[TowerTalk] hard hats

N9EN at VOYAGER.NET n9en at voyager.net
Tue Mar 2 19:52:45 EST 2004

Hello Pete & all,

I don't feel the least bit "guilty" when I am at work on a
tower and not wearing a "hard hat." My employer, Alcoa,
forces us to wear these silly plastic hard hats (and meta-
tarsal steel-toe work shoes/boots and eye protection)
in their Beloit, WI factory.

I work in the FOUNDRY,where temps normally run
90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit; temps being much hotter
if I have to work any appreciable distance off of the
floor or around any of the aluminum-melting natural
gas-fired furnaces.

As far as working on a tower is concerned... if it's cold
outside, I'll wear a baseball-style cap or put on a stock-
ing hat if it's really cold outside. In the summer, I usually
wear a baseball cap to prevent my mostly-bald head
from getting sunburned.

You guys can have your hard hats - I get more than
enough of them at WORK...

Good luck to all!

73 de Brad, N9EN @ Radio Free Roscoe (IL) [tm]
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pete Smith" <n4zr at contesting.com>
To: <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 1:03 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] hard hats

> I have for years felt vaguely guilty working on a tower without a hard hat,
> but the standard construction type are just too clumsy -- the suspension
> harness inside makes them wobble around on my head, and I'm forever hitting
> the front brim on the tower or antenna I'm working on, plus it restricts my
> upward vision.
> There *must* be something better -- recently I saw some "pro" tower guys
> working in what looked vaguely like the "almost no helmets" that some
> Harley guys like.  Someone referred to them as hockey helmets, but they
> looked more stripped down than that, with a pattern of holes over their
> surface (perhaps for cooling?)
> Any leads?
> 73, Pete N4ZR
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