keyboard_arrow_downHard hats can save lives
In October 2004, South African Jama Nyeni, a construction worker with 10 years’ site experience, chose to wear his own “trusted V-Gard Cap” instead of a company-issued hard hat. This decision may have saved his life. Nyeni was working beside a maintenance crew who were relining a furnace at a construction site on the Kwa-Zulu Natal north coast. The crew was aligning sections of the furnace bottom, which required the use of a three-ton chain block. The apparatus, however, had been set up incorrectly and was pulling at an angle, overloading the chain which consequently snapped. The resulting whip-lashing action propelled the chain into the front of Nyeni’s V-Gard Cap, with a force that split it open from peak to rear suspension slot. The force knocked Nyeni to the ground. Although stunned, he remained conscious and sustained only slight bruising to his forehead.