Protective clothing is an essential part of many people’s working lives. These are items that help protect us from the extremes: very high or very low temperatures, falls and hits, burns and cuts.
Some items, such as high visibility vests, are designed to make the wearer more visible and thus safe from harm.
They are often used by highway workers of all kinds to help drivers stay more alert. Let’s face it, working as a construction worker on a highway is a very dangerous job: these people are basically working pedestrians surrounded by all kinds of motorized vehicles and reckless drivers that speed through construction sites thinking nothing bad can possibly happen.
High visibility clothing
Here are some more high vis clothing and other equipment often worn by highway workers:
- High vis vests: available in a variety of sleeveless and long-sleeved models. Their signature reflective tape makes them easy to recognize and easy to be seen, which is their main function. They are lightweight, durable, and easy to put on and take off thanks to simple velcro fastening.
- High vis trousers: full-length trousers made of high-quality durable materials that repel water and dirt. Everything is made to last, be easy to use, and with functionality in mind, from durable stitching to the placement and number of pockets.
- High vis polo shirt: in addition to reflective piping, these shirts are usually made of lightweight, sweat-wicking materials that make it easier to work in hot conditions. They also offer a degree of UV protection and add visibility.
- High vis overalls: perfect for low-temperature conditions when you want to keep as much heat as possible close to your body.
- High vis jacket: jackets come in many different styles, suitable for many conditions, from models intended to be used as a light protective layer to fleece-lined, robust jackets for cold and windy weather.
More protective clothing and equipment
Better safe than sorry!
Here are some more frequently used protective clothing and equipment:
- Protective helmet: these are usually made of high-quality plastic that’s UV resistant and durable. A good helmet shouldn’t obstruct your field of vision and it also shouldn’t obstruct airflow.
- Helmet liner: plastic doesn’t really offer much in terms of keeping you warm. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a helmet liner that you can attach and wear under your helmet if you’re working in very cold conditions.
- Safety glasses: safety glasses can be clear or have colored lenses (typically yellow for working in low-light conditions). In other words, they help protect your eyes and/or enhance your vision in conditions when it’s hard to see.
- Safety boots with steel cap: having good protective footwear is extremely important when you’re not only spending the majority of your workday on foot, but you also risk being hit by heavy objects or have something fall on your foot.
- Insulated gloves: a must-have if you’re working in very cold conditions. They will prevent frostbite. They also protect your hands from accidental cuts and spills.