30 Oct Toolbox Talk – Head Protection
Every year workers sustain head injuries, many of them fatal.
Many of these injuries could have been prevented if helmets had been worn or used correctly.
This Toolbox Talk Covers: Hazards, head protection and maintenance
- Loose material being kicked into an excavation.
- Material falling from a scaffold platform.
- Material falling from a load being carried by a crane or hoist.
- Material falling from a loaded skip or dumper.
- A scaffolder dropping a fitting while erecting or dismantling a scaffold.
- Workers above dropping tools or equipment
Head Protection and Maintenance:
- You have a legal obligation to use the head protection provided.
- Don’t go into areas where head protection is required, unless you are wearing your helmet.
- Ensure that the helmet fits you and is suitable for the job.
- Take care of the equipment issued to you.
- Ensure that a damaged, lost, or out of date helmet is replaced immediately.
- Check your helmet regularly and follow manufacturer’s instructions on replacement dates.
- Don’t store the helmet in direct sunlight, keep it safe not on the floor.
- Wear your helmet correctly, peak to the front, it’s not a baseball cap. The peak protects your nose from falling objects.
- Wear a chinstrap if you have to bend forward or down, or in windy conditions.
- Don’t customise your helmet; any alterations may weaken the shell, and your head!
If you have any questions regarding this ToolBox talk you can Contact Matt Hollister on Matt.Hollister@thomas-interiors.co.uk