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Put a Lid on it!

High Altitude Hiking

Say you have a head. And a pair of ears. Which you really do have, unless you're a headless alien or VanGogh or something. In that case, I'm sorry and you probably won't want to read this blog because

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Bright or Die

You know what does not sound like a good time: being killed on the job. Nobody wants their obituary to read “gutted by a backhoe” or “flattened by a dump truck”. It would be embarrassing. At your funeral, people would laugh. Plus, who’s going to ride that jet-ski you’ve been putting in overtime towards when you’re six feet under?

 

No, dying peacefully during naptime at the ripe age of 95 or whilst saving a family of fifteen from a burning building sounds like a much better way to go.

 

“But how do I prevent this mortifying untimely demise, Lindsey?!” you scream, clutching the remote to your brand new flat screen tv.

 

Fear not, my friend. Those DVRed episodes of Sons of Anarchy will not go unwatched. The rival sports team of your hometown will not go unpunished. That six-pack in the fridge will not go unopened.

 

The solution is simple. You will be alive to experience it all because you will be wearing the appropriate High-visibility safety apparel during your work day!

 

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Here’s a quick rundown of the different classes of Hi-Vis gear available that are going to keep you from kicking the bucket before your time.

(Pro tip: the higher the class, the more protective the garment)

 

Class 1:

These garments are restricted to people working where there is ample separation between the worker and vehicles, the background environments are not complex, and speeds do not exceed 25 mph.

Examples: Parking attendants, warehouse or sidewalk maintenance workers

Dickies VE200 Class 1 Vest

Class 2:

For work in harsh weather and in proximity to vehicles moving at speeds between 25 and 50mph. Workers in this environment may not be paying attention to traffic and working in complex backgrounds.

Examples: Roadway construction and utility workers, survey crews, toll booth attendants, law enforcement

Berne Apparel HVV046 Class 2 Vest

Class 3:

When exposed to high traffic (speeds over 50mph) and/or conditions where visibility of workers may be reduced, this garment would be necessary. Wearing this garment the worker will be conspicuous through a full range of body motions at a minimum of 1,280 feet away and identifiable as a person. At night or during a storm, this class would be appropriate.

Examples: Emergency responders, accident investigators, roadway construction and utility workers

Carhartt 100503 Class 3 Zip-Front Sweatshirt

 

 

If, even after all this information, you’re still worried for your survival, here are a few more nuggets of wisdom that are most assuredly going to keep you safe.

 

  1. The combination of a Class 2 or 3 vest with hi-vis pants or shorts creates a Class 3 ensemble. Jumping into a pair of hi-vis pants when the sun goes down will help you to remain visible.

 

  1. Beware of unclassified garments. Always make sure the clothing you buy meets ANSI/ISEA 107 standards.

 

  1. Check the label! It will include information about class, standards compliance, and care instructions.

 

  1. Watch out for improperly loose vests that may become caught in equipment or vests that have been washed too many times and lost their florescent values.

 

  1. Keep your garments clean and closed!

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That’s it. With all this knowledge crammed between your ears, you can breathe easy. You’re going to live to see 60, 70, hell, probably 100. By the time you’re settling down for a dirt nap, people are going to be flying around on jetpacks and travelling at light speed.

 

So buy some freaking Hi-Visibility gear and kick back with a cold one.

 

The future is now.

 

 

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Team Work Wear

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From the assembly line to the superhero assembly comes... TEAM WORK WEAR. A.K.A. The League of Work Wear Heroes!

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Personal Protective GETS PERSONAL

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You're the kind of person who's into adventure, mystery, and danger. But you're also the kind of person who's into playing it safe because you're not stupid, that phone's not your dad, and you don't watch

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Constructed for Greatness!

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Unlike Wall E, we were not born constructed for greatness! Pixar's adorable robot Wall E was created to clean up and work through a construction site with all the safety requirements met. He's one cute

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Encounters with Barey Bones

Told through simple animations, because still photos and regular text are not enough to contain the magic of… Barey Bones.

 

Caption: BAREY BONES

Caption: THE BEAR… THE LEGEND.

Caption: SOME SAY THAT HE CAN BE SEEN NEAR CONSTRUCTION SITES AND OTHER PLACES WITH POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARDS… WEARING A HI-VIS VEST.

Caption: “I ONCE ALMOST DIED AT WORK. TRIPPED OVER SOME LOOSE CABLES AND WAS ABOUT TO FALL OFF A LEDGE… SUDDENLY THERE WAS A FLASH OF FUR AND HI-VIS AND I FOUND MYSELF SAVED. I KNOW IT WAS BAREY BONES. HE SAVED ME. HE SAVED MY LIFE.

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What the heck is FR? Flame Resistance Week

Great balls of fire! There are risks with any job, but if you have fire risks in yours, taking the proper precautions can save your arm, leg, and life! FRC is one of the most commonly used clothing products for jobs that encounter electrical, chemical, and combustible elements that can start a fire. Wearing something as simple as standard FRC gloves orFRC pants can prevent injury during a mistake which, lets face it, we are human and slips-ups do happen. So, the first step to protecting yourself is educating yourself, which also is one of your abilities as a complex human being!

Refinery workers

 

Electrician Jobs

 

Food Production Industry

Common FR questions:

What does FR stand for?

FR is the common abbreviation for Flame Resistant in regards to the material of clothing that can self-extinguish during an accident that can cause a fire to start

What does FRC mean?

FRC stands for Flame Resistant Clothing. You can commonly see the abbreviation in bids or quotes for safety work clothing

Who wears Flame Resistant clothing?

Workers who are consistently in a hazardous environment should wear standard FR clothing. If you are around any kind of Electric Arc (electricians, electric linemen),Flash Fire (refinery, chemical, or pharmaceutical), and Combustible Dust Explosion(paper industry, paint industry, food processing). Anyone who comes in close contact with energized electrical equipment should wear FRC to protect themselves from a potential electrical accident.

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Where can I buy FR clothing?

Carhartt ® is one of the leading brands that provides a wide selection of FR garments. You can even create and entire outfit of FR clothing by layering to keep you safe in the toughest conditions. For a job where you need to free up your arms like electrical work, put on the Carhartt FRK294 Flame Resistant Long-Sleeve T-Shirt with the Radians AP1-60 Rad-Apocalypse Safety Glasses so you can get into a small space while protecting your arms and eyes. For colder conditions for example in a refinery, stay warm and keep yourself safe with Carhartt FRJ195 Men’s Flame-Resistant Duck Bomber Jacket and the Carhartt FRB002 Flame-Resistant Twill Work Pant. Now you can go to work and look forward to the weekend without worrying about catching on fire! Stay golden!

Carhartt FRK294 Flame Resistant Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

Radians AP1-60 Rad-Apocalypse Safety Glasses

Carhartt FRJ195 Men's Flame-Resistant Duck Bomber Jacket

 Carhartt FRB002 Flame-Resistant Twill Work Pant

Sources: UniFirst

Photo Credit: Digital TrendsEHow , County of NapaABCLocal