If your employees work on construction sites, they need these seven pieces of PPE to protect them from injuries

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 14 Jan. 2015

Tags: ppe, personal protective equipment, safety gear, ppe for construction, construction employees, construction employees’ ppe

The construction industry has some of the worst accidents in South Africa. The reason for this is the wide range of hazards on any given construction site.

From working at heights on unsteady platforms, to poor visibility and working with power-tools, your employees are constantly in danger.

That’s why personal protective equipment (PPE) is so important in the construction industry. It can protect your employees from injuries and accidents.

But you have to make sure your employees have the right PPE or they’ll still face serious risks.

Here are the seven pieces of PPE you must give them to keep them safe…


Seven pieces of PPE every construction employee must have

1. Hard hats
One of the most common construction sites hazards is objects falling on employees. For example, if someone’s working with a hammer on a ladder and it falls on the person on the ground, it will seriously injury him. 
Hard hats can protect your employees from these hazards. 
2. Reflective vests
Because of all the construction vehicles on a building site, you need to make sure your drivers can see other workers at all times. Reflective vests can help with this. The vests catch any light and reflect it. The drivers will see the light and know where other employees are.
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3. Fall harnesses 
This safety gear protects your employees when they work at heights. It acts as a catch mechanism if your employee slips off the area they’re working on.  These harnesses need a connecting rope that you can attach to a guardrail that runs around the area they’re working on. 
4. Face masks
Because of dust and other particles like silicon or wood, your employees need face masks. These stop your employee breathing in the particles and prevent lung and throat infections. 
If your employees have to work in an area where the air contaminants are really bad, you must give them respirators. 
5. Safety goggles 
Safety goggles are important because of the hazards to your employees’ eyes. For example, if your employee is cutting wood or drilling, it will send particles into the air. These could go into your employee’s eye and seriously injure him. 
6. Gloves
Construction employees have to work with hand tools a lot. These can cause serious injuries if your employee has an accident while using them. 
Even something like a hammer is dangerous to your employee if he slips and hits his hand. 
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7. Safety boots
Safety boots help your employees work on uneven ground while giving them more support for their feet and ankles. This helps stop injuries such as sprained ankles. 
These must also protect your employees’ feet if anything falls on them. 
Make sure you give your employees the right PPE by doing a risk assessment to find out what risks they face. The Risk Assessment Toolkit will show you how to do this.

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Dirk Koker 2015-07-02 12:07:47

I may be wrong , but I believe that an overall should also have been included in the PPE required for construction sites.
Kind regards


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