Helmets protect workers’ heads and are an essential part of a miners work equipment. But the hardhats also had another more subtle function next to providing safety: Every mining company had its own colour system for indicating their workers’ position. White helmets for example were ony worn by supervisors. This is a helmet formerly worn by supervisors in the Oranje-Nassau Mines.
Different colours indicated different roles within the company:
Yellow helmet: Coal miner
Red helmet: Techinician
Blue helmet: Electrician
White helmet: Supervisor
Location: Nederlands Mijnmuseum in Heerlen
Created by: Theresa, Geulen