Construction crews spend much of their time along well-traversed thoroughfares, often at night. Working alongside the road is one of the many dangers of the trade, however, these dangers may be lessened by reflective vests and hard hats.
Hardhats and reflective vests are essential to the safety of road crews. A hard hat must be worn “when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects,” states the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Additionally, a hard hat must be donned “in working areas where there is the risk of exposure to electrical conductors that can potentially contact the head.”
Hardhats, that are OSHA approved, must meet a minimum criterion set forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Moreover, hardhats, like reflective vests, are divided into 3 categories. An ANSI approved II hardhat, those most often seen adorned by road crews, offers protection from blows to both the side and top of the head. These hard hats, although not fashionable, withstand impact from the hefty objects that may be spilled onto a crew member, such as pipe and concrete.
American National Standard Institute (ANSI) II approved safety vests offer high visibility. All ANSI approved vests adhere to protocols for the production of highly visible road construction habiliments. Moreover, the ANSI II approved vest was conceived with road crews in mind and conforms to the highest unified standards for a reflective habiliment. Reflectivity fights a road crew’s natural enemy, invisibility.
Motorists must heed orange signs and slow down while traversing a construction zone: construction signs, hard hats and reflective vests are the only protection a road crew has from the heat, falling objects and distracted drivers.