Hard Hats, Safety Helmets, and Bump Caps – A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Protection for the Job


It’s easy to think of head injuries as catastrophic, and they certainly can be. It’s also easy to think of hard hats as THE head injury prevention solution, and they certainly DO provide essential protection.

But before donning that hard hat let’s dig a little deeper…

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, injuries to the head account for roughly 40,000 injuries resulting in at least one day away from work every year in the private sector. Of those, a mere 6% occur in construction, where hard hats are most likely being worn.

Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector – where workers may or may not be wearing hard hats – accounts for roughly 10% of head injuries. Transportation and warehousing make up another 9%. And those folks are likely not wearing hard hats. All told, that’s more than three times the amount of head injuries than construction.

Does that mean they should all be wearing hard hats? Likely not.

Let’s explore the difference between object generated impact and worker generated impact to determine which product is the best for protecting your noggin

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About the Presenter

Allie Thunstrom

Allie has been the field product manager At Ergodyte since 2014, she is the Orange Planet’s Field Product Manager. Allie works closely with end users to identify solutions that meet their unique needs. Her focus is primarily Objects at Heights but, as Ergodyne’s resident field expert, she is well versed in all of the company’s safety categories. Prior to her role as a Field Product Manager, Allie was focused on temperature stress as Product Specialist for the Elements Pillar.

Allie is a native of North St. Paul and attended Boston College, where she played both Division 1 hockey and softball for the Eagles. She is currently a member of Minnesota’s professional women’s hockey team, the Whitecaps, and received NWHL MVP honors in 2020. Whether in the field or the office, you can usually find her with coffee or bubble tea in hand.

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