Dressing for Safety Is Especially Important in Construction Careers

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Getting dressed for work has never been so important.
As you slip into one of your safety yellow sweatshirts, safety work pants, and other safety workwear you know that these first days on the job can be some of the most dangerous. In fact, according to the Institute for Work and Health in Canada, a new employee in the first month on the job has more than three times the risk for a lost-time injury than others.
Even if you are not a first day employee, it is important to make sure that you are dressed for safety anytime you go to work on a construction site, a road crew, or any other kind of job that puts you in harm’s way. From high visibility rain jackets to industry specific safety yellow sweatshirts, following the guidelines that are recommended by the employer is essential if you want to have a safe and productive day on the job.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the safety clothing that many workers need to wear to keep themselves safe:

  • $70 is spent per employee on foot protection every year, finding the best footwear can help you be both safe and productive while you are on the job.
  • Earplugs can reduce noise by 15 to 30 decibels, depending on the fit.
  • Although the average person walks 10,000 steps a day, a laborer or a construction worker can walk more than 30,000.
  • Equivalent to 13 deaths every day, 4,836 workers were killed on the job in the year 2015.
  • As defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Heath, the maximum exposure time to any sound at 85 decibels is eight hours.
  • People between the age of 16 and 19 missed an average of four days of work after a work injury in the year 2014.

Many people think about the clothing that they wear when they go to work, but in some careers the clothing decisions that you make are essential to your safety. From the first day of work to the last, keeping on your toes at many jobs depends on making sure that you have the right kind of footwear covering those toes. And the right kind of shirts, pants, and jackets as well.

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