Construction workers need to wear all of the proper safety gear. Although this may seem like an obvious thing to do, many workers still don’t wear their safety equipment. This can lead to serious injuries. Plus, the quality of material matters, such as a hi-vis vest, to alleviate some of the pain of this industry’s workforce. To help ensure that doesn’t happen, this handy guide puts together all that construction workers need to wear while on the site.
A hard hat protects against falling objects but is not a panacea. It must be used with other safety equipment, such as goggles and gloves. Hard hats should be replaced if they’re damaged or show wear and tear.
Although it is not required by law in every state, steel-toe boots are the most common form of foot protection worn by construction workers. They cost more than standard boots but are also more durable and comfortable. Furthermore, they provide better support for your ankles and back, which can help prevent injury or discomfort when working on-site.
In addition to steel toes, many manufacturers offer other types of protective footwear, such as toe guards made from plastic or composite materials that cover only part of the shoe’s surface area rather than its entire sole (like leather) or full coverage (like rubber). These options may be better suited for climbing ladders or working around water because they’re easier to slip off during hot weather while providing adequate foot protection from debris being kicked up from machinery operated nearby.
Ear protection is enforced on most construction sites. The most common type of ear protection workers use is ear plugs, but some prefer ear muffs because they are more comfortable and easy to wear. Both types of ear protection can be worn when working in a noisy environment, such as while operating heavy machinery or blasting rock with explosives.
Gloves and hi-vis vest
Brightly coloured clothing is required for safety. This rule aims to ensure that other people can see you, especially in low-light conditions like twilight or early morning. Reflective markings are also required for your vest, shirt or jacket. The right pair of gloves will keep you safe while providing the necessary dexterity to do the job. Gloves protect your hands from injury, cuts, abrasions and other hazards, just as a hi-vis vest protects your torso. A good set of work gloves and vests can last up to two years if cared for properly:
- Wash with mild soap after each use;
- Don’t use bleach or fabric softeners;
- Rinse thoroughly;
- Hang dry overnight;
- Store in a cool, dry place between uses (do not keep in direct sunlight).
Respirators and masks
Workers wear these to protect against dust, fumes and other materials that may be hazardous to their health.
When choosing a mask or respirator, select one that is comfortable and easy to breathe through (i.e., no fogging). A tight seal is essential when wearing a mask/respirator. Check the packaging for sizing guidelines before purchasing it.
The more you know about what it takes to be a construction worker, the better you’ll understand your job. It’s not just about hard hats and steel-toe boots; it’s also about wearing bright colours so that other workers can see them quickly in an emergency. You should also know how important it is for these workers to have protective equipment so they don’t get hurt while doing their job. And these are the bare minimum essentials required for humane working conditions. But the industry is also quickly modernising, with new tech on the table that should automatically improve the working conditions.