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Women Making an Impact: The Growth & Evolution of the Construction Industry

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We’re seeing more women working in construction than ever before, but they still make up only 10 percent of the entire construction workforce. And, the numbers for women working on the front lines are even lower. For every 100 employees on a construction site, there is only one woman and only three percent of companies have a female construction manager. 


Back in 2010, women held only seven percent of construction executive positions. That number has grown 14 percent in the past few years, which is exciting news for women looking for higher level mentors in the field.

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The Most Recent Updates to ANSI 107-2015 High Visibility Standard Made Simple

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Do you feel like every time you turn around there’s a new policy in place or some major changes in safety regulation? While you know these safety updates are for the greater good of all workers, it can be tough keeping track of it all. 


The latest update to the American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories (ANSI 107-2015) is a prime example of important changes that you need to be aware of when you’re outfitting yourself or your team with high visibility safety apparel (HVSA).

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What is High Visibility Clothing?

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High visibility clothing is one of the most essential pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) an industrial worker can have. In the simplest terms, it’s a type of workwear that has highly reflective properties that can help a worker stand out against any background including roadways, construction zones or any other complex background.

Why is the use of high visibility clothing important? For starters, it’s one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to promote safety and prevent accidents on the job.

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How to Choose the Best Cold Weather Headwear for Work this Winter

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It’s cold outside. Don’t forget your hat and mittens! 

 

Chances are, you remember being told this as a child. Every time you step out into the frosty air and don’t heed those warnings, there’s a little bit of rebellion that floods through your veins. I don’t need some silly hat and mittens, you say. Childish rules apply to children, you think to yourself as you head out the door in a flimsy sweatshirt — only to find yourself shivering midday.

 

Well, HiVis Hank has something to say about it. 

 

Put your hat and mittens on! 

 

See, he doesn’t care if you’re four years old or forty. When the temperature plummets to near freezing conditions outside you need to suit up or suffer the consequences. So, whether you work outside in the elements or inside in cold environments, he’s going to share a few reasons why protecting yourself this winter is critical to your health and productivity.

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Cold Weather Body Maintenance Tips for the Outdoor Worker

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Cozy nights by the fire, holiday cheer and Monday night football games are just a few things we love about winter. But, if you’re an outdoor worker of any kind, you may have a few other concerns about the cold weather approaching. If you work outside in professions like construction, utilities, landscaping, transportation, oil and gas or agriculture, chances are you’re already thinking about how you’re going to cope with the cold this season. 

 

HiVis Hank and the team here put together a helpful guide chock full of helpful body maintenance tips to help keep you safe and warm in cold weather. 

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HiVis Hank’s 8 Tips for Keeping Warm on the Jobsite

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Not looking forward to working outside this winter? Already dreading the bitter chill of Mother Nature? Your buddy HiVis Hank has some real, honest-to-goodness tips that you can use on the job site this winter to stay warm and safe. Check out these 8 tips that anyone, even a bigfoot, can use to avoid cold-related illnesses and injuries due to cold, outdoor conditions.

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3 Steps To Layer High Visibility Clothing & Maximize Safety

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Whether you work roadside construction, emergency response or haul inventory in a warehouse, high visibility safety apparel (HVSA) should definitely be on your radar. High traffic zones, forklift operation and heavy equipment are just a few hazards that compromise worker safety every day. Once you add in factors like cold weather, icy terrain and low-light situations, the chances of someone getting hurt goes through the roof. You could have the best safety program in the world, but it won't do a darn thing if you aren't visible on the jobsite.

High visibility clothing like vests, pants, jackets, coveralls, beanies and gloves can help to reduce safety incidents caused by heavy equipment use, high traffic zones or bad weather. Because when you're seen, you're safer.

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HiVis Supply’s Cold Weather Guide to Cold Stress Prevention

Cold weather months can increase the risk of injury or illness for outdoor workers.

What is Cold Stress and How to Avoid It? 

Anytime you’re working outside, you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature. When the temperatures dip down to near freezing temperatures and you’re battling snow, rain and sleet, you need specialized gear that can protect you. High visibility clothing like vests, pants, jackets, raingear, coveralls, beanies and gloves are just a few examples of protective clothing that can help you stay warm and safe in bad weather.

HiVis Hank wanted to share some cold weather facts with his friends in the workforce. He admits he had to do some research before putting this post together. He’s never really minded the cold before. He does have a warm fur coat all year long, after all.

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How Outdoor Workers Can Beat the Heat: Shade Matters

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Hey you. The one with a bead of sweat running down your already sunburned neck. When was the last time you took a break? If you’re an outdoor worker,  you work in a shop that’s not air-conditioned or you work around radiant heat, listen up and listen up good. The summer is in full swing and if there’s one thing HiVis Hank knows other than high visibility safety, it’s hot weather. Heck, he lives right here in sunny Florida where our average summertime temperature is a blistering 95°F. On a good day we may catch a warm breeze and that’s if we’re lucky.

All these years in the Florida sun has taught ol’ Hank  a few things about health and safety. To survive working in hot weather you need to be smart. The first thing is to stay hydrated.

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