I see safety vests everywhere, partly because they're used everywhere, but partly because I write about safety vests and I'm always on the lookout to where they're being used.
The ironic thing about safety vests is, when used properly, and worn regularly, they save lives. but there's no evidence or statistics or reports that speak to, "there would have been an accident had this person not worn a safety vest."
The sad thing is, people do still get hurt, and people still do die because the don't wear their safety vests. And accidents do happen that cannot be controlled.
Others in the safety industry who also notice who and where hi visibility vests are being used can help by adding to the discussion. One such person is Dave Weber who writes Safety Awakenings.
The following is an excerpt from a blog article he wrote entitled 6 New Uses For High Visibility Vests.
Those bright yellow and orange high visibility vests aren’t just for roadway construction crews any more. I’m seeing them worn all over the place in business and industry these days. Employers have discovered that in certain high hazard work areas, it’s a good idea to have employees wear high visibility vests to provide an extra measure of protection.
Below is a listing of six situations that I feel require the wearing of high visibility vests:
- All new production employees should be required to wear safety vests. I successfully implemented such a policy at two different companies. We required new employees to wear the safety vests during the first 30 calendar days that they worked for the company. Management did not have to enforce this policy, because the experienced employees came to believe in the policy so strongly that they enforced the rule themselves!
- Certain handicapped or disabled production employees should be required to wear safety vests. At one company I worked for we had some factory employees who were deaf. The area where they worked was extremely dangerous. If an imminent danger were to occur, the deaf workers could not hear the warning shout, the alarm, or the horn. We required the deaf employees to wear high visibility vests. The other workers would watch out for the vest wearing deaf workers and give them an extra wide berth when working near them.
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