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Arc Defender Fabric: Flame-Resistant Workwear

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At Working Person’s Store, we take pride in taking care of our customers. That includes providing you with protective clothing you can trust. Your job isn’t always the easiest, but we have the men’s and women’s workwear that’ll keep you safe and make your 8+ hour shift more tolerable. When it comes to job site hazards, there’s no room for messing around…open flames and electrical hazards can pop up out of nowhere. A precautionary measure you can take is to wear flame-resistant workwear, and we have the FR shirts you need. They’re part of our Working Person’s Store brand product line, and they’re American-made, too!

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The History of Safety Toe Boots

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Your new boss just informed you that you’ll need to get a pair of steel toe boots before starting your very first shift. What a pain, right? Before you roll your eyes and complain, remember your employer is just trying to keep your feet safe – and in certain occupations, it’s required by law that you wear safety toe boots. As you’re browsing Working Person’s Store website for your latest work footwear requirements, think about why you need this type of coverage and when the heck people started wearing it.

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The Top 10 Workplace Hazards and How to Prevent Them

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Here are our top 10 hazards that occur in workplaces all too often. Although there are many more dangers on job sites, we feel that this list deserves some attention. Educate yourself on what can cause potential hazards and read up on how you can safely prevent them from ruining your day. Continue Reading…

Stay Safe When It’s Dark Outside

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Just because the sun is starting to sink down slightly below the horizon and its rays are creating a beautiful painting across the sky doesn’t mean you’re done with your work day. Your tough hours on the clock are far from over, but you’re okay with that. As visibility decreases, you need to make sure you’re kept safe if you’re working later in the evenings. Even those early morning hours have limited visibility, especially with fog and lack of sunlight. High-visibility clothing, like reflective vests and hi-vis overalls, will help you stay seen in low lighting. You can never be too careful in dangerous situations, so let yourself stand out in dimmer working conditions. Continue Reading…

Tips to Help Avoid Frostbite

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It’s 0-degrees F outside, and there are 15mph winds, so you’re a mere 30 minutes away from frostbite. That makes it -19-degrees F with the windchill factor, and it’s only a matter of minutes before your fingers, toes, ears, and nose start to lose feeling. After that, you have to act fast. If the thermometer reads -60-degrees F, you only have about 10 minutes before your skin is in danger. Frostbite can happen more quickly than you think, and this can lead to hypothermia, too. How can you prevent the weather from affecting you, both temporarily and permanently? Continue Reading…

Kong Gloves: Coming Soon to WPS!

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Working Person’s Store will soon be carrying an eye catching and imagination pricking range of new gloves. Eye catching designs that really stand out, packed with amazing safety and protection technology, developed with a range of safety bodies in the US and worldwide – all so you can continue to work safely in some of the harshest workplaces that there is.

Whether it’s in oil and drilling, extraction and refining, Fracking, tool pushing, mining, demolition, heavy construction or rigging, Kong work gloves mean you can literally keep your hands in where others simply can’t. Continue Reading…

Be Prepared for an Early Winter!

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Alright – let’s be upfront about this, this might seem a little premature, as you’re sweating it out every day at work, but according to reports, there’s a Polar Vortex on its way this September.

We know, they might be wrong – they often are – but nonetheless there’s nothing wrong with making some plans for how you’re going to get your work done once the winter weather arrives – whenever that might be! Last winter was rough, so we hope these tips will help you get ready for the worst, and more importantly, keep you ahead of the game. Continue Reading…

Taking Care of your FR Wear

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Flame resistant (FR) clothing saves lives because it significantly reduces burn injury, gives the wearer escape time, and increases chances of survival. Providing FR clothing demonstrates management’s commitment to safety and employee well-being. It can improve morale, as well as increase safety.

FR clothing can only provide protection if the wearer follows garment manufacturers’ recommendations for proper use:

  • Wear garments properly – collars closed, sleeves and cuffs down and secured, shirt tails tucked, closures secured, and other manufacturer recommendations.
  • Wear looser-fitting garments that provide adequate mobility.
  • Do not wear non-FR clothing over FR garments. The outermost layer must be FR
  • Wear only FR or non-melting undergarments (e.g. cotton, silk, wool.)
  • Wash garments thoroughly after each wearing to remove contaminants.
  • Do not put on or take off the garment in proximity of flammable gasses, vapors, dusts, or in other potentially explosive environments.
  • In potentially explosive atmospheres, proper grounding procedures must be used.
  • Wear garments with the appropriate arc rating as dictated by an electric arc hazard analysis. Consult employer if unsure.

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Proper Care and Prevention of Corns

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It’s amazing how a tiny little bump of skin on your foot can cause so much pain and discomfort. If you’ve ever had a corn on your foot, you know how unpleasant it can be. Corns are preventable, but if you do have the unfortunate occurrence of getting one, they are also treatable.

Corns are thick, hardened pieces of dead skin, and they usually occur on the tops and sides of toes. They can make walking very painful. They develop because of rubbing and friction and pressure on the skin. Some corns are caused by an improper walking motion, but most corns are caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Some corns also occur on the bottom of the feet and some doctors believe this is caused by blocked sweat ducts.

So in order to prevent corns from occurring in the first place, the best course of action is to make sure your shoes or boots fit properly. Make sure you have the proper size and that they are not too wide or too narrow, or fit too tightly. If you can’t wiggle your toes in your shoes or boots, they are too tight. Also, keep in mind that your feet might not be exactly the same size. You might need two different sized shoes or boots. Continue Reading…

Don’t be a Statistic: Prevent Back Pain on the Job

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They have hard heads to protect your head. Steel toe boots to protect your toes. And safety goggles to protect your eyes. But none of those things protect you from the injury you are most likely to suffer at work: Back problems. Avoiding back problems is the most important health-related priority you can have when working in the trades.

If you’ve ever come home from work and felt an aching back, there are some things you can do in the future to help with avoiding back problems. The Center for Construction Research and Training says the construction industries have the highest rate of back injuries other than the transportation industry. One in every four of all construction industry injuries every year are back injuries, causing 1 in every 100 construction workers to miss work.

These injuries, on average, cause the worker to lose seven days of work, but often, it’s much more than that, sometimes more than a month. Most back problems are caused by low-back injuries, and repeated injuries can cause permanent damage and even disability. The most common back injuries are strains and sprains caused by lifting, pulling, carrying, and pushing things at work. If you work with heavy loads, you are obviously more likely to suffer a back injury. But your chances of getting injured are also elevated if you spend a lot of time working bent over, or twisting and turning while carrying heavy objects — activities which are common in many of the trades and other blue-collar work, not just construction. Continue Reading…

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