The Top Four Noisiest Jobs Of 2018

Some people might complain about the person in the next cubicle over being a bit chatty, but nothing can compare to these noisy jobs. Some professions are so loud that having safety gear to protect your hearing is necessary to prevent serious long-term damage to the eardrums. Here are the four loudest professions to work in this year, and some of the best safety workwear for each to keep workers protected on the job.

      1. Carpentry
        While the volume can vary depending on if you’re working in close quarters or not, carpentry is without a doubt one of the loudest professions out there. Industrial saws can create noise of 70db or more, and nail guns can range between 110 and 130db. Because the loudest noises are usually over fairly quickly, earplugs should be able to help in this situation. Earplugs can lower volumes by 15 to 30db, if worn properly.
      2. Mining
        Being in close quarters with jackhammers and drills that can reach 120db is sure to cause a few headaches on the job for miners. Earplugs or earmuffs are helpful for this sort of work, but don’t forget to wear high visibility clothing too; if your coworkers can’t hear you, they should at least be able to see you.
      3. Construction
        Construction is already a dangerous line of work, with plenty of risks to health and safety beyond just hearing. However, hearing is still a major concern: between jackhammers, trucks, bulldozers, and other loud industrial equipment, ear protection is an absolute must. This, of course, is in addition to the standard required construction safety vests, hard hats, and other high visibility safety workwear.
      4. Airline Ground Crew Members
        Anyone working on the ground at an airport, next to jet engines that can reach volumes of 140db, definitely needs appropriate safety clothing. This includes anyone who might be exposed to that sort of volume: ground control, baggage handlers, maintenance personnel, and more. Be sure to wear the best ear protection you can find in this line of work.

Any of these noisy professions require appropriate gear to stay safe. Make sure you purchase the best safety workwear available, especially ear protection. Protecting yourself on the job is important, regardless of the type of work you’re doing.

Frustrating the Future: How Autonomous Vehicles are Vexed by Construction

The technological advances being developed in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Computer Vision, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the complicated cohort of computing are impressive. Things that were deemed impossible merely a few years ago are being surpassed and antiquated on a daily basis. Such is the nature of technological development.

Still, automated technologies are designed by human engineers and, while capable of performing analytic tasks impossible for human beings, they’re still serving functions designed for humans, by humans.

Among these functions, the race for the first fleet of fully autonomous vehicles has technology and automotive companies either joining forces or competing for the coveted claim for first place. Regardless of who are allies or enemies, they’re all up against the same issues of addressing physical challenges with advanced technologies. In short, getting from point A to point B through an intricate network of sensors and programming. Most importantly, doing it safely.

Autonomous vehicle programs haven’t been without hindrances to their progress, the most prominent of which was Uber’s self-driving car killing a woman in Arizona earlier this year. They pulled their autonomous test vehicles off the roads in several states while the investigation went on to conclude the human safety operator was watching television on his phone. While tragic, this highlights the importance and need of vigilant human safety operators.

What we hear less about is how successful most autonomous vehicle programs are doing, racking up millions of miles and hours on the roads, free from human intervention. The progress is there, but there’s one consistent difficulty that plagues human and AI drivers alike: construction.

Now, construction may throw a wrench in the speed of your commute, and where AI beats human drivers is the inability to be angered by minor inconveniences. However, where human drivers are beating AI is in navigating the variability of construction zones. Autonomous vehicles have a difficult time with construction zones because even the most advanced algorithms can’t predict the intricacies of human variance and don’t know how to respond.

There are numerous ways road construction impedes autonomous cars and the variables range from human beings to physical roadscapes to technology to industries progressing at different rates. So, buckle up and don’t forget to read the signs.

Human beings stump systems

“Ok, Google, show me dresses from Free People.”
“Sorry, I couldn’t find any dressing for fee purple.”

How many times has something like this happened to you? We’ve all been frustrated by any number of voice assistants not understanding what exactly we want. Perhaps it’s rare, perhaps it happens all the time, but it presents a fundamental technological lesson. Human beings stump systems, no matter how advanced they may be.

Now, these systems are progressively getting smarter, but there’s still a long way to go. The application is that while your mobile assistant might not understand when you ask for a certain song, they’ll go silent and you can do it manually. When an autonomous vehicle doesn’t understand what’s in front of it at, say, 45 MPH, the risk is exponentially higher.

In construction zones, the chaos of human movement in an already disrupted roadway seriously hinders AI in autonomous vehicles.


When it’s a construction worker directing traffic, the non-verbal cues recognized from human to human aren’t understood by computer vision. Reflect back on these technologies being programmed by humans to understand human environment. Meanwhile, human beings often fail to understand some of our own idiosyncrasies. Translating them to AI becomes a challenge that we’re not sure can be solved.

Autonomous vehicles are programmed to understand roads in ideal driving conditions. Throw in massive construction vehicles, a variety of different signage, traffic cones, merging lanes, and the general disruption of order and the problem is clear. Artificial intelligence isn’t equipped to adequately deal with chaos.

Road traffic is an example often used to demonstrate the concept of chaos theory. A very basic definition of chaos theory is that in sensitive systems, very small changes can change the course of the entire system. Applied to traffic, one random bad lane switch can trigger an accident that closes several lanes of a highway. Could that have been predicted? Potentially, but not well enough to be certain. Add the randomness of human action and put it on the road with autonomous vehicles. Even with the most powerful predictive analytics, artificial intelligence can’t predict every small change and how it will affect a whole system. Change the system’s physicality with a construction zone and you’re asking AI to do more than it can (as of yet).

Industries with differential progress

Roy Amara’s law aptly describes human expectations of technological progress:

“We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.”

We’re living in the short run, giddy over the seemingly unending possibility and promise of autonomous vehicles ruling the roads. While technology firms are clawing at solutions and racing one another, they’re barely considering the impact beyond the technical achievement and the first place ribbon once they successfully iterate.

This is one of the important points that makes the construction industry and autonomous cars not play so nicely together. The two industries are progressing at wildly different rates. While construction is slower to change, technology companies are thinking about moonshot ideas without considering if they’re compatible with the real world they’ll operate in.

A major component of this is that road work isn’t always the most well-planned. Of course, it has plans that need be followed, but the nature of roadways and the work involved has to allow for variability. In the line of building physical infrastructure, things change and human workers adapt to those changing needs. Artificial intelligence in autonomous vehicles is programmed schematically to understand fairly ideal road conditions with minimal variance.

“There are times when we don’t know what the site will look like until we show up in the morning. Or we’ll finish one section, then move things around to work on another area,” says Kevin Curtis, a New Jersey construction worker.

Not being able to assess and synthesize the variable human elements ubiquitous in roadside construction puts the lives and safety of those construction workers at risk. They’re already at risk enough with human drivers. While risk is high with human drivers, it only increases with self-driving vehicles.

Another problematic aspect defined by differing technological progress is access to and sharing of data. The Depart of Transportation is broken down into pieces by state, county, and even smaller, making systematic monitoring of construction unreliable at best.

“No national database tracks the location of ongoing construction zones, forcing computers to rely on information posted by a wide assortment of state and local agencies — which may or may not be keeping real-time updates of their progress.”

Autonomous vehicles rely on consuming all of the data they have access to. Where, say, construction companies could be held to data storage standards across the nation, allowing autonomous vehicles to access and analyze construction data, making AI better able to learn from the information provided. However, this doesn’t exist, leaving autonomous vehicles to fend for themselves or depend on human operators. Either way this compounds potential safety risks.

For autonomous vehicles and every aspect of roadway travel to mesh harmoniously, they need to start looking into collaborative safety standards. Where the two industries are operating apart from one another, they share a very real space with each other. You’d think that with some 10 million autonomous vehicles being on the road by 2020, that the Department of Transportation, various players in the construction industry, and autonomous vehicle developers might team up to build the future of travel together. Unfortunately, it’s been rather slow on the uptake.

Are there solutions?

Now that we’ve explored the tip of the safety conundrum iceberg for autonomous vehicles and roadside construction, where are we headed next? One thing is certain, construction will always be there and autonomous vehicles will become more and more prevalent moving forward. What solutions might create a more symbiotic relationship between the two?

We already mentioned that industry collaboration and data sharing is the foundation of this. The how is a bit more tricky. Yes, AI might not be able to read every variance of human beings, but it’s still really smart.

Michigan will install 17 miles of the first smart highway in the United States. Utilizing IoT, there will be electronics along the highway, signs and other pieces of hardware, that can electronically communicate with vehicles. Using dedicated short-range communication (DSRC), a technology that will be required in all vehicles by 2020, the road, signage, and other cars will be able to interact with one another.

“As vehicles become increasingly connected, the infrastructure must also be updated, not only for safety, but for reliability with this new technology,” said a Michigan Department of Transportation representative.

In the form of signs that can still be read by human drivers, signage will include the equivalent of QR codes for cars to read as well. With the advent of these technologies, they can be applied to roadside construction. Imagine handheld signs, cones, other construction vehicles, and even human wearables that can communicate with autonomous vehicles. The Internet of Things brings a multitude of possibilities in the future of connectivity, and the safety implications can be substantially positive.

Still, this is only an experiment with 17 miles of Michigan highway. We’re a long way off from having a nationwide network of smart highways, let alone autonomous vehicles on all of them. As it stands right now, the simplest solution for autonomous cars might be avoiding construction zones altogether. As if a detour is detected on the GPS, when construction zones are ahead, self-driving cars treat them as detours and simply find another way. It’s a bandaid on an issue that will require a more elegant solution sooner rather than later, but still a viable option.

As the race continues, the infinite variability of human-machine interaction will only expand, but the solutions will expand with it.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves

“With autonomy, the edge cases kill you, so you’ve got to build out for all the edge cases. Which makes it a very, very difficult problem,” Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said.

Roadside construction is an edge case in the realm of autonomous vehicles. Concern for human safety is always the pinnacle of development and progress, but trying to address the variably infinite edge cases human beings imbue is the essence of chaos theory.

Still, the work continues and as humans and machines share more spaces, infrastructure will have to follow suit. The paradoxical ability for human beings to adapt and evolve yet be so apprehensive of change is the embodiment of slowed progress.

Autonomous technologies, among millions of others, aren’t going away; they’re only getting better and more common. Human beings aren’t going anywhere either. In fact, we’re the ones developing this technology, so shouldn’t our own physical safety be at the core of development? It’s Amara’s law in action again. We’re seeing the technological short term versus the long term. By taking pause in the developmental pace of technologies in one sector, we stand to lay firmer foundations for long term progress when sectors develop collaboratively. In this case, autonomous vehicles, roadway construction authorities, and governing bodies shouldn’t be developing independently of one another. Because they’ll never be operating independently of one another.

Infrastructural and technological symbiosis will only stand firmly on this concept. Where does the safety of the construction worker lie? Learning and developing with the very machines that would cause danger. Where does advanced AI begin to better evaluate human safety edge cases? With the construction groups that would present autonomous vehicles with those edge cases.

Invariably, the learning and development processes of these two interconnected facets of humanity and technology must be done together. Otherwise, what’s the point?

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.

Hands Up! Keeping Your Hands Safe From Harm Is More Work Than You Think

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In the safety world, we hear a lot of scary statistics like the 4,836 workers killed on the job in 2015. From there, the focus of safety discussions largely keys in on bigger issues in preventing workplace fatalities and other serious, non-fatal injuries.

In the ever-so-stylish wardrobe of safety workwear, we talk of helmets, ear protection, and high visibility reflective pants, jackets, fluorescent vests, and other accessories. It turns out we don’t talk much about a tool we use more than any: our hands. Your reflective pants and orange safety vest aren’t doing much to protect your hands, so let’s look into some hand hazards that’ll give you ample reason to glove up and take care of your digits.

The usual suspects
Cuts, bruises, nicks, scratches, scrapes, and any number of the little pains your hands bear on a daily basis. What these seemingly minor bumps cause is steadily weakened hands, which, over time, will begin to lose the power they once had. Untreated, these minor mishaps can develop into serious injuries and infections that can be altogether avoided by proper hand protection.

Burns
An offshoot of the usual suspects, burns have to be treated with a special level of respect. Thermal, electrical, and chemical burns have devastating power and often cause permanent damage. Both superficial harm and internal nerve damage from burns isn’t something to risk when your gloves can withstand the brunt of a burn.

Repetitive strain
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are a fact of many jobs. Jobs with both high and low physical intensity are prone to repetitive strain. People in offices develop carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritic wrists/fingers from excessive typing. People using their hands, say, chainsawing develop arm and hand injuries from constant vibration and grip. Hands are some of the most commonly afflicted body parts in RSIs. It’s important that if you’re part of a job that does repetitive motions to take breaks to stretch and relieve that strain.

Keep your whole body safe while working and future you will thank present you. Your hands are used for so many things that they can often go under the radar when it comes to consistent care and safety. Don’t neglect them and it’ll be one of the best body choices you’ll make, hands down.

How to Choose the Right Uniform for Your New Company

construction safety vestYou’ve started a new company and it’s time to hire employees. Depending on your business, there are many factors that go into choosing the correct type of uniform for your new employees. When deciding on what to get, consider these factors when making your final decision.

Function
This is the primary factor in choosing your employee’s work attire. Nothing matters quite as much as this one. If your company involves construction, it’s unlikely you’ll want to put your employees in a skirt. What does your business seek to accomplish? What are the tasks you will be doing each day? And how does the clothing allow your employees to accomplish this task? For employees that need to do a lot of running around and leaning over, like food service and construction, stain-resistant pants and shirts are a necessity. If you work outside, your employees might need high visibility pants and jackets to be seen at night. Think about how your employees move and what is needed to keep them safe.

The branding
Ask yourself this: what kind of message are you trying to convey with your uniform? If you work in a restaurant you may opt for light, cotton safety shirts with a prominent logo so your employees are identifiable to your customers. If you’re hiring employees to work in an office space where they rarely interact with customers or business partners, allowing more casual attire may be an option. Consider the placement of your brand’s logo on your employees’ work attire. If your employees work outside, displaying a logo on a custom reflective jacket is a great way to catch the eye of your consumer.

Safety is a must
If you’re working in a dangerous environment, the proper safety precautions must be enforced. A new employee is three times more likely to hurt themselves within the first month than older employees.

These types of jobs might include construction workers, traffic enforcers, police officers — these careers all require the use of a bright construction safety vest, often seen in the form of a construction safety vest. Though your new job may not require construction, it’s a good idea to purchase a construction safety vest for each of your employees if you ever work outside or at night.

Durability
To avoid replacing your work attire often, it’s important to make sure you get a comfortable, yet durable fabric. You want it to wash easily, but look good. Depending on the type of business you’re running, polyester may be a better option than cotton if the job gets dirty. Luckily, safety clothing comes in a variety of colors and fabrics to protect your employees.

Choosing the right work attire for your employees is never an easy task. Consider these factors when you choose your employees’ new uniform.

Good Boots 101: Protecting Your Feet the Right Way

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There are vast categories of types of safety clothes. It’s not our place to downplay the importance of any particular type of safety workwear, yet there is a particular emphasis to be put upon proper footwear. One of the most important parts of your safety uniform starts with your feet.

We spend a lot of time on our feet on a daily basis and elements of the more rough-and-tumble jobs we’re a part of demand footwear that’s up to the challenge. Usually, we cover the importance of safety clothing for the whole body, but today we’re going to look at the importance of solid footwear. That’s right, your work boots.

Most people take an average of 10,000 steps every day, while construction workers take upwards of 30,000. You’re on your feet a lot, not to mention the other hazards of the job site. When you’re choosing boots, remember these important considerations.

Usage
Different safety clothes for different jobs. It seems self-explanatory, but the number of workers who buy boots for the wrong job is astounding. The boot for a mechanic will be different from the boot for a forest ranger. Consider the elements of the job you’re doing day-to-day, do some research, and look into footwear accordingly. There might be crossover in some places, but all footwear and jobs are not interchangeable.

Fit, Fit, Fit
You’ve found the perfect pair of boots, great. Now you have to consider the fact that you might be taking upwards of 30,000 steps per day, walking around and doing work on your feet for long spans of time. You could have the most perfect boot for the job, but if it fits poorly you’ll be generally uncomfortable and could end up injuring yourself. Test them out before committing.

Quality Before Coupons
Because you’ll be spending so much time in your work footwear, buying quality products is much more preferable than saving a few bucks. You’re not necessarily investing in fashion so much as protection, usability, and durable functionality. Like with all safety clothes, you’re not walking the runway, you’re keeping your body comfortable and out of harm’s way from the ground up. That’s worth a lot more than the savings you’ll get from a sale.

Your feet are your foundation. Really invest and pay attention to how you protect them on the worksite. The last thing that you need is a stubbed toe that could’ve been avoided by better boots. Now, lace up and get to work.

3 Tips for Staying Safe When Working on the Roadside

workwearWorking on the roadside can be an extremely dangerous job. Between operating heavy machinery, an unsafe work environment, and every regular Joe driving by too fast in their massive SUV, it’s a recipe for injury.

Unfortunately, that’s the name of the game. It’s a dangerous job and you have to live with those risks, right? Not exactly. Yes, roadside work is inherently dangerous, but as a worker you can take steps to reduce those hazards. Here are a few tips for staying safe on the job.

Familiarize Yourself With the Jobsite Safety Plan
Your supervisor will have a jobsite safety plan as well as a plan for traffic control through the work zone. Both plans will outline proper procedures regarding where pedestrians are and aren’t allowed to be, where certain barriers will need to be placed, the flow of traffic, lighting, and more. It would benefit you to read through these plans carefully before starting any work so that you are completely familiar with how things should work, and thus keep safety at the forefront of your mind.

Be Seen
Never assume that someone sees you. You could be one of those tall inflatable things with the crazy waving arms that dealerships use, and still, somebody might not see you. So it’s in your best interest to take every precaution you can to make yourself as easily seen as possible. That means your workwear needs to be high visibility. Reflective safety vests, hi vis jackets, high visibility pants, and even hi vis rain gear should all be articles in your workwear closet. Besides wearing high visibility clothing, you should also know the blind spots of the heavy machinery that are in use within the work zone, and never be in an area that you really don’t need to be in — especially if there are known hazards. If you need to walk by a piece of equipment that is in use, be sure that you make eye contact with the operator to know that they see you. Never stand behind heavy machinery, vehicles, or other pieces of equipment.

Don’t Forget About the Night
Your risk of injury skyrockets as soon as the sun sets and the moon rises. The glare from the headlights combined with the overall darkness will create a low-visibility situation for drivers. That means a high-danger situation for you. During night shifts, you should be more attentive than ever, and wear as much high visibility workwear as possible. Follow safety measures to the letter, and ensure that your work zone is well lit.

The dangers of roadside work are numerous and aren’t limited to the hazards of oncoming traffic. The loud machinery can be dangerous to ear health, and permanent hearing loss can occur after exposure to sounds louder than 85 decibels. There might be asbestos in some of the older materials, then there’s the hot tar for paving the roads, falling objects, and much more. It’s imperative to be vigilant and safe in your roadside work zone.

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4 Commonly Neglected Pieces of Safety Workwear

safety yellow sweatshirtsIt’s time we had a fireside chat about something we all know we shouldn’t do but do anyway. About $70 is spent on every employee on foot protection every year. We love a good work boot and never go to a job site without them. Why, then, are there other pieces of vital safety workwear that we start using less and less?

It’s good to be comfortable with your job. We exist in an industry that — thankfully — is becoming safer and safer. This is because of little details like safety yellow sweatshirts, hi visibility clothing, and the like. When we get too comfortable and start neglecting to wear these things, that’s when unnecessary risk increases exponentially. Let’s look at the most commonly shelved types of safety clothing.

Eye protection
Safety glasses are getting better, but they’re still a hassle to wear at times. They’re also one of the smallest wearables that protect one of your most important (and delicate) physical assets. When you’re sweating and fogging up your goggles, think twice before tossing them to the wayside. Inconvenienced vision is a much more manageable alternative to eye damage.

Ear protection
Another subtle, yet delicate part of the anatomy that wears down over time is your hearing. Especially working daily around loud machinery, that constant beating your eardrums take without ear protection is more harmful than you might think. Ya heard?

Gloves
It seems like a no-brainer, but if you work with your hands and severely injure your hands, you might not be working for a little while. You protect your feet all day long in boots, so protect your hands all day long in gloves. It’s no manicure but you’ll keep yourself from nagging, obnoxious minor injuries you’d sustain without gloves.

Visibility gear
Arguably the easiest to forget is high visibility workwear. We’re often working in wild weather conditions and it’s easy to opt for t-shirts over safety yellow sweatshirts when the temperature is stifling. Operational hazards increase when you aren’t as easily seen. Be visible regardless of the weather.

There’s a theme of comfort shining through here. It’s good to be comfortable doing a job, but you’re never above the possibility of danger. Especially in these aspects. Accidental injury is easily avoided by protecting yourself from harmful forces (like gravity, noise, errant shrapnel, etc.) that aren’t in your control. Work smart, work hard, stay protected.