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Your hands are some of the most important tools you’ll use on and off the job, and it’s critical that you keep them protected as much as possible. We at PK Safety wouldn’t sell a glove that we wouldn’t trust to keep us safe at work, and we personally vet our products to ensure that they’re good enough for our customers.
Rigger gloves are gloves specifically designed for oil rig workers, but they can handle work in many other industries thanks to features designed for heavy-duty work that involves a lot of lifting and handling of rough or unfinished materials in hazardous conditions. These specialized work gloves are similar to mechanic-style gloves and have reinforced palms, usually made of leather, and padded backing with a strap to protect the knuckles. They fit loosely for quick removal in case of an emergency. While they’re especially handy for the oil and gas industry, they’re great for any job that requires heavy-duty work and continuous use, as well as jobs with hazards from abrasions, lacerations, and impacts. This protection can come with additional features for other jobs, such as protection from extreme temperatures or chemicals.
Rigger gloves are sturdy gloves designed for many different kinds of heavy-duty work. They’re especially good for working with cables. Cables typically have a rough texture that can cause injuries when handled with bare hands, which makes proper gloves with reinforced hand protection essential. However, they have many uses in addition to cable pulling and rigging. Workers in warehouses, auto mechanic shops, factories, roadwork, landscaping, construction, and other industries with serious hand-related hazards get a lot of use out of rigger gloves. These gloves are also designed with reinforcements in areas like the palms, veins, knuckles, and forefingers—areas that are very vulnerable in general, but especially on oil rigs and other industries with hand hazards.
A lot of the qualities you’re looking for in a glove will depend on your industry and job, which will determine the sorts of hazards that you face when you’re at work. When you’re researching the perfect gloves for your team, though, there are some general qualities to keep in mind.
We can’t stress enough that it’s important for your rigger gloves to have reinforced areas where the hands are most vulnerable to injury. Simple protection isn’t enough—look for specific safety features like reinforced patches and doubled layers. Protective pads in the glove will protect your hands whenever tools, pipes, or machinery slip and could cause an impact. Grip is an important part of how these gloves work as well because you need to be able to maintain your grip on tools and other equipment in wet and slippery conditions.
Rigger gloves should be durable and long-lasting and designed for continual use and strenuous tasks. Many work gloves out there, because they weren’t designed for heavy-duty work or because they were poorly made, can’t stand up to the rigors required to maintain their safety features long term. Durable gloves might be a more expensive option upfront but will pay for themselves in the long run because of the money you’ll save with not having to replace them. Look for premium materials like high-quality leather when looking for rigger gloves.
A glove that’s comfortable and breathable is more likely to be worn and used. It will also make work easier because you won’t be sweating and constantly removing the gloves to dry them off or cool off. Look for materials like cotton and features that increase ventilation. This comfort extends to extreme temperatures as well—a properly-insulated glove can improve safety and productivity. Rigger gloves are often the choice for cold weather hand protection for oil and gas industries. Lightweight materials not only make the gloves more comfortable to wear, but they will also make them more dexterous, which is great on a lot of jobs.
Safety gloves that fit are also essential for comfort, safety, and productivity. If gloves have a poor fit, they could be more dangerous than not wearing gloves at all when it comes to handling heavy and dangerous materials. If they’re too tight, they can restrict movement and cause a lot of discomfort and even injuries. Gloves that have seams on the palms and across the back are usually comfortable and fit better. Also, look for hook and loop fastening on the wrist band to avoid having gloves that slip off while you’re working.