Airman 1st Class Chrisdien Scarlett, an A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief with the 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, wears his bump cap at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES)
Airman 1st Class Chrisdien Scarlett, an A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief with the 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, wears his bump cap at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Airmen test modified ‘bump cap’ that adds style to safety

by Matthew Keeler
Stars and Stripes

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The 51st Fighter Wing’s safety office came up with a simple and, it hopes, a popular solution to a problem that plagues aircraft maintainers across the Air Force.

From 2015-17 Air Force maintainers reported 802 on-duty injuries from striking their heads on aircraft or weapons, injuries that cost the service nearly $2.5 million in medical care and impacts on combat capability, according to data provided by the wing safety chief, Maj. Philip Budenbender.

The Air Force tried a prototype “bump cap” — an adjustable cap embroidered with the Air Force logo and fitted around hard-shell dome — to protect the user’s head. Bump caps, which provide some protection from minor bumps but not as much as a hard hat, are available in the civilian world.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.596315

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