The Hard Hat

Illustrations and photographs have helped document how protective headwear came into common use in construction projects.


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May-June 2020

Volume 108, Number 3
Page 150

DOI: 10.1511/2020.108.3.150

The hard hat has become ubiquitous on construction sites, on the heads of engineers, construction workers, and visitors alike, but this was not always the case. I am not aware of pictorial evidence that any specialized head or body protection was used on ancient building projects, as dangerous as working on them must have been.

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