Locking in your shock absorbing lanyard before the inspection.
I added a vignette to this image to guide your eyes to the story. Lights, faces, safety gloves, lanyard hook.
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I just finished the underground portion of my week long stay here in Northern Saskatchewan and I am surprised I didn’t get my new digs a little more dirty. I finally had the chance to wear my new high vis overalls that I got from my friend Anthony Gilin of www.minesafetysolutions.ca. If you are need of some new safety gear like gloves and work wear be sure to check out his inventory. You might even recognize some of the images I created on the website.
I would like to give a big shout out to Anthony Gilin of www.minesafetysolutions.ca for sending me 5 pairs of MSS Gloves for me to give away to my clients while I am on site. I have some international shoots coming up so a few of these will be visiting other Countries in the New Year. If you see me on the job, come say hi, I just might have a pair left.
They are eye-catching bright orange and look like a safety glove for Robocop. My new MSS gloves from www.minesafetysolutions.ca came in handy at the www.rahnment.com industrial shop this week while I was there creating images for www.shout-media.ca. After I was finished the shoot Thomas asked if he could try out the gloves so I created a few product images to showcase the durability of these digit protectors while he was working. It was a win-win scenario. I get to create an image to say thank you to MSS, Rahnment has another image to use in their marketing material.
I photographed Vanessa (3rd generation miner) and her Scoop Tram 10 years ago next month. I have also been lucky enough to photograph her sister and dad who are both in the Mining Industry with Vale as well. This was before high visibility PPE was required at Vale at all times while on site in Ontario which changed from blue to high vis orange on July 1st 2016.
Where the underground world is a dark place with next to no lighting your cap lamps bring some minor brightness to the people that work and interact with each other in this environment. The Hellas Gold people I met in Greece were amazing and even though with a few we had the language barrier it was easy to connect with them as they take pride in their jobs, the company and the people they work with. Its a challenge to capture images with such minimal light but when you do you get a true feeling of the darkness that is always present in the underground.
Safety is not just about yourself, but involves everyone and everything in your working environment. Always take a moment to stop, look around and listen to what is immediately around you and inspect your surroundings top to bottom. For one shoot I had to capture a few images from a tower overlooking the facility at night. As I got to the top of the tower and was looking around I quickly noticed some movement at my feet. Trying to be as stealthy as possible and not causing any more stress to the occupants of the balcony I quickly and silently descended back to the ground to locate another vantage point to shoot from. Happily momma bird arrived back on scene shortly after I reached the bottom. By then it was time to go for the night, but I did manage to capture some images throughout the night and above (on the opposite tower). No matter how big or small be safe for all.
As the seasons change here in Ontario so does the apparel I wear on the job site. Recently I started wearing my Green Custom High Visibility Vest manufactured by Ago Industries. I photographed their facility and processes a few years ago and as a thank you they made me this High Visibility Vest to wear on my shoots. I have had it tucked away as I tend to wear a 1 piece overall but now that the cold weather is hear and I am layering up, this vest is perfect to still keep me visible.
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