Construction vests are vital as construction zones can be quite hazardous. Many construction workers are exposed to huge machinery that moves large amounts of rock and soil, which could potentially fall and damage them. Accidents involving civilians or non-workers that occur when passing near a construction site are another type of injury that is frequently overlooked on construction sites.

The usage of a construction vest is required for the prevention of injury since it improves the visibility of the employees. Reflective tapes on the garment, as well as the bright neon orange and yellow textiles, ensure that the person wearing it can be seen easily from afar. If the wearer is visible, the chances of getting hit by a vehicle are significantly reduced.

These safety vests will make you more visible. By being highly visible on the highway, the wearer of a construction vest has a better chance of avoiding unwanted injury and a lower occurrence of road accidents. These garments have reflective stripes that make the wearer visible to other road users. Such bands or stripes will reflect light and draw attention to the wearer as approaching automobiles and drivers pass by. This allows drivers to adjust their speed in time to avoid colliding with someone.

In several occupations, high visibility safety vests and uniforms are required to ensure worker safety. The following are some of the more popular sorts of employment that require high visibility clothing:

  • Construction
  • Traffic Control
  • School Crossing Guards
  • Waste Collection
  • Road Construction
  • Emergency Services
  • Parking Lot Attendants
  • Tow Truck Drivers
  • Airport Ground Workers
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Railroad Workers
  • Warehouse Workers
  • Utility Workers
  • Shipyard Workers



 

Advantages of High Visibility Construction Vests

When your employees have access to the appropriate high-visibility gear for their job functions, they enjoy several advantages. The following are some of the more common advantages of a construction vest:

Assists in keeping your personnel visible at all times. Employees are easy to spot, especially when their everyday attire may easily fade into the scene. A shipyard worker, for example, sticks out among the many different colored shipping containers.

Drivers will be able to observe workers more easily. Wearing the appropriate high visibility apparel while working on the roadside or in other areas where vehicle traffic is present helps to lessen the danger of workers being hurt by oncoming traffic.

Assists in the creation of a safer working environment. When your employees have access to high-visibility clothes and workwear, they will feel safer. Increased safety can lead to higher production and better morale among employees.

Accidents are less likely to occur. While accidents can happen, those involving workers who aren't visible are greatly decreased when they wear high-visibility uniforms and vests.


Picking the Right high Vis Safety Gear

Review the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Standards to ensure you choose the correct high visibility construction vest apparel for your staff. OSHA recommendations for creating safe working conditions for jobs that need high visibility gear to refer to these requirements.

The sort of vest you wear may or may not be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) depending on the assessed potential dangers of your job.

In what is known as "non-ANSI authorized traffic safety vests," non-ANSI approved traffic safety vests are employed in what is known as "non-ANSI.

Class 1

Low-traffic conditions, such as those encountered by parking lot employees. The following are the most commonly used shades in safety vests:

  • Orange safety vest
  • Yellow safety vest
  • Lime green safety vest
  • Blue Safety Vests

While the traditional colors for road safety vests are orange, yellow, and lime green (or yellow-green), blue safety vests are employed for a very significant, specific reason. Emergency responders are required to wear blue safety vests. Medical and paramedical staff are easily distinguished from other people at the scene of a traffic accident, fire, or another emergency because of the royal blue color.

The horizontal fluorescent stripes of a blue construction vest are frequently inscribed with inscriptions. On occasion, a title such as "incident commander," "triage director," or similar words may be inscribed on the horizontal stripe. If an emergency involving several injuries occurs, rapidly identifying the professional in charge of triage (determining the extent of injuries so that the sequence in which patients should be treated makes sense) might not only be beneficial but may save lives.

Even if no titles are posted, if you are in a scene of an emergency involving personal injuries, search for people wearing royal blue safety vests if you require medical aid or know of someone who does. It has the potential to save your or their lives.

Class 2

Reflective safety vests (ANSI approved) are worn by workers in high-traffic areas where speeds are typically 25 mph or less. A Class 2 vest resembles the uniforms worn by traffic cops and crossing guards.

Orange, yellow, and lime green are approved colors for this level vest. Other variants are not authorized, unlike Class 1 items.

Class 3

For daylight work, all (ANSI certified) traffic safety vests must be the same color. However, for high-night work, Class 2 and 3 ANSI safety vests made of highly visible material can also be white or silver. Your safety vest can be made out of one of three materials. For the most part, you may wear a model made entirely of polyester.

A mesh safety vest keeps you cooler during the workday in hot weather or climates. Vinyl safety vests are also available for reasons of affordability and, at the very least, the illusion of great reflective ability.

You can now wear a lit safety vest when working at night, which dramatically increases the risk of injury. One version contains a light source that makes your vest or its stripes shine for increased visibility. Another is the LED (light-emitting diode) safety vest, which illuminates you as you work.

Other safety vests, in addition to pure reflective safety vests, are available for a variety of uses.

  • Safety vest with a light source - both reflective for enhanced visibility and with a light source to help with job performance.
  • Water-related safety includes anything from high visibility during water activities to professional-grade vests with life-saving capabilities.
  • Rainwear - Because visibility reduces when it rains, highway safety vests intended for excellent visibility in wet weather are available.
  • On larger construction sites, especially when heavy machinery is used, a construction vest provides excellent visibility.
  • Various forms of safety harness construction vests are used in air and marine operations, as well as various types of construction jobs.

Wear ANSI and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety vests if required, as they have been tested in both lab and real-world environments.

Construction Vests with Reflective Stripes

When it comes to night-time safety, you have a variety of alternatives when it comes to reflective construction vests. Safety vests with reflective stripes come in a variety of colors. The most popular flavors are orange and lime. A single, double, or chevron striped pattern is featured on reflective safety vests.

Stripes in silver and fluorescent colors are commonly employed. One variant of the fluorescent safety vest has a Velcro clasp in the front and elasticized side straps that make it easy to put on and take off. The chevron safety vest has a Velcro belt that wraps around the waist. Vests are frequently made of vinyl polyester with or without a PVC coating. The width of the reflective stripe is usually between 1” and 1-1/2”.