Many on-the-job injuries happen because workers do not have the proper protective gear. In some cases, this is the fault of the employer for not providing the equipment and following safety guidelines. In other cases, it is the fault of the employees for not adhering to those regulations.
Either way, safety starts with knowing what gear to wear. Here are a few recommendations from safety specialists at Princeton University:
- Hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs
- Protective gloves
- Splash goggles for those working with liquids and chemicals
- Full face shields for those who are chipping, grinding or cutting
- Breathing masks and other types of respiratory protection
- Protective clothing for welders, such as durable pants, coats and face shields
- Fire resistant clothing for welding or live electrical work
- Fall protection equipment for those working at heights for anyone over six feet from the ground
They also warn workers about what not to wear to the job site, noting things like open-toed shoes, sneakers, shorts, tank tops and sweatpants. Workers must have proper attire for the job site — not just to look professional, but also to keep them safe.
Of course, workers still get hurt on the job every day. Construction is one of the most dangerous industries that you can work in. These tips about protective gear can help, but they do not prevent all injuries on a construction site.
As such, if you get hurt on the job, it is very important for you to understand all of the legal options you have. You may have a right to workers’ compensation to help cover your medical costs and other expenses.