When working on a construction site a variety of equipment, machinery and tools is often in use in all areas of the site. To maintain a clean record of employee safety and to work productively correct safety gear needs to be worn in designated areas. The following is a brief overview of some of the major protective gear which should be used whilst working on site.Helmets
The main centre for almost all of our body’s functions, our heads need protection from the various hazards around construction sites. Not only do employee’s need to be vigilant when using machinery but also when large volumes of materials are being manoeuvred around site (particularly if by crane).
Before starting work you should routinely check your helmet for any knocks, surface damage or extensive wear. If you look after your helmet and regularly carry out any maintenance as required it will protect you too. If your helmet is damaged from an impact or exposure to an electrical current you should immediately replace it in a safe area.
Your helmet should be strong enough to withstand impacts descending from large heights as well as any high pressure knocks from close range contact. It should also be able to withstand damage caused by contact with electrical charges.Gloves
With very few exceptions, everyone who works on a construction will be using their hands for the majority of their work. To avoid permanent injury you should always wear the appropriate gear during risky jobs.
If you are supplied with gloves on site make sure they fit properly. Ill fitting gloves will not only be uncomfortable while working but they could also be dangerous. Not only will your productivity be decreased when you are wearing the wrong gear but you will also have a much greater risk of causing injury due to tools or materials slipping from your grip.
If you need to wear protective gloves for your job on the construction site make sure they are the right kind for the work being carried out. If you are preparing or laying concrete thick rubber gloves should be worn. If you are working around electrical hazards you’ll need gloves with the correct level of insulation and likewise for welding.Safety Boots
Depending on the nature of the construction site you may also need protective gear for your feet. Your contractor or foreman should inform you before starting work of the full safety requirements.
Protective boots or shoes should be worn in all areas of the site as indicated. Depending on the mobility requirements of your role on site you may be able to wear safety shoes to allow increased ease of mobility.
Safety footwear should have grips to minimise slipping with resilient soles that can prevent sharp implements such as nails from injuring your feet. Steel toe capped footwear should also be worn around areas where there are risks from falling equipment and materials.