Construction Hard Hat HistoryThe hard hat is a piece of protective equipment that hasn’t been around for a very long time – the helmet-like head-gear used for protecting the head against the injuries caused by falling objects is a relatively new invention, dating back only to the end of the 19th century.  The safety oriented construction companies in Denver use them.  In fact, you cannot even be on a construction site without wearing one.

The inventions of Industrial Revolution made it possible to build larger ships, larger buildings and to mine deeper into the ground, but these new technologies also increased the likeliness of accidents and brought about inventions in the field of safety gear as well. In the US, the first hard hats made from leather were used in mines, then in 1919, E. W. Bullard, the owner of a mining equipment company from California, patented the first “hard-boiled hat” made from steamed canvas. Soon, the US Army commissioned Bullard to create a hat to be used in shipyards and the inventor continued to improve his models, adding an internal suspension for improved protection. By the 1930, the use of hard hats spread in the construction industry and the design of the hats continued to evolve as well – by the end of the 1930’s, aluminum became the common material used for making hard hats, replaced by fiberglass in the 1940’s and by thermoplastic material in the 1950’s.

Today’s hard hats are essentially the same as they used to be 50 years ago, design innovation focusing mainly on extra comfort features, such as sun visors, ear protection, perspiration-absorbing lining or integrated radios.