In 2014, 4,821 workers were killed on the job, according to the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). One out of five worker deaths were in constructions. These deaths were the results of falls, electrocution, falling object, hit by object, and getting caught or stuck in between equipment or objects. Although worker deaths in America are continuing to decrease, sometimes complacency on the job can still result in serious injuries, as well as accidents. It’s important and vital to practice as many safety methods as possible to protect oneself.
At Parking & Traffic Supply, we have dedicated a portion of our site to personal safety equipment. This includes: safety glasses, earplugs, and safety vests. No matter what type of work you’re in, it’s in your best interest to not ignore any safety equipment needs. There are many different types and styles of safety vests, glasses, and earplugs out there; choose one that best suits your needs and personal preference. To view our safety products, click here.
Whether the job is small or large, less dangerous or riskier, eye protection is crucial. About 3 out of 5 workers injured were not wearing eye protection during their incident. Each year, eye injuries cost more than $300 million dollars in lost work time, medical expenses and worker compensation. Many workplace eye injuries are caused by small objects (dust, metal particles) hitting the eye. An eye injury from a job can have lifelong last effects and consequences; a person’s vision can be permanently damaged for life. Even a small eye injury can cause vision problems. According to OSHA, about 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of protective eyewear.
By wearing a safety vest, workers are able to be easily seen in both sunlight and at nighttime. The bright colors and reflective bands alert drivers that a person is working on a site and to proceed with caution. Unfortunately, dozens of workers die each year while on the job from getting hit by a car. By wearing a safety vest, it is an additional safety measure to remind everyone to be careful driving through a work zone.
With all the safety equipment, laws, and scary statistics out there, there’s really no excuse for a worker to not wear the proper garments like glasses or a vest. By doing so, he or she may save her own life.