1950s Hard Hats

From miners to construction workers to electricians, workers have relied on protective helmets for decades. But this key piece of personal protective equipment has evolved since its early days, when it often was made with padded felt and later, metal. In the mid 20th century, manufacturers began making hard hats with tough, lightweight, non-conductive plastics, plus cushioning foams that absorb impact, helping protect our workers from debris as well as electrical currents.