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  • Writer's pictureAmy Cone

3 Reasons Construction Workers Need High Visibility Clothing

High visibility clothing is essential in countless industries, and for good reason. Without safety clothing companies providing these important garments, workers can be injured or even killed on the job. In fact, 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015 alone. That’s an average of 13 deaths every day. Aside from worker injuries and deaths, let’s take a look at exactly why high visibility clothing is so vital, especially in the construction industry.

Industry Standards OSHA and the FHA have a specific standard for high visibility apparel: the American National Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear. This standard establishes three types of safety clothing, which are Type O (off-road), Type R (roadway), and Type P (public safety). In addition, OSHA and FHA standards dictate three different performance classes:

Class 1 – Offers minimum amount of high visibility material, solely to differentiate workers from the off-road environment.

Class 2 – Garment allows for a better definition of the human form, the minimum level of protection for roadway workers.

Class 3 – the highest level of visibility and definition, the garment must be long-sleeved to qualify as this class.

Any company providing high visibility clothing to employees must abide by these standards to keep their workers as safe as possible.

Accident Reduction When construction employees are working in high-traffic areas, visibility is crucial. Whether it’s construction vehicle traffic or pedestrian traffic, any lack of visibility could mean a serious accident. Keeping in line with OSHA and FHA standards, workers must wear the appropriate class of high visibility clothing to ensure maximum visibility and safety.

Weather Protection Weather conditions can seriously diminish visibility, whether it’s day or night. High visibility clothing is great for construction workers on outdoor worksites because drivers can see them whether there is snow, rain, fog, or other low-visibility weather.

Choosing the right gear for your construction site can literally save lives. People die on worksites every day, and protecting these employees is every construction company’s responsibility. For all of your questions about custom safety apparel, contact us today!


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