Hard Hat Awareness Week

Survey reveals only 6% of construction workers who experienced a head injury sought medical attention.

Published on: 25/09/20

Headway, the brain injury association charity and leading safety manufacturer Centurion are working together to raise awareness of using and maintaining hard hats while on construction sites.

The organisations have partnered to create Hard Hat Awareness Week which runs from 21st-27th September and will see a series of activities designed to drive awareness of brain injury and encourage best practice around safety equipment.

The results of a survey conducted by Headway which explored the use of hard hats in the construction industry and understanding of concussion were published at the start of the awareness raising week.

Statistics revealed that among those who experienced a head injury at work:

  • 52% did not report an incident to their manager
  • Just 6% sought medical attention for their head injury

Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: “Brain injury is more common than you think, and its impact can be life-changing for both the injured person but also their wider family. Ensuring your head protection is worn and cared for correctly is key to remaining safe.

Chris Tidy from Centurion Safety Products said: “We want people to understand the devastating effects of brain injury. It’s not just the individual that’s impacted, a brain injury can change the lives and futures of partners, family members and friends.

“Centurion and Headway want to drive the awareness of brain injury but also help wearers of safety helmets and hard hats to understand the possibly lifesaving piece of PPE they are wearing.