PPE and Safety

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  1. Mel

    Mel Member

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    I want to open this can of worms :LOL:

    I've come to realize that not alot of people wear hi viz, or even eye pro.

    My hope is that below, you'll state your current safety setup and why you have or haven't adopted certain things. I'm not here to judge, I'm just curious. I'll go first!

    The 'super safety' mentality was beaten into me from the start, so I use:

    - class 2 or higher hi viz long sleeve shirt
    - CSA approved eyewear
    - cut resistant gloves for climbing, leathers for on the ground/rigging
    - Saw pants
    - saw boots
    - flip-down helmet visor
    - ear pro w/ Sena

    This may seem a little over the top for some people, but our absolute commitment to this list has helped us get alot of jobs. We get alot of walk-up customers that say they were blown away by the level of safety and that it looks incredibly professional.

    Dress for the job you want ;)
     
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    I almost ALWAYS wear some sort of high vis shirt, and I require my groundsmen to wear a high vis vest as well. I do this even if we aren't working anywhere near a street, because in my opinion it makes us look more professional. I also usually always have sunglasses on unless it's cloudy and they make it hard to see, but I also have a helmet with the flip down screen and ear muffs. Some form of protective boots (steel toe, etc.), and pants. Haven't actually bought any saw pants for climbing yet just because I've had other expenses. Lately I've been climbing without gloves just because I find it easier working with the ropes etc.
     
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  3. TCtreeswinger

    TCtreeswinger Well-Known Member

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    The blue safety glasses from tree stuff are awesome on overcast days it makes everything slightly brighter but not crazy and distorted like yellows.
     
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    CutHighnLetFly Well-Known Member

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    sena comm set up has undoubtably improved safety
    Ansi approved glasses
    Bright shirts
    Pants cause no one likes to expose their willy to sawdust or saddle chaffing right
    Chaps for ground cutting
    Steel toe boots.
     
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  5. Mel

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    Nice, guys. this is exactly what I wanted.

    @CutHighnLetFly
    Just curious, you cut without gloves too?
     
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    I'll keep my shirt on on a frosty morn, but most daze just flip flops and my cowboy hat.
     
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    Maybe it just me, but that sounds kinda sexy bro!
     
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    Yes, but wearing them chaps would make it gay.
     
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    Cant a straight dude just feel sexy every now and then in flip flops, a nice hat, and some chaps on a sunny day? Havent we moved on from this super macho crap?

    Be super sexy. Bring it back man, bring it back.
     
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    Situational awareness needs to top the list, along with proper techniques.

    These are your first line of defense.

    PPE is your last line of defense.


    That being said, I pretty much run all the safety gear, and my crew does all the time, and I'm a safety nazi.

    Every day the plan has to be that everyone goes home with no near misses. PPE doesn't do squat against a 100 or a 1000 pounds launched from the sky. One of several standing rules, Don't Get Crushed.



    Recently, I had a guy go to the hospital. He looked at the open tool box on the truck canopy (possibly having opened it himself), and said to himself that he was done in there, should shut it, should shut it, should shut it. He opened his face on the steel box instead. They glued shut a 1' wound under his eye after cleaning.

    See my first statement in this post.




    Lots of safety gear keeps away tire kickers.
     
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    Ive taken to wearing Hi-Vis undies when working, but for some reason everybody still can't see me in the woods?
     
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    That s cuz your hiding behind 8' diameter stems.

    @southsoundtree I don't use gloves at all, but currently slowly trying to change that. I've been having slow physical break downs in my arms and i believe using gloves for cutting and long climbs will help
     
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    Reminds me of the time I went to shoot some pool in a gay bar called "The Jack Hammer" but will save that story for another time! (true story)
     
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    No no no no...story time kind sir.
     
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    I hated gloves until I went srt. The added grip made a huge difference. It sucks getting them stuck in hitch/wrench but worth it long term. Stopped in a bar once by accident waiting for tires on my truck but I think those stories are better suited for "life in the temperate zone"
     
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    Got a call from a buddy once telling me about this new bar with a great beer selection, wings, burgers, etc.
    He told me the name of this Short North bar and I said "Jeff...look around for a second would you? Ya see any chicks in there?"

    He laughed and said " Oh Hell...food's good..."
     
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    Moo Moo Buckeroo!
     
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    It's an old hat having lived here for 20 years or so. Don't notice or give a damn anymore.
     
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    I for one am about as socially liberal as your gonna find and believe we should all be allowed to live as we please as long as we are not harming anyone.
     
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    I'm wearing pretty much the same as CutHigh. no gloves until my hands are cold.
    I do get pretty tired of breaking skin on my hands tho. I just had a spruce branch rip open my ring finger as I was throwing, which sucked. I usually joke about growing my own gloves, but the ones you can take off and replace seem...smarter.
     
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