A hard hat is a great item of personal safety work wear, designed to protect the head from falling objects and potential serious injury or worse. Similar to safety goggles, they're a common sight in and around the construction industry and offer a high level of protection from dangers that may be unforeseen.
There are a variety of makes and models, not to mention colors. Black, white, camouflage - they're even available in pink. You can also purchase them for children, and in a myriad of materials - though the more common material now used is high density polyethylene.
More often than not, they're a standard style - high, peaked front with a space between the hat's inner suspension and the top of the head. This acts as a shock absorber in the event that something impacts against the hat. The five best hard hats are featured below.