Top Safety Wear in Construction
The construction industry, as Mteevan know all too well, can be a health and safety nightmare. Almost every conceivable hazard exists within this constantly changing work environment. However, the hazards of construction sites are well-known and most responsible employers are aware of their duty to care for their employees, visitors and others that may be affected by their activities. Construction sites are not forgiving places and the sheer volume of potential hazards mean that it is imperative for workers to wear the appropriate safety gear.
So, what safety gear is recommended when you work in construction? Check out our list of mandatory construction items.
Head Protection (Hard hats)
The most important safety item when working in construction is a hard hat. Hard hats are an essential form of head protection that will help you avoid risks associated with collapsing structures, falling objects and dropped tools. They will also reduce the risks of workers or visitors accidentally hitting their heads on items such as exposed timbers and low scaffolding.
Hard hats are specially designed with a gap between the helmet and the head of the person wearing it, absorbing the shock of impact in the event of an accident, reducing the likelihood of injury.
Reflective safety vests are essential when working on construction sites because they alert others around you to your presence, when you may otherwise not have been seen. They are especially compulsory when you are working during the night so that you can be seen by pedestrians and passing cars. Be safe and be seen!
It is easy to forget that our feet also need protecting when we are working in construction. When you are not wearing the correct safety shoes, your feet are in serious jeopardy of being injured. Here at Mteevan, we would highly recommend that you wear steel-capped boots. Boots with steel toe caps are vital when it comes to protecting your feet from heavy objects falling to the ground. Safety boots can also be fitted with impact protection and fitted ankle collars to give your feet additional support. To ensure that you have the safest footwear possible, we would suggest adding anti-slip soles to the list.
Protective gloves can help to maximise safety. When working in construction, workers are required to use their hands a lot, involving a level of potential risk. Always ensure that your hands are completely covered with specialist gloves to avoid any injury from harmful substances and other hazards.
Hearing protection is always required when working in construction as you may be exposed to excessive noise levels that could damage your ears. Often, there is very little that can be done about excessive noise in construction environments as it is necessary for the work being carried out. However, workers wearing hearing protectors massively reduce the amount of noise reaching their ears, protecting them from damage.
Face protection, such as visors or protective goggles, is essential for construction workers facing hazards in their role such as chemical splashes and flying objects.
Exposure to dangerous chemicals and flying objects on a construction site can pose a serious risk to your eyesight. Please take caution and protect your face from potential hazards in your working environment.
So, there you have it! The essential protective wear for construction workers. We hope you have found this article helpful. Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions, we would be more than happy to help!