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Safety reps need perspective


Sir, As field service engineers repairing heavy earthmoving equipment, we agree with the recent letters on PPE that the view often taken by on-site safety representatives tends to neglect common sense.

While working on site, on more than one occasion we have had site safety reps stop their vehicles, sound the horn and warn us to get our safety hats on.

No consideration is given to the fact that the area where we are working has little enough room for our hands and heads, let alone a safety helmet.

We have also found that, when working under machinery, the skip at the front of the hat tends to catch on pipes, pumps, fittings, etc, causing an injury similar to whiplash.

We have often been told that using a bump hat ? by which we mean a hat or cap of lighter material similar to a riding hat, with a soft skip to the front ? is not allowed on site. Could someone clarify this for us?

Are these hats be accepted by the Health and Safety Executive?

Trying to get rid of the tunnel vision approach is becoming more and more difficult.

Sandy Cowe Greenfaulds Cumbernauld Glasgow