Essential Gear to Keep Your Workers Safe on the Job

Construction is a hazardous job, and every day workers risk serious injury or even death on the job site. Using the correct gear is essential to ensuring the safety of your crew. With the proper safety gear you can put your mind at ease knowing that your workers remain safe while on the job. There are many different types of personal protective equipment, or PPE, that can be used.

Some of the most important pieces of safety gear include hard hats, safety glasses, gloves & boots, ear protection, and ANSI/ISEA certified reflective clothing. These key items are essential in providing the protection your workers need to prevent serious injury while on the job. Let’s take a closer look at some of these pieces of equipment.

Hard Hats

Hard Hats should meet the ANSI Z89.1 standard for Type 1, Class E, G & C safety helmets. They are required to be worn by all workers on a construction site and protect the head from overhead hazards, falling objects and debris, and other construction hazards.

Shafer Equipment Company offers hard hats that provide a sleek, cap style shell design that are manufactured from a high-density polyethylene material that’s incredibly lightweight. They feature an eight-point, six-strap nylon suspension that is very comfortable yet provide exceptional impact absorption.

Hard Hat
  • Manufactured from a high-density polyethylene material that’s incredibly lightweight — just 13.1 ounces.
  • Independently tested to meet the ANSI Z89.1 standard for Type 1, Class E, G & C safety helmets.

Safety Glasses

Safety glasses should be worn at all times to protect the worker’s eyes from flying dust and debris and other construction site hazards. We carry Luminary Safety Glasses which are one of the lightest and brightest solutions in safety eye wear.

Our safety glasses feature an ultra-lightweight design that make them easy to wear all day, every day. The “fingertip” nose piece reduces slippage so that your safety glasses stay on securely. Luminary Safety Glasses are certified by Underwriters Laboratories to meet ANSI Z87.1+ and CSA Z94.3 standards and meet ballistic impact resistance requirements for eye wear in US Military Performance Specification MIL PRF-32432 (GL).

  • Ultra-lightweight design — just four-fifths of an ounce — makes it easy to wear all day, every day.
  • Elastic temples help relieve pressure behind the ears and provide superior comfort.
  • “Fingertip” nose piece reduces slippage, so glasses stay on securely.

Hearing Protection

Hearing protection is necessary to protect the worker’s ears from loud noises that may cause hearing loss over time. They also protect the ears from cold weather, wind, and other harsh elements that workers must endure while on the job.

Shafer Equipment Company carries GloPlugz Uncorded Earplugs, which are soft, comfortable, and tapered for easy insertion.

Uncorded Ear Plugs. Soft and Comfortable, tapered for easy insertion. Bright blue color. Box of 200.

Safety Gloves & Boots

Both safety gloves and boots should be worn when handling hazardous materials or working with dangerous equipment. Also the proper boots are necessary to protect the worker’s feet from being injured from falling objects and heavy equipment.

Safety boots should include a steel toe to prevent punctures, impacts, or penetration from falling objects or uneven work spaces. They should also be comfortable and have slip-resistant soles to prevent dangerous falls and injury.

Reflective Clothing

Reflective clothing must be worn by workers to ensure proper visibility to other workers, moving vehicles, and other equipment active on the job site. We carry a variety of reflective clothing including jackets, pants, coveralls, vests, and winter bibs. Let’s take a closer look at some of the gear we have available.

Onyx Class 3 Waterproof 3-in-1 Bomber Jacket

The Onyx Class 3 Waterproof 3-in-1 Bomber Jacket by G-Line is made from 300D durable ripstop polyester fabric with PU coating and a poly filled quilted liner.

This type of fabric is perfect to use when working under extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain or snow. Beside its utmost protection, it is lightweight, providing the freedom to move around with ease while working.

Class 3 Hooded Rain Jacket

The ANSI/ISEA certified, Class 3 Hooded Rain Jacket features a waterproof, PU coating to keep you warm and dry.

This jacket also features a mesh lining with zipper closure/snap front. The 2″ silver reflective tape along with the lime green color provide high visibility to your person on the job site.

Class E Standard 2 Tone Mesh Pants

These Class 3 Standard 2 Tone Mesh Pants provide the comfort and protection you need on the job site. ANSI/ISEA certified with a 2″ silver reflective tape with contrasting trim.

These pants are 100% polyester and feature 2 upper stash through pockets, an elastic bottom cuff, and a ook and loop bottom side opening.

High Visibility Safety Vest

The ANSI Class 2 Safety vest from GSS Safety is an affordable and agreeable answer to high visibility workplace safety.

Featuring a Left chest 2-tier & 4-division pockets for basic storage, zipper front closure, a 2-inch reflective striping.

Shafer Equipment Company has all of the necessary safety gear you need to stay safe on the job. Check out our full line of personal protection equipment available in our online store, or simply stop by our showroom at 380 West Commerce Street in Chambersburg, PA.

We are dedicated to keeping you secure and safe on the job!

Face Mask Guidelines on Job Sites

The CDC has stated that COVID-19 spreads primarily via transmission of respiratory droplets from person to person. They recommend that all individuals over the age of two wear a cloth face mask in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to achieve. With the possibility of asymptomatic virus carriers, cloth face masks have become accepted as an important measure for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

OSHA recognizes that cloth face masks can be an important protective measure in preventing the spread of COVID-19, but also provide some caveats for construction industry employees.

Cloth Face Masks Are Not Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Cloth face masks are not a substitute for other types of required face coverings. Many construction sites have respiratory hazards, such as particulate or vapor hazards, that typically require the use of a hazard-specific respirator. When this is the case, respirators should be used, and cloth face masks should not be worn with or as a subsitute for a respirator.

Wearing a Single Cloth Face Mask All Day

OSHA has also pointed out that it may not be practical for a construction employee to wear a single cloth face mask all day. A construction worker’s mask may become wet, soiled, or otherwise visibly contaminated during the workday. OSHA suggests that construction employers should make replacement face masks readily available for use.