College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Thomas Kommer, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Head injuries are one of the most common ways workers are injured on a construction site, but head protection has not evolved over the last few decades. A new style of head protection, a safety helmet is being introduced to better protect workers, but the new style has not been widely adopted. A survey was conducted to determine workers preferences when choosing head protection and 31 responses were collected. 68% of the respondents currently wear a safety helmet, but 60% of the respondents would choose a traditional helmet if given the choice. 73% workers with more than 5 years of experience preferred a traditional helmet, while 50% of the workers with less than 5 years of experience preferred a safety helmet. The respondents made it clear that comfort was the most important feature to them when they choose head protection. The appearance of head protection was not the most important factor to the more experienced workers, but some respondents voiced that they do not understand why the design needs to change. Helmets are still very new to construction workers on the west coast, but with more companies introducing the helmets on jobsites, workers will gain a wider acceptance for them.

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