They're perhaps one of the most common forms of PPE, but safety gloves are rarely given the same care and consideration as fall harnesses, safety eyewear, or work boots.
Consider this: hand injuries are the second leading cause of work-related injuries, sending over one million workers to the emergency room every year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 70 percent of workers whose hands were injured were not wearing gloves at the time. The remaining 30 percent did wear gloves, but they were inadequate, damaged, or the wrong type for the type of hazard present.
The gloves you choose matter. But with so many different features and manufacturer claims, it can be a tricky field to navigate. While the most expensive gloves may indeed be the right fit for you, the price isn't a strong indicator of the quality or their suitability for a particular application. In fact, there are a number of other factors that matter far more than the price point, and it's critical to factor those into your final decision.