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Highway Workers Safety Gear

If your job is as a highway worker then you are particularly vulnerable when it comes to safety at work. Not using the correct equipment, wearing the wrong gear or failing to observe safety rules could cost you or your colleagues dearly. As a highway worker you will be exposed to all sorts of adverse weather conditions and you may also be expected to work at night or when visibility is poor. This is why it is absolutely vital that you wear the correct safety gear, and in this article we will tell you exactly what you need. Don't cut corners when it comes to safety at work - the risks just aren't worth it. Read on to find out more:

Industrial Safety Clothing

The first thing that you need is the correct industrial safety clothing. This should cover the majority of your body and it should be made from a durable material. It should also be fully visible in all weathers and the best way to make sure that you can be seen come rain or shine is to only choose high-viz material that is fully reflective. You should also have access to protective clothing should you be required to handle a chemical spill or anything else that could potentially be hazardous. This should also be fire and flame retardant so that you are protected as much as possible.

Extra Protection

On top of your safety clothing you should also ensure that you always wear a protective helmet. The specification of this will depend on the job that you are doing and some jobs require you to wear a visor that is attached to the helmet in order to protect your eyes. Hard hats should be worn as a matter of course and you may well get thrown off site if you do not observe this rule. You never know when something could fly or fall your way and it is simply not worth ignoring the rules with regards to helmets. You can get all sorts of accessories for your hard hat including ear plugs, ear muffs, goggles and face shields.

Safety Harnesses

If your work involves scaling bridges or other large structures then you will need to be adequately protected from the risk of falls. This means that you must be attached to a safety harness which has been suitably safety-checked so that you have added protection should you lose your footing. Different jobs will require different safety equipment so always make sure that every single job is risk assessed beforehand, and also make sure that you follow the safety guidelines to the letter.

Work zone safety is important in every line of work, but never more so than when you are working on the highways. Always make sure that you observe every single safety rule, and always be on the lookout for risks and other hazards which may put your and your colleagues in danger. Your employer should make sure that your health and safety training is up to date as part of their legal obligations to you and your safety.

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Alexandr Grigorev


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