Hand Protection When Working with Concrete is Vital

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

If you work with concrete in any capacity on a regular basis, you know that it is imperative that you have adequate protection to guard against injury. In this industry, there are so many different tasks that happen at a job site, most of which require the use of heavy duty, dangerous machinery.
With the use of this machinery and other tools, one of the key features to look for in your work gloves are that they’re anti-vibration. Gloves that are engineered with this feature will help reduce the amount of movement and vibration that happens when using mechanical equipment and can cause injury. In addition, you should shop for gloves that are well-fitting and offer excellent dexterity and keep your hands warm without interfering with circulation.
One of our favorite anti-vibration work gloves is the BOSS Impact Hi-Vis Glove. These gloves are comfortable yet tough with their synthetic leather palms and PVC texture dots. The synthetic leather offers comfort and durability and the PVC dots enhance grip in all conditions. The knuckles and back of the hand are molded and have additional padding that will help defend against incessant vibration while using heavy machinery and tools.
Another key feature you should have in your work gloves when working with concrete is water resistance. Working with wet concrete can create a severe hazard for workers because it can cause very painful skin burns, as wet concrete can eat through skin and inadequate gloves. It is important to keep your hands warm and dry to avoid this type of injury.
A great pair of heavy duty, chemical resistant, waterproof work gloves are the Frogwear 8490. These gloves are constructed to be super flexible and comfortable, while offering a sand paper like grip on the palms of the glove that will allow you to handle machinery in any condition. They are also lined with a soft terrycloth that will keep your hands comfortable. These will be a great option for working with wet cement for a long period of time.
If you are working with wet cement for a brief period of time and don’t need to deal with a more heavy duty pair of work gloves, you could also employ a pair of disposable nitrile gloves. We especially like these Panther Guard Orange Nitrile Gloves because they are hi-vis, thick, and have an interior white layer which will help you know when your gloves are worn. Disposable nitrile gloves should only be used for brief periods of handling wet cement. If you will be working for an extended period of time, be sure to use a more heavy duty work glove to ensure that you do not experience a painful burn.

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