The Importance of Hand Protection: Superior Gloves Offer a Superior Product

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The Importance of Hand Protection
Superior Gloves offer workers superior protection for hand safety.

Gloves are one of the best known pieces of protective clothing with a rich and storied history that reaches back to the birth of modern civilization.  Ancient Egyptian boxers wore wrappings to protect their hands, and medieval knights and archers wore many types of gloves from leather finger guards to heavy metal gauntlets.  Baseball gloves made an appearance to protect players' hands in the late 1870's.  Doug Allison, a catcher for the Cincinatti Red Stockings, is the first player known to wear a glove in 1870.  And in 1875, Charlie Wait, a first baseman for St. Louis, was reported to wear a glove--not at all surprising that catchers and first basemen would be the first ball players to recognize the value of hand protection.

Fast forward to modern industry and the wearing of protective gloves is commonplace to protect workers from a variety of potential hand injuries:  cuts, abrasions and contusions; heat burns; electrical burns; harmful chemical exposure; just to name a few risks.  Of crucial importance is to use the right glove to protect against the type of risks involved with the work you are doing.  Leather, canvas or metal mesh gloves may prove most effective against cuts, burns and punctures; insulating rubber gloves may offer better protection against electrical hazards; while working with chemicals may demand the use of liquid resistant gloves.  There is no substitute, though, for being acutely aware of your company's safety policies and the safety precautions associated with any particular task or materials or machines and tools in use.  The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers rigorous guidance regarding personal protection equipment and hand protection at https://www.osha.gov.  While there are limits to any protective gear as pressures, heat, levels of toxicity, etc., climb to extreme levels, hopefully, wearing protective gloves will prevent injury from the more commonplace and less extreme workplace risks and save your all important fingers and hands from abuse--Gloves are truly a low cost solution to keep you safe!

Seven Practical Steps to Safer Truck Driving

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Slick driving conditions due to snow, ice, and freezing rain is a common cause for overturned trucks.
Slick driving conditions due to snow, ice, and freezing rain is a common cause for overturned trucks.

Transporting oil and gas or mining and moving rock requires trucks and lots of them traveling long distances. Trucks also supply needed equipment, water, and any number of necessary supplies to make field operations run smoothly. Without skilled truckers, the oil, gas, and mining industries might as well pack up and go home. Skilled is emphasized because the vast majority of drivers powering the big rigs are about as far removed from the regular car driver as an air force pilot is from a kite flyer. But, there are also a few among the vast army of professionals who are not as well trained or should just plain know better. That is where the epic fail photographs come into play of trucks stuck in impossible angles either on or off the road.

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