1. Hard hat turns 100 this year, inventor’s family celebrates all year

    Women got the vote. Prohibition began. The Treaty of Versailles was signed. The National Football League was founded. And, the construction industry was forever changed by the invention of an often overlooked but significant worker safety advancement – the hard hat. And, while perhaps not considered a great technological invention now, at the time the invention of the hard hat revolutionized and galvanized the businesses and the people behind American industrial boom. The company that invented it has a year-long celebration planned.

    The hard hat comes from a Kentucky based, family owned company called Bullard, which was founded in 1898 in San Francisco by Edward Dickinson Bullard. The company originally supplied carbide lamps and other mining equipment to gold and copper miners in California, Nevada and Arizona. When Edward Dickinson Bullard’s son, E.W. Bullard returned from World War I, he
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  2. Reducing hand injuries: Use technology to eliminate bolting pinch points

    Hand injuries in bolting are far too commonplace in heavy industry, but they can be avoided entirely by removing the pinch point – where hands and fingers are placed in harm’s way – through eliminating the use of a reaction arm and backup wrench while performing bolting work.

    OSHA reports that 27 percent of all workplace injuries are related to the hands and fingers. In heavy industry, the figures rise. For example, the International Association of Drilling Contractors has reported that 43 percent of all oil and gas industry injuries occur to workers’ hands and fingers.

    Common and costly

    But hand injuries are not just prevalent. They are also very costly for both the companies who either employ or hire outside contractors and their indemnifiers. During massive bolting jobs, employees suffer hand injuries before they even have a chance to reac
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  3. Combustible dust FAQs

    Know the hierarchy of risk controls to effectively mitigate hazards
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