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Why are high visibility vests important in work zones?

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Construction workers have to do everything they can to remain safe. It’s up to their employer to ensure that this happens. Unfortunately, some construction companies try to skimp on safety gear. This can put the workers in great danger. 

One thing that all construction workers must have is a high visibility vest. Donning one of these vests at the start of their shift can go a long way toward keeping the worker safe. 

What properties should a high visibility vest have?

The time of day that the employee is working determines what properties must be present. Because some workers cover more than one shift, many have a vest that has both of the primary safety features. 

Bright, fluorescent colors are ideal for use during the day because they can make the workers easy to spot. Those colors won’t do any good at night, so workers who are doing their job duties in the dark should have reflective markings on their vests. This enables people to see them when lights flash on them. 

While having an appropriate safety vest is important, it isn’t the only thing that these workers need to remain safe. It’s up to the employer to find equipment and procedures that provide the best protection for their employees. When they don’t do this, it’s possible that the workers will suffer harm in an incident that could have been prevented. 

What can you do after a workplace injury?

Anyone who’s injured while they’re working should remember that workers’ compensation coverage handles medical care expenses related to the injuries. Other benefits might also be available, depending on the situation.