SPOT on Safety
Personal Protective Equipment
Listen, working on a construction site doesn’t lend itself to being, shall we say, stylish. Hard hats, big boots & orange safety vests don't flatter any figure, am I right?
But here’s the thing— the fashion sacrifice you make could just save your eye or more importantly, your life. Did you know:
In an extensive study conducted between 2003 and 2008, it was found that the construction industry has the highest rate of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports at least 60,000 foot injuries are responsible for keeping people from work every year,’ according to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News. More specifically, construction sites are considered particularly risky due to the nature of heavy machinery and tools that are most often used to complete projects.
“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment and worker compensation.” Not surprisingly, at least 90% of these injuries are preventable if the proper eye protection is worn.
Wearing the right personal protection equipment is an essential part of doing your job well. Keeping your head, eyes, and feet protected not only keeps you safe while on the job, but it may help remind others to do the same.