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What equipment do I need to remain protected on work sites?

Workplace safety is a crucial concern for many different professions. However, as an Erie construction worker you are no doubt well-aware of the many dangers posed by an unsafe work site. Personal protective equipment plays an essential role in combatting common construction hazards, which is why it’s so important for you as well as your employer to be fully aware of the type of equipment required to stay safe on the job.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration provides a listing of safety equipment that should be present on each and every construction site. Hand and foot protections can easily be overlooked, which may result in serious injuries. There are many different types of gloves you can utilize as a construction worker, and it’s essential that you choose the right design for the job. When it comes to your feet, opt for boots with reinforced toes to lessen the likelihood of a crushing injury. Having slip-resistant soles is also extremely important, especially when working from great heights.

When working nearby particularly loud machinery, protective hearing equipment is a must. You can choose from safety ear muffs that lessen the degree of noise or ear plugs that fit snugly into your ears. Proper cleaning and replacement is recommended when using ear plugs to prevent damage from occurring.

Flying debris can pose numerous hazards to you and your fellow workers throughout the course of an average work day. Face protection is vital in this instance, as it can shield you from things like metal particles, chemicals or even sparks. Comprehensive facial protection should include goggles as well as face shields. These items provide enhanced protection for a variety of activities, from affixing construction materials via nail guns to metal welding.

If you’ve suffered a workplace accident due to an unsafe environment, it’s recommended that you contact a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer. 

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