Hard Hats Save Lives!
I am aware of a recent accident in Maine where a lineman was operating a digger truck, and a freak accident happened. After digging a hole, he rotated the boom around and because of obsticles, needed to put the boom nearly straight up. Suddenly, the pilot point of the auger fell and struck him on the head! Everyone involved agrees, had he not worn his hard-hat, he would have most likely been killed. After a few stitches, and some bumps and bruises, he is none for the worse. What happened? During digging, the bolt that holds the pilot point in place broke. It appears that the 38 pound unit was being held in place by mud and debris until it fell. The distance to impact was about four feet, enough to generate hundreds of pounds of force. The carbide tip actually cracked the hat (causing the cuts). However, the shock absorbing features of the hat protected his spine, and the impact resistance kept his head from being crushed. You may say he was lucky... I say Smart! Keep up the good work guys, and remember to wear your hard-hats... They save lives!