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It goes without saying that our head is worth protecting. It contains our brain and other important stuff that we need to do things like see, talk, hear and eat. That's why wearing a hard hat on construction sites and other places where things can fall without notice out of the sky is a no-brainer. A single head injury can handicap a person for life or even be fatal. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, injuries to workers not wearing hard hats can come from virtually every angle. More than one-half of the workers got knocked on the noggin while they were looking down. About three-tenths were just looking straight ahead minding their own business. While a third of the unprotected workers were injured when they bumped into stationary objects. The moral of the story? Keep your head up, eyes open and hard hat on.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|