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Hard Hat Awareness: Preventing concussion and brain injury

Head protection make up only 3% of PPE purchases, yet account for over 20% of injuries. It’s Hard Hat Awareness Week, a campaign introduced to increase awareness of brain injury and promote the importance of recognising and reporting signs of concussion from users of hard hats. Brain injury charity, Headway, and leading hard hat manufacturer, Centurion have partnered to create this important campaign.   Health and safety awareness is routine practice on modern construction sites with workers wearing hard hats and safety equipment whenever required. However, in these potentially dangerous settings, head and brain injury is a very real risk. There is growing evidence, following many studies in the field of concussion, that even one knock to the head can lead to short-term or long-term damage. Therefore, Headway and Centurion are working together to raise awareness of using and maintaining hard hats while on site. Headway conducted a survey in 2020 which explored the use of hard hats in the construction industry and understanding of concussion. The statistics revealed some quite shocking results with over half who experienced a head injury at work did not report an incident to their manager and only 6% sought medical attention following the injury. […] read more
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