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?All archaeologists are evil?. Discuss
Looking at various web sites it seems that hard hats should be replaced every five years and every two years if they are getting a lot of raysCool. And obviously binned if they have been subject to any trauma. I have one I keep in the cellar that is over thrirty years old I feed it occasionally with the odd dead mouse but I would never ever consider wearing it.

For sites I have my own personal helmet whose history I know and which is replace every three years or sooner. If I am going to be putting my life on a piece of equipment I want to know everything about it and the only way to do that is to have personal equipment. That said on most sites where helmets are worn there is in fact little if any risk and often no real need for them, in those cases I will wear the site helmets.

Hard hats do save lives I had a colleague who had a roodf tiler drop a slate on his head, it did penetrate the hard hat but not his skull.
Being as there are no instancs to my knowledge of anyone ever suffering any thing landing on their heads on an open excavation I should not worry about out of date hard hats............I would personally ban the wearing of them unless a justifiable risk was present ! Uncomfortable bloody awful things serving no purpose 99.99999999999999999999999999999999 % of the time.....only to have us all looking like clones.....
.......................some are more evil than others !
I blame my bad neck on wearing them, hardly ergonomic trying to shovel while balancing a bit of plastic on one's head. Can list you any number of accidents caused by pointlessly worn hardhats, a colleague years back had his cheekbone smashed by someone else's hat falling off while building a photo tower, and I've only ever seen people ending up on the floor after walking into scaffolding because the hardhat blocked their peripheral vision so they didn't automatically duck. Oh, the incident with the framing bolt was saved by the wooly item the guy was wearing under his hardhat [cold day] :face-approve:
:face-approve: :face-approve: Nice one Dinosaur Smile
Dinosaur Wrote:..a colleague years back had his cheekbone smashed by someone else's hat falling off while building a photo tower..

That wouldn't have happenned if they had been wearing the chin strap (normally) supplied with the hat. I agree, however, that on most open excavations there are few if any overhead risks. I've also walked into my own share of scaffolds etc but I've always put it down to the extra height rather than loss of peripheral vision.
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Wax Wrote:Shame Cartoon Reality is on holiday as I am sure he could illustrate the ultimate "well dressed and stylish archaeologist" What is wrong with bow ties? Is PPs avatar a reflection of what he/she/it considers stylish. And to counter any personal attacks I am at the bottom of the list when it comes to urbane, witty, well dressed and stylish, but I do occasionally scrub up well for that special occasion:face-kiss:

i was a lot younger then - i've matured since

and the collective repost serve my point well thanks
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
I suspect many dates on PPE are a tool to increase to cash-flow of the companies that make them.

Albeit that the rule comes from higher up..........

Same as use by date on preservatives like vinegar
As to being evil................yeah, sure. But 'evil is ok'

But what is evil or good is dictated by a society. Different societies have different definitions. Many religions also claim the right to dictate the difference too.

I've always found the taboo-ness of digging up humans bones baffling and interesting.

After all, in this country, given the number of people that have died (ever) and the limited space, and the constant re-cyling of carbon (and other bits) I reckon almost all of the soil in the country was a human at one stage.

I guess it's to do with the familiarity of the bones in the burial. But humans do have a fascinatingly short-timescale view on everything...........

Just think of where the water you drink has been }Smile

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