Right thing to say: “Go back and get your hard hat”

by on December 2, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

A fatal accident at a Jersey City, NJ, high-rise is the type that is characterized as a “freak accident,” but that implies that an accident was caused by an unlikely event.

And there were a couple of unlikely events: A construction worker 50 stories up on a skyscraper project dropped his tape measure – and that tape measure fell 500 feet (reaching a speed of 140 mph) before hitting a piece of metal about 10 feet off the ground. The one-pound tape-measure ricocheted off the metal and hit an independent contractor in the head, killing him.

That man was not wearing his required hard hat, apparently having left it in his vehicle. He was on site to deliver drywall, and was speaking to someone at the time of the accident.

As unlikely as this was, it serves as a warning about hard hat use. When there’s a fatal accident, there is usually at least one safety lapse.

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