What does the old adage mean: Work smarter, not harder? To a great extent, working smart is about safety first and preparation as well.

In this article, we’ll give you some tips and guidelines for the Jobsite gear you should make sure you bring to your job site so that you can arrive better prepared. These tips will first cover your safety as well as practical tools to help you in a wide variety of situations.

Personal Protective Equipment

A hard hat is only the beginning. Occupational safety, in large part, begins with personal protective equipment (PPE).

Protection equipment helps prevent reduce the risk of:

  • Exposure to harmful bacteria
  • Exposure or the spread of germs
  • Inhalation or absorption of chemical irritants
  • Helps prevent physical injuries
  • Promotes harmony among construction workers

In some job sites, PPE is provided for you. However, make sure you keep and maintain your own protective gear just in case. This way you are in a better position to ensure that your equipment is kept clean, in good condition, and you model safety for others.

Gloves

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, hand injury is the second leading cause of workers missing work. It is second, only to back injury. In 70% of the injuries sustained, the construction worker was not wearing gloves.

Not only are safety gloves indispensable to protecting you against heat, burns, and chemical irritants, but they protect your hands from cuts and abrasions too.

There are many different types of safety gloves available. For construction, simple cotton or coated fabric gloves may not be strong enough for the tasks required of you. Leather gloves or Kevlar gloves might be the strongest and the most versatile.

Adding a good pair of gloves your job-site gear is a must. Remember, by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Having multiple backup pairs of gloves is not overkill. On the contrary, it is highly advised.

Job Site Radio

Not all the tips on our list center around safety. It is possible, after all, to be safe, work hard, and enjoy your time as well.

The best jobsite radios out there are specifically build for heavy duty construction site use. They can provide excellent audio as well as portability, long battery life, and durability for unavoidable bumps and knocks.

Bringing a good radio to your job site will not only let you enjoy music and radio frequencies while you work. But, I bet being the one who brings the radio will win you some points with your co-workers.

Walkie-talkie or Two-way Radio

Walkie-talkies are ideal for working construction sites to ensure communication between workers not around your area. They provide a sturdy, durable, easy-to-use solution.

Make sure you try to stay connected and stay in the loop. Don’t forget what could be the most important communication device for your job site.

Multi-tool or Knife

As its name suggests, a multi-tool will serve you in many different situations. Also known as a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman, a multi-tool combines many small tools from the blade, corkscrew, screwdriver, and tweezers into one pocket-size device.

The multi-tool is often the solution to minor problems or inconveniences, generally unforeseen or unaccounted for. However, if you are prepared with a multi-tool, these situations are not a problem for you. You have the solution right in your back pocket.

Flashlight

Did you know a flashlight was one of the most important tools for your health and safety?

Perhaps the most overlooked safety tool, a flashlight is not only indispensable for illuminating dark places. It can be of invaluable assistance when trying to read a meter or identifying tag that may be obscured by shadows. You’ll need a flashlight when looking under or between equipment, perhaps to find or follow a cable or other connection.

Unnecessary strain on your eyes often leads to headaches, stress, and fatigue. In many instances, this can be avoided or minimized by a simple flashlight.

First-aid Kit

Most accidents, if dealt with quickly and appropriately, can be prevented from escalating into emergencies that require serious care, even hospitalization, and time missed working.

You should have a first-aid kit with you at your job site. And, your first-aid kit should be well-stocked.

  • Sterile gauze dressings
  • Sterile bandages
  • Eyewash and eye baths
  • Plasters
  • Wipes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Burn dressings
  • Disposable sterile gloves
  • Distilled water for cleaning wounds

Water

Finding yourself in need of a drink when no water is available can lead to dehydration. Even on a small scale, dehydration can cause headaches, constipation, and lethargy. Feeling lethargic, in and of itself, can have many negative consequences: decreased attention and focus; an increase in the risk of accidents; and unnecessary strain on your muscles.

Water not only fights off dehydration, but it can be an effective measure against heat stroke, sore throat, and chapped lips.

Water can also help when there is a tool or surface you want to clean. And, if an irritant, even as minor as a spec of dirt, should get in your eye, having a bottle of water handy will provide immediate relief and help avoid further complications.

Bring a Towel

While your construction site may not be a day at the beach, you’ll still want to bring your towel. Cleaning up during and after a good working day will not only make you more presentable, but it can help reduce your contact with germs too. And, by being clean of dirt, germs, and sweat, you will prolong the lifespan and effectiveness of the tools and equipment you come into contact with.

A towel is also useful for sitting on during your breaks. They not will not only reduce your exposure to unclean surfaces, but they provide added cushion which will help your bones and muscles in the long run.

Bottom Line

Work smarter, not harder. There is no shortcut to preparedness.

By first bringing your hard hat and these things to your job site, you will eliminate unnecessary lost time, which in turn will increase your performance and efficiency; not to mention, it will make your work easier and increase the safety of you and others.

Think ahead. Be prepared for any eventuality. And make your construction workplace a safer, more enjoyable, and more productive environment.