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Title:
HARD HAT ACCESSORY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/040988
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Provided is a hard hat accessory (10) comprising a mounting (12) which is configured for demountable attachment to a hard hat (8). The accessory (10) also includes a head covering (14) for operatively surrounding a face (16) and neck (18) of a wearer (9) of the hard hat (8). The covering (14) comprises a transparent mesh (20) which is operatively proximate the wearer's face (16). Apertures of the mesh (20) are generally dimensioned to allow the wearer (9) to see through the mesh (20) relatively unobstructed, while at the same time preventing the entry of insects behind the head covering (14). In a preferred embodiment, the mesh (20) also included an opaque band (22) proximate the hard hat (8) to provide additional shading. The covering (14) also comprises a shade (24) which is proximate the wearer's neck (18) and is configured to provide shading. The covering also includes releasable attachment means (26) which is configured for securing the mounting (12) to the hard hat.

Inventors:
SCOTT, Keith (8 Watts Close, Boulder, Western Australia 6432, 6432, AU)
Application Number:
AU2018/050932
Publication Date:
March 07, 2019
Filing Date:
August 29, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
FLY AWAY BRIMS PTY LTD (8 Watts Close, Boulder, Western Australia 6432, 6432, AU)
International Classes:
A42B1/24; A42B1/06; A42B3/00; A42B3/18
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PATENTEUR PTY LTD (Amberley Business Centre, IBM Building Level 31060 Hay Stree, West Perth Western Australia 6005, 6005, AU)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A hard hat accessory comprising:

a brim mounting configured for demountable attachment to a hard hat, said brim mounting defining attachment means configured for complementarily receiving a suspension system of the hard hat to secure the mounting to the hard hat; and

a head covering operatively and removably suspended from the brim mounting to surround a face and neck of a wearer of the hard hat, the covering comprising:

i) a transparent mesh proximate the wearer's face and including an opaque band proximate the brim mounting to provide shading to a wearer's eyes, apertures of the mesh dimensioned to allow the wearer to see therethrough whilst preventing ingress of insects; and ii) a shade proximate the wearer's neck to provide shading; wherein operative attachment of said accessory to a hard hat provides both shade and insect protection to a wearer's head.

2. The accessory of claim 1, wherein the brim mounting comprises a resiliently deformable brim shaped and configured to operatively engage with a brim of the hard hat.

3. The accessory of either of claims 1 or 2, wherein the attachment means comprises a front pocket defined by the mounting, said front pocket shaped and dimensioned to complementarily receive a front portion of the hard hat therein in order to secure the accessory to the hard hat.

4. The accessory of any of claims 1 to3, wherein the attachment means comprises a rear pocket defined by the mounting, said rear pocket shaped and dimensioned to complementarily receive a rear portion of the hard hat therein in order to secure the accessory to the hard hat.

5. The accessory of claim 3, wherein the front pocket defines suitable apertures therein to accommodate the suspension system of the hard hat.

6. The accessory of claim 4, wherein the rear pocket defines suitable apertures therein to accommodate the suspension system of the hard hat .

7. The accessory of either of claims 5 or 6, wherein the apertures of the front and/or rear pockets are configured such that operative accommodation of a suspension system of the hard hat secures the accessory to the hard hat.

8. The accessory of any of claims 1 to 7, wherein the mesh is foraminous with a spacing between strands or fibres comprising such mesh configured to allow a wearer to see therethrough whilst preventing entry of insects.

9. The accessory of claim 8, wherein spacing between strands is in the range of 0.1mm to 5mm.

10. The accessory of claim 8, wherein spacing between strands is in the range of 0.5mm to 2,5mm.

11. The accessory of claim 8, wherein spacing between strands is in the range of 1mm to 2mm.

12. The accessory of any of claims 1 to 11, wherein the brim mounting is manufactured from a polymer and/or fabric material being resiliently deformable.

13. The accessory of any of claims 1 to 12, wherein the mesh is manufactured from a UV-resistant polymer material.

14. The accessory of any of claims 1 to 13, wherein the shade is manufactured from a UV-resistant cloth or fabric material.

15. The accessory of any of claims 1 to 14, wherein the head covering comprises a connector configured to releasably connect the transparent mesh and the shade.

16. The accessory of claim 15, wherein the connector comprises a clasp locker, zipper, hook and loop arrangement, buttons, press fittings, etc.

17. The accessory of any of claims 1 to 16, wherein the shade comprises a number of separate panels releasably attachable to each other and/or the covering.

18. The accessory of claim 17, wherein the panels are releasably attachable via a clasp locker, zipper, hook and loop arrangement, press fittings, etc.

19. The accessory of any of claims 1 to 18, wherein the mesh defines a slit or similar access therein to allow a wearer access to the wearer's mouth and/or face.

20. The accessory of claim 19, wherein the slit is sealable via a clasp locker, zipper, hook and loop arrangement, press fittings, buttons, etc.

21. The accessory of any of claims 1 to 20, wherein the mesh comprises a drawstring to suitably seat and/or fasten a bottom edge thereof around a wearer's head and/or body.

Description:
HARD HAT ACCESSORY

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] This invention relates to the general field of headwear, and more specifically to an accessory for a hard hat.

BACKGROUND TO THE INVENTION

[0002] The following discussion of the background art is intended to facilitate an understanding of the present invention only. The discussion is not an acknowledgement or admission that any of the material referred to is or was part of the common general knowledge as at the priority date of the application.

[0003] Safety headwear, such as a hard hat, is known in the art. In particular, a hard hat is a type of helmet predominantly used in workplace environments, such as industrial or construction sites, to protect the head from injury due to falling objects, impact with other objects, debris, etc. Most hard hats also include a suspension system comprising some manner of suspension bands inside the helmet to spread the helmet's weight and the force of any impact evenly over the top of the wearer's head.

[0004] Most suspension systems also provide a space between the helmet's outer shell and the wearer's head, so that if an object strikes the shell, the impact is less likely to be transmitted directly to the skull. Some helmet shells also have a mid-line reinforcement ridge to improve impact resistance.

[0005] Hard hats are often required headgear in various circumstances, such as mining and industrial sites, requiring a person to wear them for continuous and often extended periods of time. As a result, comfort is an important consideration in hard hat design, along with the requisite safety aspects.

[0006] The Applicant has identified a shortcoming in the art of hard hats where there may be inadequate protection to the wearer from direct sunlight, as well as environmental factors such as insects .

[0007] Accordingly, the present invention was conceived with these shortcomings in mind and seeks to propose possible solutions, at least in part, in amelioration of the known shortcomings in the art of hard hat comfort and useability.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] According to an aspect of the invention there is provided a hard hat accessory comprising:

a brim mounting configured for demountable attachment to a hard hat, said brim mounting defining attachment means configured for complementarily receiving a suspension system of the hard hat to secure the mounting to the hard hat; and

a head covering operatively and removably suspended from the brim mounting and surrounding a face and neck of a wearer of the hard hat, the covering comprising:

i) a transparent mesh proximate the wearer's face and including an opaque band proximate the brim mounting to provide shading to a wearer's eyes, apertures of the mesh dimensioned to allow the wearer to see therethrough whilst preventing ingress of insects; and

ii) a shade proximate the wearer's neck to provide shading; wherein operative attachment of said accessory to a hard hat provides both shade and insect protection to a wearer's head. [0009] Typically, the brim mounting comprises a resiliently deformable brim shaped and configured to operatively engage with a brim of the hard hat.

[0010] In one example, the attachment means comprises a front pocket defined by the mounting, said front pocket shaped and dimensioned to complementarily receive a front portion of the hard hat therein in order to secure the accessory to the hard hat.

[0011] In one example, the attachment means comprises a rear pocket defined by the mounting, said rear pocket shaped and dimensioned to complementarily receive a rear portion of the hard hat therein in order to secure the accessory to the hard hat.

[0012] Typically, the front pocket defines suitable apertures therein to accommodate the suspension system of the hard hat.

[0013] Typically, the rear pocket defines suitable apertures therein to accommodate the suspension system of the hard hat.

[0014] In one example, the apertures of the front and/or rear pockets are configured such that operative accommodation of a suspension system of the hard hat secures the accessory to the hard hat .

[0015] In one example, the mesh is foraminous with a spacing between strands or fibres comprising such mesh configured to allow a wearer to see therethrough whilst preventing entry of insects.

[0016] In one example, the spacing between strands is in the range of 0.1mm to 5mm.

[0017] In one example, the spacing between strands is in the range of 0.5mm to 2,5mm. [0018] In one example, the spacing between strands is in the range of 1mm to 2mm.

[0019] Typically, the brim mounting is manufactured from a polymer and/or fabric material being resiliently deformable.

[0020] Typically, the mesh is manufactured from a polymer material .

[0021] Typically, the shade is manufactured from a cloth or fabric material.

[0022] Typically, the head covering comprises a connector configured to releasably connect the transparent mesh and the shade .

[0023] Typically, the connector comprises a clasp locker, zipper, hook and loop arrangement, buttons, press fittings, etc.

[0024] Similarly, the shade comprises a number of separate panels releasably attached to each other and/or the covering. The panels may be releasably attached via a clasp locker, zipper, hook and loop arrangement, press fittings, etc.

[0025] Preferably, the mesh defines a slit or similar access therein to allow a wearer access to the wearer's mouth and/or face. The slit may be sealable via a clasp locker, zipper, hook and loop arrangement, press fittings, buttons, etc.

[0026] Typically, the mesh comprises a drawstring to suitably seat and/or fasten a bottom edge thereof around a wearer's head and/or body. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The description will be made with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

Figure 1 is a side perspective-view diagrammatical representation of a hard hat accessory, in accordance with an aspect of the invention, when mounted to a hard hat worn by a wearer;

Figure 2 is a bottom-view diagrammatical representation of the hard hat accessory of Figure 1 ;

Figure 3 is a further side perspective-view diagrammatical representation of the hard hat accessory; and

Figure 4 is a side perspective-view diagrammatical representation of a further example of a hard hat accessory.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS

[0027] Further features of the present invention are more fully described in the following description of several non-limiting embodiments thereof. This description is included solely for the purposes of exemplifying the present invention to the skilled addressee. It should not be understood as a restriction on the broad summary, disclosure or description of the invention as set out above. In the figures, incorporated to illustrate features of the example embodiment or embodiments, like reference numerals are used to identify like parts throughout.

[0028] With reference now to the accompanying figures, there is shown one embodiment of a hard hat accessory 10, in accordance with an aspect of the invention. In this example, the accessory 10 generally comprises a brim mounting 12 which is configured for demountable attachment to a hard hat 8, as shown. The accessory 10 also generally includes a head covering 14 for operatively surrounding a face 16 and neck 18 of a wearer 9 of the hard hat 8, as shown in Figure 1.

[0029] In the current example, the covering 14 comprises a transparent mesh 20 which is operatively proximate the wearer's face 16. Apertures of the mesh 20 are generally dimensioned to allow the wearer 9 to see through the mesh 20 relatively unobstructed, while at the same time preventing the entry of insects behind the head covering 14. In a preferred embodiment, the mesh 20 also included an opaque band 22 proximate the hard hat 8, as shown, to provide additional shading. However, other examples of the accessory 10 may exclude the opaque band 8.

[0030] The covering 14 also comprises a shade 24 which is proximate the wearer's neck 18 and is configured to provide shading. The covering also typically includes some manner of attachment means 26 which is configured for releasably securing the brim mounting 12 to the hard hat 8. In this manner, operative attachment of the mounting 12 to a hard hat 8 provides both shade and insect protection to a wearer's head. Advantageously, the accessory 10 is demountable from the hard hat 8, so that it can be removed if not required, such as moving to an indoor area, or the like .

[0031] In a typical example, the brim mounting 12 comprises a substantially rigid brim 28 which is shaped and configured to operatively engage with a brim or edge of the hard hat 8. The brim mounting 12 may comprise an extending brim of varying shapes and/or sizes, depending on wearer requirements. However, other variations are possible and within the scope of the current invention, e.g. a central band operatively laying over the hard hat, a clip, a receiving channel and/or the like. [0032] In the current example, more clearly shown in Figure 2, the attachment means 26 comprises a front pocket 29 and a rear pocket 30 in the brim mounting 12 and/or head covering 14 which are shaped and dimensioned to receive an edge or brim of the hard hat 8 therein in order to secure the accessory 10 to the hard hat 8. Advantageously, the rear pocket 30 defines suitable apertures 32 therein to accommodate a suspension system (not shown) of the hard hat 8. Similarly, other embodiments of the invention may have the front pocket 29 defining apertures, depending on suspension system requirements, or the like.

[0033] Accordingly, in this example, the apertures 32 of the pocket 30 are configured such that operative accommodation of a suspension system of the hard secures the accessory 10 to the hard hat, i.e. straps of the suspension system can pass through the apertures 32 to secure the accessory 10 to the hard hat 8.

[0034] In the present example, the mesh 20 is foraminous with a spacing between strands or fibres comprising the mesh configured to allow a wearer 9 to see therethrough whilst preventing entry of insects. Depending on requirements, the spacing between strands can vary in the range of 0.1mm to 5mm, but other ranges are possible and within the scope of the invention, e.g. 0.5mm to 2,5mm, or 1mm to 2mm, or the like.

[0035] Typically, the mesh 20 is manufactured from a polymer material via a suitable moulding or extrusion process, as is known in the art of mesh manufacture. In addition, the shade 24 is typically manufactured from a cloth or similar material, e.g. nylon, cotton, etc.

[0036] The head covering 14 typically comprises a connector 34 which is configured to releasably connect the transparent mesh 20 and the shade 24. Such a connector 34 may comprise a clasp locker, a zipper, a hook and loop arrangement, press fittings, clips, buttons, etc. Similarly, the shade 24 typically comprises a number of separate panels, as shown, with the panels releasably attached to each other. The panels may be releasably attached via a clasp locker, a zipper, a hook and loop arrangement, press fittings, studs, buttons, etc. In this manner, the panels may be selectively attached and/or raised or lowered relative to the hard hat, according to user requirements.

[0037] In one embodiment, the mesh 20 defines a slit 38 or similar access therein to allow a wearer access to the wearer' s mouth and/or face. Typically, the mesh 20 also comprises a drawstring 40 to suitably seat and/or fasten a bottom edge thereof around a wearer's head and/or body. Other variations are possible and within the scope of the present invention.

[0038] Applicant believes it particularly advantageous that the present invention provides for accessory 10 which can be demountably or removably attached to a hard hat in a manner which readily accommodates an existing suspension system of said hard hat without interference therewith. The accessory 10 further provides both sun and insect protection to conventional hard hats.

[0039] Optional embodiments of the present invention may also be said to broadly consist in the parts, elements and features referred to or indicated herein, individually or collectively, in any or all combinations of two or more of the parts, elements or features, and wherein specific integers are mentioned herein which have known equivalents in the art to which the invention relates, such known equivalents are deemed to be incorporated herein as if individually set forth. In the example embodiments, well-known processes, well-known device structures, and well known technologies are not described in detail, as such will be readily understood by the skilled addressee. [0040] The use of the terms "a", "an", "said", "the", and/or similar referents in the context of describing various embodiments (especially in the context of the claimed subject matter) are to be construed to cover both the singular and the plural, unless otherwise indicated herein or clearly contradicted by context. The terms "comprising, " "having, " "including, " and "containing" are to be construed as open-ended terms (i.e., meaning "including, but not limited to,") unless otherwise noted. As used herein, the term "and/or" includes any and all combinations of one or more of the associated listed items. No language in the specification should be construed as indicating any non-claimed subject matter as essential to the practice of the claimed subject matter.

[0041] It is to be appreciated that reference to "one example" or "an example" of the invention, or similar exemplary language

(e.g., "such as") herein, is not made in an exclusive sense. Various substantially and specifically practical and useful exemplary embodiments of the claimed subject matter are described herein, textually and/or graphically, for carrying out the claimed subject matter.

[0042] Accordingly, one example may exemplify certain aspects of the invention, whilst other aspects are exemplified in a different example. These examples are intended to assist the skilled person in performing the invention and are not intended to limit the overall scope of the invention in any way unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. Variations (e.g. modifications and/or enhancements) of one or more embodiments described herein might become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art upon reading this application. The inventor (s) expects skilled artisans to employ such variations as appropriate, and the inventor (s) intends for the claimed subject matter to be practiced other than as specifically described herein.