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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…

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…

National Safety Apparel: Keeping you Safe in all Environments

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Here at Working Person’s Store, we’re always keen to share as much as we can about the brands we carry. Why? Because it’s important to us that you know more about the stuff that keeps you safe on the job.

So with your safety in mind, let’s take a closer look at one of our most safety conscious brands, National Safety Apparel. Primarily focusing on industrial clothing, their gear is designed to protect you from electrical arc, heat, and cuts. And they’ve been doing it for over 78 years, designing and making industry leading protective clothing and safety apparel, right here in the USA.

Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, NSA led the way using the very latest fabrics and technologies. They are Continue Reading…

The Black Stallion Arcster A60 Gloves by Revco Industries

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Count on WorkingPerson.com to stock one of the first arc rated supple leather gloves on the market in the Black Stallion Arcster A60 gloves, a Revco Industries product, by a company you recognize for its testing, design, and quality protection.

Any one with an eye for quality would zero in on the functional details of this glove with is agile, softly tanned, kidskin leather.  This material, as you may well recognize from a simple pair of deer skin gloves, boasts exceptional comfort – and there’s no doubt it’s true here, too.  ArcsterTM’s A60 fire-resistant leather gloves were devised for and boast an amazing level of dexterity for hand protection. These FR gloves have an ATPV of 25.7 cal/cm2 and meet ASTM F1959 standards for flame-resistance.  This ease of movement consideration by Revco Industries in making the ArcsterTM A60 gloves means designers accounted for hand fatigue – and for you – the A60’s dexterousness means less stress on finger and hand muscles than stiff leather options of the past. Continue Reading…

When Safety Footwear Becomes a Hazard

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One way we can protect ourselves from workplace hazards is by wearing the proper safety footwear.  Safety shoes and boots can help workers avoid the dangers of chemicals, flames and slipping while on the job.  Most would agree that wearing the proper footwear is essential to a job where there are safety risks involved, however, we often fail to realize how our safety footwear can become a hazard itself.

Looking at industrial footwear as a subcategory of footwear as a whole, industrial footwear is subject to greater wear and tear at a faster rate than other types of footwear, namely the degradation of the midsole and outsole.  This is mainly due to the tasks being performed while wearing safety footwear and the hard surfaces which it is used on.  When the shock absorbing midsoles and outsoles (usually made out of polyurethanes) wear down, shock absorption, balance and motion control decreases significantly, causing more muscle fatigue and pain. Continue Reading…

Foot Ailments: Causes, Prevention, Advice

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You are on your feet, working most of the day, so naturally your feet require specialized care. A doctor specializing in foot care is a podiatrist. He can contribute to your total health, starting at the feet. Whether you need regular preventive care or surgery to correct a deformity, information is the strongest weapon against foot ailments. In order to keep your feet healthy, be familiar with the most common ills that affect them. Be aware that self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one, and is generally not advisable. Continue Reading…

The iPod Generation at Work: What to Watch For

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Should you listen to music while on the job, or not? It’s a question employees consider more and more in this digital age, and it’s important for employers to consider as well. Developing a workplace policy for listening to music, among other workplace safety policies is a good recommendation for employers, for reasons of productivity as well as safety.

There’s an argument to be made that workers are more motivated at work when they are listening to music. Especially in quieter, non-hazardous environments, like an office. Music can mask background noise, so the employee can focus, and it also improves the employee’s mood and productivity. Some employees even have a better perception of their company as a result. So in these cases, using a personal listening device, like an iPod, can actually be a benefit to both employer and employee. Continue Reading…

High-Visibility Clothing: The Right Choice in Any Weather

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If there’s two things we know about high-visibility workwear, it’s these: It’s important to wear, and most workers hate to. The reasons for wearing it are obvious and important; it provides much-needed visibility in hazardous road-side work environments. But the worker’s reasons fornot wearing it are just as valid. It’s uncomfortable. It’s cumbersome. It gets in the way, making more trouble than it’s worth. At least, in the eyes of the wearer. Continue Reading…

What Happens if You Don’t Wear Work Gloves?

How To Address Working People Who Don't Wear Work Gloves

Raise your hand if you’ve heard any of these excuses before: “I can do a better job without gloves” or “gloves get in the way of good grip” or “wearing gloves makes my hands sweaty and slippery.” Statistics show that wearing protective gloves in industrial work reduces the risk of hand injury by a whopping 60 percent. Yet time and time again, getting employees to wear protective gloves proves to be one of the biggest challenges employers face. Continue Reading…

Understanding Compliance Requirements for High-Visibility Safety Clothing

High Visibility Clothing Requirements

To most people, a safety vest is a safety vest. Orange or lime green, big or small, it’s all the same. But one look at some sobering statistics, and you’ll realize otherwise. You’ll realize the importance of having the correct and compliant safety vest for your line of work.

According to the 2011 NSC Injury Fact Book, there were 667 fatalities and 28,958 injuries in work zone crashes in 2009. That’s almost two deaths per day. And it’s two too many. These statistics show that struck-by accidents remain a major workplace hazard. And they outline the importance of making sure your safety vest is fully compliant.

Because the fact is, it’s easy to wear one that isn’t compliant, without even knowing it. High-visibility apparel has become an iconic part of the image of the blue-collar worker. You see them in commercials on road construction workers, airline and transportation workers, law enforcement and other service personnel. And most of those times, in those commercials, they’re wearing a vest that isn’t compliant. Continue Reading…

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