of brain injury through activities designed to encourage best practice around safety equipment.
Further information can be found on the Headway website: https://www.headway.org.uk/news-and-campaigns/campaigns/hard-hat-awareness-week/