Can a piece of work gear really save your life? It sounds peculiar, but we all know that work safety doesn’t just come down to our common knowledge or reading the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It’s the way we go around thinking, completing and dressing for the tasks we do.
Like our mothers say, you can never be too cautious. In order to follow that advice, we will look at the different ways you can stay safe using the right safety gear — wearing the right type of work shoes and high visibility clothing are both crucial.
It’s never too late to improve upon existing practices or take the time to re-evaluate the safety measures currently in place. Using the appropriate shoes and reflecting gear when working, especially out in the open, will make the working environment safer and could possibly save a life.
And what better time to talk about safety gear than National Safety Month? June is the time of year when we remind everyone in the construction, industrial and MRO industries why safety is and should be our top priority.
The first safety measure we will talk about today is wearing the right shoes. We all know it’s important that we feel comfortable in these working items, but they also need to be extremely safe. If you’re only focused on comfort when choosing your shoes, you might end up with a pair that wouldn’t prevent you from slipping or getting involved in other work-related incidents.
The shoes you choose need to be durable and help you get the tasks done whilst minimizing the risks. Such shoes include:
Timberland PRO 6-Inch Insulated Waterproof Steel Toe Boots #65016
We are all aware of Timberland, because they’ve recently become a huge fashion trend. However this is not why we have selected these shoes. The brand is well known as one of the top companies for boots, shoes, clothes and gear that are comfortable enough to wear all day and rugged enough for work all year round. Their products are extremely safe and long-lasting.
The company’s Timberland PRO 6-Inch Insulated Waterproof Steel Toe Boots #65016 are reminiscent of the original 6-Inch Timberland boot, but packed with even more features to ensure that you’ll be safe and comfortable on the job. The Timberland PRO 6-Inch Waterproof Insulated Steel Toe is a rugged boot that will keep you going, even during long shifts. This durable leather boot features 200 grams of insulation for warmth; an oil-resistant, non-marking rubber lug outsole for traction; and seam-sealed waterproof leather uppers.
High Visibility Clothing
We cannot stress enough the fact that being safe could come down to being visible, especially when working outside. That could easily prevent an incredible number of incidents. People working in the construction, industrial and MRO industries are aware of the health and safety rules of working in the open — in order to make the experience safer for everyone involved, hi-viz clothing is a must-have safety gear item. Not only are reflective shirts and vests extremely comfortable, but they can also save your life in a dangerous situation.
Caution Long Sleeve Hi Vis T-Shirt by Wolverine
The team at Wolverine have the desire to create good products for good people, whose own footprint can be found in approximately 200 countries and territories throughout the world. The brand is well-known for its high visibility work gear and comfortable apparel.
The company’s Caution Long Sleeve Hi Vis T-Shirt would be one of our top choices when it comes to high-viz safety work gear. Wolverine Tru Hi Vis collection provides Class 3, Level 3 ANSI/ISEA certified protection. The item features reflective tape atop a lightweight, breathable, bright-colored mesh base. The shirt is made from 100% Polyester and has an extended tail and rolled shoulders for additional comfort. The neck and shoulder taping and side slits, in addition to the tagless label, make this highly visible piece of clothing one of extreme comfort and safety.
In addition to the items above, why not add the following for even more safety?
Finger Fashions Hi Vis Neoprene Stretch Reflective Glove by GFP
The Finger Fashions Hi Vis Neoprene Stretch Reflective Gloves are well-structured with a Spandex contoured fit. They also have a 3M Scotchlite™ overlay on the palm and the back, providing high visibility all around. The company has added a highly breathable abrasion resistant face with Teflon water repellent for comfort.
More Safety Strategies…
For more ways to stay safe, you can also read our article “Safety First: Avoiding the “Fatal-Four” in Construction“. Which safety gear items would you implement in your wardrobe? You can share your tips on safety gear and your picks in the comment section below.