The Big Little Things That We Should Protect The Most

The most vital, and easily damageable, parts of your body are often the smallest. Flinching is a natural, involuntary response your body is programmed to enact when it feels something vital is in danger. Protect your head, and the like.

Fortunately, we’ve advanced enough that all types of safety clothing and specialized safety workwear are being developed and improved to protect us from errant dangers. What are we protecting the most? As vital safety becomes habitual, it can fade into complacency. They may be small, but these parts of your body you’re protecting are as big as it gets.

Eyes

Sure, those reflective pants for work keep you seen, but it’s tough to do anything without being able to see. One of the most sensitive parts of your body, eye safety is incredibly important, yet susceptible to shortcuts. Every time it’s sunny outside, we go to our sunglasses, yet, on the worksite, sometimes it’s easy to think oh, I can do this one thing real quick. You know what we’re talking about. Those are the avoidable moments that make for tragic reflections. Wear those safety glasses and keep your peepers peeping.

Ears

This is a subtle one, definitely among the most neglected parts of physical safety. It’s not that loud is a relative opinion that your physical biology knows to be false. Permanent hearing loss can be caused by sounds louder than 85 decibels. We’ve worked with enough people — namely men — whose machismo in the face of noise is unhealthy. Protect your ears, so we don’t have to repeat this.

Head

Thought we were forgetting something. Everything mentioned before is attached to the one piece that makes it all function. If you’ve ever seen some of the horrifying close-call videos on YouTube, or have experienced close calls yourself, that a hard hat has saved, then you know the importance. Keep your dome secure and protected 100% of the time, because, without that, your eyes and ears won’t really matter.

Wearing reflective pants for work might keep you visible, but protecting the head-located essentials will keep you seeing, hearing, and alive. Don’t fall into a lazy rut born from habit. Use your head and help yourself keep your head.

3 Pillars Of Construction Site Safety

safety clothing companyThe construction site is one of the safest dangerous places one can be. Meaning that the hazards are definitely there, but the precautions taken to keep people out of harm’s way are also much higher than many other places. A safety clothing company deals with the personal aspect of this, but there is much more to be aware of.

The precepts of construction site safety have been carefully tailored over a long time. While young people ages 16 to 19 average four missed days of work per injury on average, and people over 65 sustain the fewest injuries, the hazards are still there, lurking around every corner. There are three pillars of safety that tackle the dangers of the construction site at the base level. Let’s take a look at them.

General site safety

A site itself is fraught with danger. Proper fencing off, signage, equipment storage, material disposal, etc. are all parts of having a safe site setting. When project managers focus solely on particular safety aspects, yet neglect to realize that poorly stored supplies or ill-disposed of scraps can be just as inadvertently harmful, they’ve not encompassed the whole picture.

Personal bodily safety

Once a site as a whole is managed safely, the focus should turn to the human beings on the site on a daily basis. Here is where high visibility workwear like orange safety vests, reflective work safety shirts, and all manner of safety uniforms come into play. Workers can wear all the safety clothing in the world, but without consistent training and safety brush-ups on-site awareness, they’re not quite as useful. Keep professional development relevant and regular.

Equipment hazards

Finally, the heavy and light machinery that populates any construction site requires training for safe usage. Only qualified, trained personnel should be working with such equipment. Don’t slack on operational hazards when site, and personal, safety is a risk factor.

Don’t stop with the safety clothing company, really analyze the site of your project and take every factor into account. Because of the differences between sites, there is no safety blueprint transferrable between all construction sites, but beginning with these three pillars will have you starting on the right foot.

Haphazard On The Homefront? Safety Precautions To Bring From Worksite To Home Project

orange safety vestWe’re probably going to sound like your grandfather right now, but danger never goes off-duty. Sure the worksite has danger lurking around every corner and it’s important to keep your head on a swivel, but what about those pesky home projects? Once you’ve taken off the orange safety vest from the site and head home, what then? More injuries happen when people are doing work outside of work than you think.

This happens most often because of a lapse in care that’s common with working within comfortable, familiar spaces over which you have a semblance of control. We’re here to tell you to be careful and to chronicle some of the most common home improvement/around-the-house related injuries that befall even the most careful.

Don’t lift the thing, Heracles

Probably the most common at home injury, overestimating your ability to lift the heavy thing and straining something. We understand that you need to get stuff done around the house, but you’ll be getting even less done if you try to overexert during a lift that’s too heavy and throw out your back. Let it wait until you have help and save yourself a literal backache.

Can you hear me now?

Wear earplugs. Period. The little accessories that are worksite mantras often fall to the wayside in the comfort of your own yard. Your eyes and ears are just as sensitive at home. Human beings shouldn’t be around 85 decibels of sound for more than 8 hours, so when you’re running your chainsaw at 120 decibels without ear protection, you do the math. Just because you’re home doesn’t mean everything is a little laxer. Especially when it’s the eyes and ears.

Good things come in twos

Piggybacking off the first point, working at home alone is always a hazard. Accidents happen without plan nor regard for your schedule. Having work buddies with you (or close by) will help alleviate the physical stress some jobs have on one person. Most importantly, having another person around in the case of an emergency is vital. Worksite accountability, home or not, is pivotal to safety.

We know that home projects aren’t all formalized with orange safety vests, high visibility workwear, and the traditional worksite wardrobe of safety clothing. When home projects come knocking and your regular safety workwear is off, take a moment and note the pieces of safety you might be leaving out before diving in.