Goggles — Gloves
There is nothing new about wearing goggles for eye protection. Every job is using them to a greater or lesser degree. But the question always arises as to who should not be asked to wear eye protection.bodies in the eye, flying objects, dust, and horseplay. The jobs include office workers, laborers, operators, warehousemen, millwrights, drivers, mechanics, carpenters, and so on down the line.
Actual reported cases describe accidents in which a laborer was cleaning out one thing or another when some of the contents of a chemical nature splashed in his eyes and resulted in the loss of his sight. Goggles were not worn, since they were not considered necessary for that type of work or worker. But follow this injury and others like it and you will find that most could have been prevented if the right eye protection had been used.
There’s No Such Thing As Being Too Safe!
- Your hands are your wage-earners.
- Hands are hurt more often than any other part of the body.
- Hand injuries don’t have to occur. As talented as your hands are, they can’t think, they’re your servants, and it is up to you to think and keep them out of trouble.
- Be sure you wear the right kind of gloves for the particular kind of work you are doing.
- When you wear gloves, you aren’t trusting to luck and you’re not taking unnecessary chances.
- Wear gloves when you are doing a job that needs them, but, not around moving machinery.
Time spent in preparing your hands for the job will not only save trouble for you but will probably save time in doing the job.
Hard Hats and Fall Protection
Do you think that the use of personal protective equipment is over-rated? Here are two actual stories.
Large, heavy plates of steel were being welded to form a section of deck in a shipyard. As can be expected, some warpage occurred which required correction. Hydraulic jacks accomplished this through the application of pressure. Off to one side an individual was sighting down the plates to judge the corrections.
Suddenly a temporary weld broke causing the plates to jump apart. One of these struck the man on the side of his hard hat with enough force to puncture the shell. In case you do not know, this is not easy to do and attests to the force of the blow. This person did suffer injury. However, so far, he has been able to continue working. Imagine what would have happened if he had not been wearing the hard hat. There is a good possibility he would have suffered a very serious and permanent head injury. In other words, his life, and that of his family, could have taken a tragic turn for the worse.
You may not know that hard hats are not designed to provide the maximum level of protection from blows to the side. Was this an isolated episode? I do not think so. There are plenty of people around who have fallen, and struck their head on something as they have gone down. But they were wearing a hard hat and are still functioning today because of the protection it provided.
Need another story to believe that personal protective equipment works? This incident occurred inside a 60 foot deep tank at a waste water treatment plant. After some scaffold planking slipped, a worker fell only 6 to 8 feet before being stopped by his safety harness. This harness prevented him from plunging an additional 40 to the bottom of the tank. He was rescued by firefighters and lifeguards, examined at a hospital, and released.
Do you think he would have walked away if he had not been wearing the harness?