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They have different impact ratings I believe. You also need to make sure that the chin strap is always done up.  

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Simplistically, if works are taking place 'overhead' then no, as climbing helmets are principally rated for side impacts, but if nothing overhead, and you have the correct ear defender SNR if you're chipping...and as mentioned before the chin-strap is fastened so as not to present a snag hazard, then 'yes.'

 

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2 hours ago, AA Teccie (Paul) said:

Simplistically, if works are taking place 'overhead' then no, as climbing helmets are principally rated for side impacts, but if nothing overhead, and you have the correct ear defender SNR if you're chipping...and as mentioned before the chin-strap is fastened so as not to present a snag hazard, then 'yes.'

 

Paul

Climbing helmets are principally rated for top impacts too. UIAA certification, which applies only to climbing helmets, actually requires greater impact absorption for top impacts than the en 12492 or whatever it is. Side protection is a myth in most helmets imo.

I'm not sure how the ce certs for ground helmets Vs climbing helmets differ, but I'd guess it's mostly in the chin strap and adjustment? Ie how well it stays on your head.

If the climbing helmet can take ear defenders then it's probably safe I'd say.

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Depends which standards the helmet has been tested to. Forestry helmets are normally EN397 for overhead impacts, many of the industrial climbing style helmets have EN 397 and EN 12492 standards for overhead & side impacts.

From Satra website https://www.satra.com/ppe/EN12492.php "The test in EN 12492 is essentially the same as that specified in EN 397, where a 3kg conical striker is dropped onto the helmet from a height of 1 metre, and any contact between the helmet and headform (although in EN 12492 the headform is in the form of a standard test block) noted. Penetration tests on mountaineering helmets can be carried out on any point around the shell of the helmet however, unlike EN 397, where they are restricted to an area at the crown of the head."

Just remember that vented helmets are probably not rated for overhead molten metal or electrical hazards.

 

 

 

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does anyone have two helmets then? one for up and one for down, i would not of thought so.

id say side impact protection is a good idea on the ground too, not just climbing.

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7 minutes ago, carlos said:

does anyone have two helmets then? one for up and one for down, i would not of thought so.

id say side impact protection is a good idea on the ground too, not just climbing.

Me. Chipper ear defenders on both, but they work better on the ground helmet. It saved my last week several times from blackthorn and have branches crashing down in me while hedge clearing.

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