PPE for Construction Workers

PPE for Construction Workers

PPE for Construction Workers

Did you know that in 2020/2021 construction was the main industry for fatal accidents? In fact, the industry construction is one of the most dangerous with hazards ranging from falls to electrocutions, machinery accidents, struck-by accidents, gas leaks, fires, and exposure to dangerous chemicals and substances. All these hazards can result in serious injuries, therefore it is extremely important to be aware of what is the right PPE for construction workers. Let’s now go through the PPE together from head to toe!

Body protection

Every construction employee should always wear suitable protective clothing to protect the body from impact, electricity and other hazards related to extreme weather conditions. Garments can range from jackets, trousers, vests, and full body coveralls. Wearing Hi-Vis clothing is always recommended when working in construction to always be visible, especially when performing site inspections or when working in high traffic areas. As we know, Hi-vis regulations have introduced a three-class system for hi-vis clothing, so it is important to choose the right level of visibility. Depending on the working conditions and tasks, garments should also provide fire resistance properties.

Hand protections

Construction workers often handle rough, sharp, toxic objects as well as radioactive and electric materials, which is why protective gloves are an essential part of construction PPE. Depending on the specific hazard – e.g., cuts, abrasion, impact, electrical current and extreme temperatures – the right equipment can range from gloves, gloves with a cuff, gauntlets, mittens, or sleeves.

Foot protection

When talking about PPE for construction workers, safety footwear constitutes one of the most important aspects. Due to the nature of the hazards, protective toe caps (steel or composite) and steel sole are highly recommended to protect the wearer from falling objects, crushes and punctures. However, depending on the worksite, the right protective footwear might require other specific properties, such as non-conductive, slip-resistant soles and insulation against extreme temperature.

Head protection

Due to falling debris in construction, there is a high need for head protection equipment. Safety helmets or hard hats must be worn at all times when workers enter the jobsite. This type of equipment not only protects the wearer from impacts, but also from electrical shocks and burns. In order to be effective, they must be inspected before use to make sure they are not damaged, be the correct size to fit properly and be worn correctly.

PPE for Construction Workers
Arrow Safety Helmet
PPE for Construction Workers
Portwest Compositelite Protector Safety Boot

Eye protection

Another essential part of PPE for construction workers is safety eyewear as individuals are exposed to particles, debris, dust, chemical hazards and harmful light radiation. Safety eyewear can range from goggles to face shields, depending on the level of protection required. However, it is vital that they fit comfortably and do not obstruct vision.

Ear protection

In construction, noise levels can exceed OSHA limits. In such cases, it is mandatory to wear hearing protection. As we have seen in our previous article, the workplace must be properly assessed in order to identify what type of hearing protection is required.

Respiratory protection

After conducting a risk assessment, employers can identify if the jobsite is potentially oxygen-deficient or if workers are exposed to excessive levels of dangerous dusts, vapours, and mists. Depending on the type of hazards and the level of protection required, employers have to provide their workers with the right type of respirator or breathing apparatus.

Fall protection

Finally, when working at elevated levels, it is mandatory to wear safety harness or belts. These types of equipment not only prevent the risk for accidental falls, but they also facilitate rescue by pulling, lifting, or lowering. When selecting the right equipment, employers must consider the maximum descent height and load required and a sufficient number of anchor points, ropes, and lanyards.

Now that you know everything about PPE for construction workers, browse our website or contact us to find the best Protective Equipment for your needs!

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