To lead on from my previous post on fencing you need quite a few safety things to keep everyone happy. (And yeah I suppose it makes us look like professionals, oh wait, that's what we're meant to be...)
So back in the day on the good old dairy farms where we did all of our fencing, we'd just be out there in the summer clothes in the middle of summer, between stock movements or milking and trying to get a new fenceline up over a few days. The tractor driver would have earmuffs, and whoever operated the post banger would have them too cos that monkey hitting the mark is jolly loud.
These days when we're fencing in all sorts of conditions; dairy farms, lifestyle blocks, sheep/beef, residential fencing, because we try to make ourselves look 'professional' and because of all the safety requirements as of late, we have to stick to a few guns. So, bright yellow/green high-viz vests, earmuffs for everyone around the tractor, and Dad has a hard hat while working with the post banger. Work boots for the guys, as they're always tramping around on all sorts of ground, gloves to protect your hands, sunnies or safety glasses when dealing with wire or staple guns. We've always stuck to the good old chaps and such for chainsaw use, so that hasn't changed at all.
Me, I'm finding it a little odd, walking around in a bright yellow vest, although it is good to hold things. Then using my brothers' tool belt (and annoying him by continually tightening it hehe). As of late I've been scrambling around in my good old skellerup gumboots. Not much to them apart from the steel-cap toe.
But, as of today I've moved up in the world! What do you think, aren't they awesome?!