Work-related accidents can happen in any occupation. However, construction is by far the most dangerous industry in the United States. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, more than 4,800 workers died on the job in 2014.
Construction companies are required by law to provide workers with the necessary safety equipment. This may include boots, eye protection, gloves and other protective gear. One of the most common and essential pieces of safety equipment is the hard hat.
Hard hats can protect workers from life-threatening injuries. As OSHA explains, hard hats can prevent wounds from falling objects and materials, exposed electrical wires, and heavy machinery.
Unfortunately, proper safety equipment will not make construction workers immune to all accidents. If you or a loved one was injured on the job in South Carolina, contact the Hammack Law Firm.
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When Is It Mandatory for Workers to Wear Hard Hats?
There are two standards that outline the mandatory use of hard hats: the construction sector standard (29 CFR 1926.100) and the general industry standard (29 CFR 1910.135). Hard hats are compulsory whenever workers are at risk of head injuries from:
- Fixed structures such as supports, beams and other building equipment;
- Electric shocks;
- Or falling objects, tools or other debris.
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Type 1 and Type II Hard Hats
Type I hard hats protect the top of the head only. They are common on worksites in the United States. Construction companies in Europe tend to use Type II hard hats, which protect the top and sides of the head.
Electrical Classes and Hard Hat Types
Hard hats are often associated with falling debris and materials, but they also protect workers from electric shock. There are three categories that identify a hard hat’s effectiveness against electrocution:
- Conducive (Class C) hard hats do not offer electrical protection;
- Electrical (Class E) hard hats offer protection up to 20,000 volts;
- And General (Class G) hard hats offer protection for 2,200 volts.
If you were injured on a construction site in South Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical bills and other damages. Unfortunately, making a workers’ compensation claim is often an uphill legal battle.
Sometimes employers argue that workers do not deserve compensation. The insurance company may also deny or undervalue your claim. This is where a personal-injury lawyer may be able to help.
A South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney from the Hammack Law Firm can evaluate your case and represent your interests. We understand the tactics that insurance companies use to undervalue or deny claims, and we know how to find success in court.