A Guide to Scaffolding Gloves & Important Considerations

In the scaffolding world, gloves are a crucial part of your safety equipment. Anyone who works in the scaffolding business will tell you that they need to find a glove that is comfortable, and gets the job done.

Considerations when Buying Scaffolding Gloves

Before deciding what type of glove you need, there are a couple things you need to take into consideration.

1. Local climate

The first thing is the local climate. Due to the fact that scaffolding work is performed both indoors and outdoors, you need to find a glove that suits your local climate. If you work outside, and your region experiences a lot of rain, you need to ensure that it is waterproof. If you work in a cold climate, you need to find a glove that provides protection against the cold.

2. Can you work with them on

Along with keeping your hands warm and dry, you need to make sure you can actually work with the gloves on. Unfortunately, it is far too common for workers to have a pair of gloves, but they take them off because they lack the dexterity required to complete the task at hand. So it is crucial that you or your employees communicate if you are unable to perform the work with the gloves on.

3. Comfort

Comfort is another huge factor. Along with the dexterity that was mentioned above, you and your employees need to be comfortable wearing the glove. You will likely be wearing it all day, and thus having a glove that is comfortable will make the work that much more enjoyable.

4. Puncture & abrasive-resistant

The glove must be puncture-resistant and abrasive-resistant. When working in the scaffolding business, you may have to handle many rough pieces of steel, and so they need to resist the abrasion your hand faces when handling the different pieces.

5. Budget

Lastly, you need to find a glove that fits your budget, but that you expect to lose. One of the many problems with gloves is that they are more likely to get lost than other tools. They can often slip out of a pocket, and all it takes is one hand being lost to require buying a new pair. So it is important to find a pair that fits your budget, but that you expect will eventually get lost or need to be replaced because of wear and tear.

Recommended Scaffolding Gloves

With the above points in mind, below are a couple examples of good gloves.

Maxiflex 34-874 Ultimate Nitrile Grip Work Gloves, 3 Piece

Maxiflex 34-874 Ultimate Nitrile Grip Work Gloves, Medium, 3 Piece

These gloves provide excellent grip and abrasion resistance. It also comes in a pack of three, which means that if you lose one hand, or one hand wears more than the other, you have a backup. The wrist is designed to prevent debris from entering, which is a huge plus when working in a dusty environment (eg: cement plant).

Golden Scute Freezer Winter Work Gloves

Golden Scute Freezer Winter Work Gloves

These gloves are great for working in colder temperatures thanks to their fleece liner. They also provide excellent abrasion resistance. They also allow users to use their mobile phones, which is great if you need to document materials on your smartphone as your move them to and from the jobsite.

Intra-FIT Impressive Extrication Gloves

Intra-FIT Impressive Extrication Gloves

This is a much more durable glove than some of the others listed. Some regions including the palm of the hand have extra reinforcement, which will slow the wear rate.


Above you have three examples of gloves that are good for the scaffolding industry. There are an infinite number of gloves available on the market, and the important thing is to make sure that they meet your requirements.

You may need to have several pairs of gloves, that you may change over the course of the day. This can be based on the temperature variations over the course of the day, or simply the types of scaffolding parts you are transporting.

It can also change depending on if you are moving pieces to site, or installing sections of the scaffolding. When installing, you will require more dexterity, and therefore you may require a different glove than the one you were using to transport the materials onto the site.

Whichever gloves you purchase, the important thing is that you are able to work with them on, and you do not have the necessity to remove them.

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About Alex Neumann

Alex has spent most of his working life in the concrete and cement business. While working in these manufacturing facilities, he worked on several projects, where health and safety was always the biggest priority. Whether it be working on small ready-mix concrete sites at minus 30 degrees Celcius (-22 Farenheit), or working inside large cement manufacturing facilities, working at heights meant requiring scaffolding to reach the hard to get-to places. It also meant working in areas where a fall could be dangerous or even deadly. From these various experiences, he developed an understanding and appreciation of scaffolding.

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