A road construction worker wears high-visibility clothing in a work zone.

What To Wear In A Work Zone

Are your workers dressed appropriately in your work zone? From sweltering summer days and freezing winters to rainy days and high winds, learn how you can keep safe in a work zone by wearing the proper gear. 

High-visibility clothing

Wearing high visibility clothing is one of the most important safety rules of working in road construction. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration, OSHA, and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) all have standards when it comes to high-visibility clothing. There are four different classifications of high-visibility garments, Class 2, Class 2, Class 3, and Class E. 

Did you know that not wearing high visibility gear in your work zone could be fatal? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that one of the biggest causes of worker fatalities was being hit by vehicles both in and out of the work zone. Wearing high-visibility clothing can decrease this risk, especially when working at night or in the rain. Furthermore, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) requires for workers in a temporary traffic control (TTC) zone to wear high visibility clothing in rainy conditions. 

Anti-slip gear & full-coverage clothing

In normal life, experiencing a trip and fall might be embarrassing, but in a work zone, falling could lead to injury or death. Make sure to wear footwear with treads and gloves with grip. The tread on your shoes will help to prevent falls, and the grip on your gloves will help you keep a hold of your tools. 

When working in a construction zone, the more you are covered, the better. Wearing long sleeves and long pants can help protect your from several things, including: 

  • Sunburn
  • Cuts if you fall 
  • Being hit with debris  

Also, this might go without saying, but please always wear your helmet! 

Contact IntelliStrobe to learn about how we’re committed to revolutionizing work zone safety. 

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