Qatar Developing Cooling Hard Hat to Help Construction Workers Survive Grueling Outdoor Heat
Qatar is currently constructing several stadiums that will serve as venues for the upcoming 2022 World Cup and while it may appear like just another ordinary construction job for other countries, the work is extremely challenging in this Arab country considering that the temperature can reach as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Thus, the government produced a self-cooling hard hat to solve the problem.
Thousands of workers are required to complete the job but they will be working in the desert, which can cause serious health damage and even death.
The Guardian previously reported that hundreds of workers, most of them migrants, already died due to heat-related causes while working at the World Cup stadium construction sites.
In response to the problem, the government came up with an invention that will help the workers stay cool – a self-cooling hard hat.
According to the researchers who developed the idea, the hard hat functions by means of a small solar panel that powers a fan, which in turn blows air on an insert in the lining of the hard hat. The insert is made up of a material that apparently can take on and store huge amount of heat. The same provides four hours’ worth of cooling.
Qatar University Professor of Engineering Saud Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Ghani who led the development of the invention told CNN that “By reducing the temperature of the head and the face, the rest of the body will naturally follow and ensure that workers have a constant flow of cooler air to refresh them throughout their day.”
The cooling helmet will be implemented this year and it is said that the invention already has potential customers from other countries such as Mexico, Singapore, and Egypt.
To date, there are 18,000 workers who are currently deployed to construct the eight stadiums for the World Cup but it is expected that the number will even double by next year.
Qatar has been criticized by human rights advocates because of alleged poor treatment of migrant workers, most of them from South East Asia, who are forced to work and live in adverse conditions.
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