Cowboy Hard Hat Protects From Sun, Rain, and Falling Tools

Apparently the 11th time is the charm if you’re a Bakersfield machine-tool rep with a vision to create a cowboy hard hat. That’s how many times it took inventor Bret Atkins to develop a design that would meet ANSI standards and win the all-important approval of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Cowboy Style Hard Hat Meets OSHA and ANSI Standards

Tired of getting grease or dirt on his snow white Stetson each time he entered a hard hat-required site for work, Atkins began working in his garage on a fiberglass hard hat model with some country flare. After 10 tries and nearly $80,000 worth of ANSI testing fees, the backyard inventor got it just right. But limited production ability meant he was only churning out about 15 a day.

That was until Katie Couric happened to see a friend of Atkins’ wife wearing a Western Outlaw when the Today Show host came to chat with a crowd outside the NBC studios in New York. And while that must have been quite a New York fashion statement by the family friend, it lead to Katie wearing the hard hat during a show and announcing to the nationwide audience “It’s an OSHA-approved Western hard hat.”

Orders began to stream in, including one from an Australian distributor who ordered 10,000 because the Australian Cancer Society liked the broad, sun-shielding brim. Atkins found a manufacturer, ramped up production, and today the Western Outlaw is sold by distributors, including us, around the world.

The OccuNomix Vulcan model that we sell protects from sun and rain, reduces exposure to electrical conductors, and cuts a very dashing figure on the job site. Since it was developed in Bakersfield, it shares roots with country legends like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. And we have to believe if Merle was ever on a hard hat-required jobsite, he’d prefer to wear a Western Outlaw any day of the week.

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10 comments on “Cowboy Hard Hat Protects From Sun, Rain, and Falling Tools
  1. Andy says:

    Who is the Australian distributer?????

  2. chalermpong Kosayodom says:

    I would like to buy hard hat cowboy style. / green Color . It’s safety helmet or not? and How much?
    Chalermpong Kosayodom

  3. mick dennis says:

    we where interested in your cowboy style hard hats but dont see how you can possibly justify the postage to Australia $368.00 to send 3 hats to Australia is just unbelievable. I have just shipped an amplifier that weighed 15kg from there and including the special case it had to go in it only cost $100.00 so i think that you need to look at your mailing costs.

  4. Dawn Page says:

    Does the Cowboy Hard Hats comply to Australian Standards please?

    • Administrator says:

      Hi. Thanks for writing. Sorry, I wasn’t able to find any information regarding the Occunomix Cowboy Hat meeting Australian standards. They do meet the US OSHA Standards. Unfortunately I don’t know if our safety standards overlap in this area.

      Best regards,

      Justin
      PK Safety Supply

  5. Alex Martinez says:

    Did you have any dealer in mexico. Tanks

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