Many jobs don’t require any special support or equipment, but some do. In fact, some jobs that require safely equipment might surprise you. Working as a stocker in a grocery store, for example, often requires you to wear a back support since you’ll be doing a lot of heavy lifting.
Back supports are the most common piece of work safety equipment, and anyone who does a lot of heavy lifting on a regular basis should probably use one. Some of these back supports simply Velcro around your waste, while others feature straps that look similar to suspenders. Both types give your back the support it needs when bending, lifting, or carrying heavy objects.
Lumbar belts provide lumbar support to your lower back when bending or lifting. These belts help you keep proper posture. The belt is flexible enough to provide support in all the correct places while you move yet still keep your back fully supported. Some lumbar belts feature shoulder straps for extra support, while others leave off the shoulder straps to give you more mobility.
If you’ll be doing a lot of work down low, you may want to invest in a pair of knee pads. While you can purchase a set of knee pads from anywhere, you may want to invest in specific knee pads for work situations. These types of knee pads include shock absorbers and layers of padding to reduce vibration.
Finally, if you’ll be running equipment that vibrates or shakes often, you may want to get a pair of anti-vibration gloves. These gloves help insulate your hands and redistribute the vibrations so that your hands don’t go numb. Again, any regular pair of gloves will help somewhat, but gloves made specifically to cut down on vibrations are going to help protect your hands more.