New Surveyor Promo Video Released at TAPS
Please note that I said that about a hard hat in the ROW. As in right of way where it is often a requirement. Hey if people wanna work without personal protection that's fine but they might end up with a fine. And I am not letting anybody on my crew work without PPE where it is required. I had a bolt that was flung up from a truck tire that put a heck of a mark on my hard hat and would have done worse to my bare head if I was stubborn enough to wanna work without a hard hat in ROW. I don't think that sending a message to perspected surveyors that we condone flaunting the rules and work in a dangerous manner is a really good message. I just suggested that in this otherwise amazing video that that detail could have been added.
"Things are only impossible until they're not!" - Jean-Luc Picard
For whatever reason motorists show more respect to a person in a hard hat, it sends the message that you are working and have jurisdiction whereas just jumping out a vest makes them feel like you are an outsider to be disregarded.
The motorist is a fickle animal and understanding their behavior can be difficult but I think a hard hat does more than a sign to command their respect.
Purely anecdotal analysis of course, and I wear eye protection when working in the woods so I might just be more into ppe than most.
Some time ago I saw a news film (might have been on Country Calendar) about a totally blind farmer, who with the assistance of his wife was still working the farm. He lost sight in the first eye by what they think was a stray shotgun pellet, from a shot fired by a neighbouring farmer. He lost the second eye when tractor mowing a field, he was looking back at the mower and ran over some fence wire that was hidden in the grass and it flicked up and hit him in the eye.