What protective equipment should be available at job sites?

| Dec 22, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

Construction sites contain plenty of potential hazards. When it comes to safety, workers must always take the proper precautions to prevent accidents from happening to themselves and others.

Site managers and supervisors must also ensure that proper safety practices are being followed at all times. Part of this entails making protective equipment and gear available to all workers. The following are a few items that should be readily available on construction sites, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

Hard hats

Hard hats must be kept in good condition to offer the optimum level of protection, which is why they should be inspected on a regular basis. They should also be replaced after receiving a strong blow or impact, in case their protection has been compromised. Hard hats protect workers from falling objects, but they also provide protection from electrical shocks caused by live wires.

Hand and foot protection

Gloves must be designed for the work being performed. For example, insulated gloves should be used for electrical work and rubber gloves should be worn when working with concrete. Gloves must also fit correctly, meaning snugly but not so tight as to restrict movement.

Hearing protection

Some construction equipment emits loud noises that can damage workers’ hearing. When such equipment is in use, workers should have earplugs or earmuffs available to preserve their hearing and prevent injury. Ear protection should also be replaced regularly to ensure they offer a consistent level of protection.

Safety glasses and face shields

Welding or cutting metal causes small shards to become airborne. If these particles make contact with the eyes, serious injuries may result. Safety glasses, goggles and face shields protect against most types of airborne particles. They can also protect workers from caustic chemicals, which can cause serious burns to the eyes and face.

Use of safety equipment greatly lowers the risk of a serious construction accident. When supervisors forego their responsibilities and fail to promote a culture of responsibility and safety, workers are usually the ones that suffer the consequences.