We’re all seen those old hysterically funny cartoons with Mr. Magoo or a blind Looney Toon character walking around a construction site, just barely walking off within an inch of their life. Or perhaps you’re more familiar with that classic photo of the guys eating their lunch on a length of steel over the city of New York.
Although a lot of advances were made in the commercial construction management industry, one can be sure it can be a hazordous profession. In 1949, Phineaous Gage was impaled through the chin by a train spike that exited the top of his head. Surprisingly, he lived, but his behaviour suddenly changed. Whatever part of the brain it hit changed his emotions, often making him irrational and rude. So there are long-term side effects to just being in the area.
Thankfullly, it’s not 1848, and we have ways to be safer now. Here are just a few handy construction safety equipment you might want to keep with you if you’re on the job.
1. Fall Protection
All construction workers should have fall protection of some kind. The landyard or the lifeline must be short enough to ensure a safe-free environment.This means taking into account the length or rope for everyone you employ. No one wants to fall from a tower developed by Donald Trump. Not only will you get stiffed in pay, you may wind up a stiff. Employers are now required to put in safety features such as guardrails to ensure employee safety.
2. Subpart L
Sure, this piece of construction safety equipment sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but Subpart L is a law and it is is incredibly significant. Around 65 percent of construction workers do their job on scaffolds. This exposes them to falls, electrocution and just stuff falling on their heads.
Naturally, hard hats help, but it isn’t enough. If you’re on a ladder, one can not exceed a certain weight lest the fall or break the ladder. Subpart L ensures that employers must ensure all sites are designed, erected and disassembled by a fully competent person. So even the most foolhardy employee can work in safety, it will be inspected before you even set foot on the latter.
3. Safety Vests
When on a construction site, it’s first important that other workers recognize you as a fellow employee. Many jobs take place at night, so dark clothing isn’t ideal. That’s why the bright yellow vests fitted with reflectors are so important.
The vests usually come in the standard, classic design you often see while driving through roadwork, but they are also available in custom designs. It’s ideal that every article of clothing is perfectly visible from a great distance, hence the bright orange pants and yellow or orange gloves.
4. Work Boots
The kind of work boot a construction worker wears will vary depending on the job. For those working on great height, steel cleets are necessary. Mostly, it’s best that every job provides some kind of steel-toed heel to avoid damage caused by falling objects.
5. Hard Hats
When one thinks of a construction worker, the hard hat is the most frequent construction safety equipment that comes to mind. Shows and films like Bob The Builder and any given disaster movie always features someone wearing the accessory, and for good reason. Every construction job requires an OSHA-approved hard hat.
Not only should they provide protection from falling debris, they should offer a maximum amount of comfort. One such hard hat, perhaps the best-selling on the market, is the 2017 Superbowl hat, designed for protection and 4-point-one-touch Suspension.
6. Back Support Gears
Like any job that often requires heavy lifting, back injuries are one of the most common hazards on a construction site. The Allegro All Back Support is a one-size fits all gear, so any worker can work in safety and comfort. These are high-performance belts that use neoprene pads that ensure full spectrum, comfortable movement and protection.
7. Safety Respirators
Often, construction workers are directly exposed to deadly gasses, particles and vapors. To protect an employee from everything from asbestos to something more directly poisonous, the 3M 5000 is a half-face mask that installs the finest in air conditioning and heating. What’s more, they’re easy to set up in case of an emergency spill.
In short, most construction wear serves a single purpose: keeping the worker safe. In 2015, OSHA reported that one in five worker deaths in the U.S. was due to a construction accident. The most common come from falls, electrocution, being struck by an object or caught in between structures. Supplying your workers with proper safety equipment will not only help prevent accidents, but it will avoid expensive ensuing lawsuits from families and surviving victims.