Employee accidents and injuries on construction and home-improvement work-sites are preventable in many cases. Be vigilant and demand proper gear according to the job requirement. Take time to inspect your safety apparel.
Safety Work Boots
Mandatory on jobs that use forklifts and other equipment to move heavy materials, a proper boot protects the wearer from foot injuries. A “fork-lift” toe is easily avoided. The extra cost you spend on proper toe and foot protection is worth it.
Filing a workman’s compensation form and being disabled for weeks or months is no fun. You’re sitting it out on the sidelines and your family is having fun. To sidestep this calamity, choose the right shoes:
- Slip Resistant Soles: Hard polished shoe soles have no place in the work environment. Insoles resistant to chemicals, oils, and gasses protect you from irritants. Gripping shoe-sole materials provide safety and accident-free sites.
- Metatarsal Protection: Your foot is shielded on the toe and the instep tip with this boot. Your foot colliding with the rolling wheels of a heavy load can avoid injury in this shoe.
- Electrical Barrier: If you are an electrician, this is the choice for you. It protects against damage from electrical currents.
- Flexible: Walking and working for hours mandates that your boot has the potential to bend and flex. Cushioning means the difference between pain and comfort.
Heavy duty head gear is imperative in any home improvement or construction project. Uncomfortable in humid situations, they are always positive solutions to head safety.
Cover your head with a hard hat that is inspected for cracks or weaknesses in manufacturing. Falling objects, unexpected blows or electrical malfunctions are shielded by hard hats.
Safety glasses are constructed of heavy-duty materials that protect the welder, machinist or a builder. A minor mistake in pounding a carpenter’s nail has the potential to impact and damage eyesight. The few minutes you take to buy protective glasses and wear them helps to insure your continuing good health.
Face Mask or Respirator
Inhaling dirt and dust particles into the lungs cause major damage to the internal respiratory system. Fiberglass particles are easy to avoid and require your critical attention. Proper face protection saves lives everyday. Demand special protection when working in these environments:
- Demolishing buildings: Dust and debris linger in the breathing space for a long time after a building is on the ground. Without a proper face mask, various damaging materials can be inhaled into the lungs, causing damage. It only takes a minute for you to snap a face mask into place to avoid serious respiratory concerns.
Be safe in the workplace and replace worn and damaged clothing. Show up alert, well-rested and focused. Preparedness is your responsibility.