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.
More in News
Airline Agrees Long Flights Are Boring, Hires In-Flight Live Theater Group
Future travelers of Icelandair airline, your carry-on bag just got a whole lot lighter. Leave your headphones, tablet and magazines at...Oct 10, 2017
Facebook Bands Together To Help Rescue This Trapped Woman
August 13th, 2017 was shaping up to be another ordinary day for 61-year-old Leslie Kahn. The afternoon weather was simply perfect,...Oct 1, 2017
What Really Happened to this Missing Female Soldier Who Became a Prisoner of War?
The stories of military heroes are forever embedded in the annals of history, and most armies stand firm on never leaving...Sep 12, 2017
Paris Apartment Frozen in Time for 70 Years Reveals a Valuable Secret
It was supposed to be an appraisal like any other after an elderly woman died in the south of France. The...Sep 10, 2017
When a Mexican Resort Dream Getaway Turned into a Nightmare
Heidi and Corey Sorrem were looking forward to a dream getaway at a Mexican resort, famous for its exotic beaches, archaeological...Sep 7, 2017
A Cold Case Heats Up 50 Years Later: Who Murdered Sister Cathy?
Sister Catherine Cesnik was a beloved teacher and friend. Her murder has haunted the city of Baltimore for almost 50 years...Aug 24, 2017
Hitler’s Hidden Underground Secrets Uncovered
When one thinks about what happened in WWII, just the thought of it seems like ancient history. While that may be...Aug 21, 2017
This Mother’s Kidnapped Son Was Finally Found — 21 Years Later
Maria Mancia never lost hope that she would once again see her son who had been kidnapped in 1995. For this...Aug 20, 2017
Stray Dog Shot Dozens of Times But Makes Unbelievable Recovery
Animals Lebanon volunteer Amal Andari and her friend were taking a drive when they noticed a poor stray dog walking aimlessly...Aug 7, 2017