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A New Generation of Head Protection: Are Helmets Replacing Hard Hats?

A New Generation of Head Protection: Are Hard Hats Being Replaced with Helmets?

A new generation of head protection is now available at D.E. Gemmill’s retail location in York, PA. For over 60 years, hard hats construction went hand and hand, but we are seeing more construction companies incorporating safety helmets into their safety protocols over the traditionally used hard hat. Hard hats seem to be limited to only protecting you from dropped tools or flying objects from above. Anyone who works day in and day out on a construction site may understand that a hard hats design is poorly suited to deflect or absorb impacts to the side or back of the head and if you were to slip, trip or fall you may loose your hard hat and fall without your head protection intact.

The construction industry has the greatest number of both fatal and non-fatal traumatic brain injuries in the US. Workers who are struck by objects in the side or back of the head, risk concussions and traumatic brain injuries, which can affect you long term both physically and mentally. According to the National Library of Medicine in recent years 2,200 construction workers died due to traumatic brain injuries, representing 25% of all construction fatalities. Imagine how many of these lives could have been saved or the severity of these traumatic brain injuries be reduced by having improved head protection.

Safety helmets being used today in construction not only shield against falling objects but certain helmets (Type II) offer increased protection from impacts to the side and back on the head as well as lateral impacts either from off center or to the top of the head. In addition, the chinstrap feature provides increased safety during slips, trips and falls by keeping helmets in place. The implementation of helmets over hard hats has multiple benefits; the worker benefits from less chance of injury, the company benefits from less lost time and workers comp payouts, and insurance companies could benefit from lower risk and less claims. While you may have to spend a little more money upfront, your employee’s safety and them returning home safely to their families everyday is invaluable.  

At D.E. Gemmill we continue to explore ways we can offer better solutions in personal protective equipment to improve the safety and health of our customers and all workers in the industry. KASK safety helmets are engineered to exceed the strictest global safety protection standards with intense impact absorption and protection with their high density expanded liner. KASK safety helmets have become recognized around the world for their exceptional safety, attention to design details and worker comfort. Construction companies who have tested and switched to wearing helmets over hardhats mentioned that their employees felt safer while wearing the helmets and the extra protection that the helmets provide outweigh the higher cost. Stop by our Retail Store today at 85 N Belmont Street York, PA 17403 for more information or to try on our new selection of KASK helmets today!



Craig Adams, Inc. has used D.E. Gemmill exclusively for our Line Painting and Signage needs since the 90’s.  We have always been very pleased with the quality of work performed, jobs completed in a timely fashion, and at competitive prices, on all size projects.  A great company to do business with!

— B. Keller , General Manager    , W. Craig Adams Inc

It has always been a positive experience working with D.E. Gemmill. It all starts in the estimating department where I can always count on receiving a proposal that is accurate and thorough. Then we have the tough task of scheduling on tight time frame jobs where Cary and Dave always seem to work us in when we need it. The field guys always do their best to bring to our attention possible conflicts that could present problems if they notice something that isn’t quite right.

I would recommend D.E. Gemmill’s services for anyone looking to have professional and quality workmanship on their projects.

— W. Stevens , Project Manager , Mainline Excavating

We wanted to send you a thank you for the great job. The men working were very good and completed their job very professionally. I really like when you have a great team to work with. Again thank you and your crew, we would recommend your company to anyone.

— W. Willders , Westminster Place At Stewartstown

I would like to let you know that the line painting crew (Donnie, Albert, Scott, Tom, and Possum) did a fantastic job this week. It was a pleasure to work with them and the respect they showed me while I was riding along. Please pass my appreciation along to them.

Also if you can get Donnie into singing lessons that would be great.  My ears still feel the pain.


— S. Walker , City of Lebanon – Traffic Shop

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