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Staying Dry When the Weather’s Wet

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Spring is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about putting away the warm winter gear and getting into gear that can keep you dry even during a downpour. When you work outside you need gear that can withstand every type of weather, and in Canada – especially in the spring - that means rain and wind. It’s very hard to be productive when you’re cold and wet, and getting a chill could lead to illness, which can lead to days off of work – so staying dry is very important for any employee who works outside...

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Insoles

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Because Life is Too Short to Wear Boots That Hurt Your Feet Even when you’ve done everything right and picked a work boot that fits properly and is the right size, after a few months, you may start to notice that your feet are sore at the end of the day or that your arches hurt. Standing all day is tough on your feet, and even with good work socks you may find that you need a little more support, enter insoles. It used to be that insoles were primarily for adjusting the fit of shoes – making shoes that...

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Protecting Your Head on the Job

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Like safety shoes, eyewear, and hearing protection, head protection is a critical part of your work wardrobe. Head protection is mandatory in any environment where there could be impact to the head, including (but not limited to): falling objects, slips and falls, and bumping against or into objects. Hard hats are the only piece of safety equipment that protect against concussions and skull fractures – two injuries that can have lasting or even lethal effects. Type 1 Hard Hat Type 2 Hard Hat There are two different types of hard hats available at Work Authority, Type 1 and Type 2....

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Composite Safety Shoes – What Exactly Are They?

Posted by Katherine Burlock on

For a long time, wearing safety footwear meant wearing steel toed boots. Steel toed boots are great, but they have some definite drawbacks, the biggest one being their weight. Steel toed boots are heavy and if your job involves doing a lot of walking, the extra weight can take a toll. Fortunately, there’s now an alternative that is still CSA approved but is lighter than steel toed boots – composite. As the name suggests, composite safety footwear is made up of multiple materials that together, give the same safety as steel toed shoes. The most common formulation of the composite...

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What to do When Jack Frost Nips at more than your Nose

Posted by Katherine Burlock on

The two most common environmental injuries to Canadian outdoor workers are, in order of prevalence, sunburn and frostbite. While it is possible to get sunburnt year round, frostbite is a concern only in the colder half of the year in most of Canada. Frostbite can be serious – if left untreated it can lead to the loss of fingers and toes – but it is possible to prevent frostbite, and treatment for early stage frostbite can be done at home or on the jobsite. What is frostbite? Frostbite is the medical term describing what happens when tissue (skin) freezes due...

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