PPE Personal Protective Equipment. The only standard of attire accepted on site. Big blue coveralls, insulated steel toed boots paired with the right color hard hat. Those hats are color coded. Green means exactly that, green, a newbie on the job. Red is emergency, white is for foremen and blue is hard core skilled labor depending on the company you work for.
Next is eye protection. They used to be pretty geeky but now the frames are styled up to blend in with current sunglasses. Some areas demand mandatory ear protection and in spite of how they look, there are no speakers in them.
PPE in full ensemble is a few steps back from a space suite if you are trying to operate delicate camera gear and Brian knows a lot about it.
He has a full, well worn working kit of it. If you don’t carry your own PPE gear on site you must borrow gear. If you borrow gear there is no guarantee you will get your size. The blue coveralls they stock at the rig site seem to only come in 2 sizes, Hulk and Snooki. There is a funny story about Brian having to wear “Snooki” sized coveralls. Trying to lift up your leg in a Onesie that is too short in the crotch can be very dangerous! Luckily Brian only fell a few feet, the cameras were fine. That was inspiration enough to shell out for the complete outfit for all weather conditions.
Rig sites and plant facilities have their own special brand of fashion awareness. Show up in the wrong stuff and see how good you feel about it. It’s not an easy look to pull off. You can go to Marks and buy crisp new everything to code but you will look like it’s your first day at school. No one ever liked stiff new blue jeans and no one likes stiff new coveralls. They have to be worn, distressed, just greasy enough. Same goes for hard hats. Many display a collage of hard core graphic stickers and accreditation seals. It’s a patina that can only be achieved through a measure of time. The look reads “experienced” you can’t fake it.
Here’s a look at rocking PPE
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