5 Types Of Safety Equipment That Construction Workers Need

Construction workers perform important tasks every day, and their job can be hazardous if the proper safety measures are not taken. Whether you own a construction company or supervise construction sites, it is important that employees have access to necessary safety equipment. Audit your sites and ensure that the following are provided for all workers:

Head Protection

Any construction site that presents the possibility requires that workers on site wear head protection. The most standard head protection is in the form of a hard hat helmet that meets the safety requirements for industrial head protection. If an employee is in a situation where he or she may be exposed to burns or electrical shock, a heavier duty helmet must be provided.


Boots are the footwear of choice at construction sites in order to protect feet. In most cases, heavy-duty steel toe boots are required. Whether or not your company is required to pay for an employee's work boots depends on whether or not they are used outside of work. If the boots are only used on-site, your company will most likely need to pay for them.

Face Protection

Face protection is absolutely essential for all construction workers. The best type of eye and face protection will depend on exposure to impact, chemicals, laser and ultra-violet rays, and glare. Any time an employee is using a machine or performing a task that poses a risk to the face or eyes, protection must be worn. Some jobs and types of machine require that a person wear both goggles and a face shield. 

High Visibility Apparel

Construction sites can be very busy with a lot going on, so wearing high visibility apparel ensures that everyone can easily be seen and accidents can be prevented. This is especially important if your construction project requires employees to close off part of a road—high visibility vests with reflective material will help drivers see them.

Respiratory Protection

When any phase of a construction project requires workers to use machinery or perform tasks that compromise air quality, respirators must be provided. The type of respirator needed will depend on the situation and what types of particles are present in the air. Your company will most likely be required to develop a respiratory protection program that ensures that all employees know how to properly use the respirators and protect their lungs during different phases of the job. 

For more information, contact a company like Riteway Safety and Supply.