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Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • A Day in the Life of a Work Zone

    A Day in the Life of a Work Zone - Part 1

    There are some pretty funny, unique and downright confusing happenings when it comes to construction and work zones. We've decided to bring you a few photos once a month that show some of the interesting things that happen on the job as well as those who do them. So take a look and enjoy. Click on any image to view it in full size. And if you have anything to share, send it to us and we'll gladly post it next time.


  • Winter is Here, Get Your HiVis Gear!

    hivis winter gearWith the cold weather in full swing, it's about time to replenish your stock of high visibility winter work gear. This is especially true if you're working long hours outdoors. You're going to spend a lot of time out there in the cold and in addition to being safe, you might as well be comfortable.
    HiVis Supply has a huge inventory of winter work wear suited for all types of jobs. Whether you're driving over the road or working on the side of the road we have plenty of products from the top name brands to make your work day easier.
    From gloves and jackets to high visibility sweatshirts and insulated overalls, we have it all. More importantly, you're making a sound investment thanks to our everyday low pricing on all of our products.
    Check out the some of our most popular items below or view our complete line of high visibility winter gear.
    ML Kishigo Brilliant Series Bomber Jacket - $77.45
    The Brilliant Series Bomber is an ANSI Class 3 hooded jacket made from durable 300-denier polyester oxford fabric. This popular jacket is lightweight, tough, and features a removable quilted liner. Other features include a hideaway hood, adjustable wrist cuffs and plenty of pockets.
    Work King 5-in-1 Thermal Jacket - $139.25
    The 5-in-1 Thermal jacket from Work King features a unique, cutting edge design. The jacket is ANSI Class 3 compliant and transforms to be worn 5 different ways, making it an excellent all-purpose application. The jacket, lining and insulation are 100% polyester with a PU coated outer shell.
    Work King Thermal Bib Overalls - $87.27
    The Thermal Bib Overall from Work King has a 6oz. polyester lining and a 100% polyester outer shell. These are ANSI 107 Class 2 compliant and feature reflective striping by 3M Scotchlite. Equipped with ankle-to hip leg zippers, zipper fly and elastic rear waist.
    3A Safety Reversible Body Warmers - $37.27
    The Reversible Body Warmer by 3A Safety is ideal for keeping you warm during strenuous labor. Made from PU coated 300-Denier Polyester, it's an ANSI Class 2 compliant vest equipped with a full fleece liner and an insulated collar. Features flap-zipper 2 chest pockets and 2 large zippered slash pockets.
    Ergodyne N-Ferno 3-Layer Winter Liner - $24.75
    This headliner from Ergodyne is the ultimate in extreme cold weather protection. Three layers are specially designed to protect your head and neck from even the most frigid of temperatures. Features a 3M Thinsulate center layer, adjustable velcro strap, modacrylic outer shell and strategically placed warming pockets on the inside near the ears, ideal for the placement of heating packs.
    Tough Duck Reflective Knit Beanie - $10.91
    The Reflective Knit Beanie from Tough Duck is simple yet highly effective. This is a 100% acrylic knit hat featuring reflective striping to lend extra visibility on the job. It also has unique hard hat loops which allow you to easily and comfortably strap your hard hat over the beanie.
    Don't miss out on all the great, innovative products that have been specifically designed to accommodate you on the job. You spend a lot of time at work - we think you deserve to be comfortable.

  • Are You Serious About Safety Precautions or Just Following Standard Procedures?

    workplace safetyIf you randomly asked someone what workplace safety entails, the average person might imagine things such as high visibility gear, hard hats and danger signs. Others may cringe at the memory of attending safety training classes, having to follow seemingly ridiculous procedures on the job and acquiring copious amounts of useless safety pamphlets and papers.
    Everyone has their own position on workplace safety. Some take it very seriously, while others understand the dangers but tend to occasionally cut corners. Depending on the job and the situation, many are willing to completely ignore certain safety practices in an effort to get the job done. Some people ignore safety procedure under a circumstance where it could only put themselves at higher risk, while others completely disregard the safety of co-workers and/or the public.
    When I talk about "people" I mean workers, employers, contractors, inspectors, officials, etc. Safety applies to each and every person involved in a project, a jobsite, a manufacturing plant, or a warehouse. Whether you're surveying land for a potential project, purchasing an insurance policy for a massive industrial project or fitting pipe on an offshore rig, you have a certain responsibility when it comes to safety. There's the physical safety of yourself, the safety of those working around you and the safety of others who might be working there years down the road. Also, the safety of the general public, the environment and anyone or anything else who might be serviced or affected in any way as a direct result of the work you're involved with.
    Could your decisions in regard to safety procedures result in someone being injured in the future while trying to make repairs or adjustments to something you've worked on? Is "good enough for now" really good enough? Think about that for a moment.
    From another angle, let's say you ALWAYS follow procedure. You'd rather not be responsible for an accident and you want to perform your job in flawless fashion. Maybe you're the type to take additional steps that aren't required, just as an extra measure to increase safety or the quality of your work. While that's a respectable position to be in, ask yourself where you draw the line for yourself?
    Aside from your own decisions at work, there are many others who make decisions that affect safety. All kinds of different decisions. From repouring an unsafe concrete wall to stacking heavy parts on a damaged pallet. From an old faulty electrical cord to highly caustic chemicals, from a machine's intentionally bypassed safety switch to a simple signature of approval on a construction inspection.
    Are you willing to work without a respirator if your employer won't provide them? Are you willing to save money by not providing respirators to employees while risking possible health issues in the future? If a replacement part is needed but the proper part isn't readily available, would you substitute one that isn't rated for the proper strength? Are you going to climb up on a decaying scaffolding because you know you're employer isn't willing to purchase new equipment, or are you going to verbalize your right to a safe work environment?
    Everyday, safety procedures and best practices are ignored. While many accidents are avoided and prevented, many still occur due to nothing other than neglect. From a gravel truck with dangerously worn tires to a simple leaky valve on a high pressure tank, there are always accidents waiting to happen - but for what? To save time or money? To bet against the odds or to assume the probability of an accident is low? Because you assume an accident "probably won't happen"?
    As employees, you have a job to do. Your responsibility is to work so you can provide for yourself. You should take pride in your skills and abilities and consider them important. Equally, you should value yourself and your safety on the job.
    As an employer, you have the responsibility to provide a reasonably safe working environment for your employees. After all, without them you cannot profit. And is cutting a corner or two at the risk of worker safety really worth it when that unexpected accident happens and you're the one who's responsible? Do you want to be the contractor responsible for a structural failure because a larger profit margin was took precedence over safety regulations?
    Whatever your situation is, understand that you can only prevent or reduce accidents in the workplace by making responsible decisions. A few minutes more or a couple of extra dollars is a small price to pay for enhanced safety and a job done right. Failure to make the right decision or an unwillingness to make small sacrifices in the workplace can result in a lifetime of regret and hardship for both yourself and others. While mistakes will happen, there is never a legitimate excuse for neglect.
    Next time a situation arises and you have a decision to make in regards to safety, consider perceiving it as a serious precaution - not just another standard procedure.

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