College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The purpose of this project was to analyze the high visibility safety vest as currently designed and recreate a safety vest for use in the construction industry. Safety vests play a prevalent role in the construction industry relating to safety and productivity on site. A vest is used for being a high visibility (hi-vis) personal protective equipment (PPE) device that provides 360-degree visibility for its wearers while simultaneously working to help carry small, necessary items. In recent years, the design of safety vests is shifting with the increase of females in the industry, representing a larger variety of body types to be protected on a jobsite. This project is focused on the preliminary design of three newly created vests designed for use and discussion for the Verifying Everyone’s Safety Together (VEST) Hackathon, which promoted the development of vest that fit varying body types for both safety and inclusion. This paper analyzes the uprising issue of vest fit, questioning the safety that the vests are providing, as well as how they are making females and other non-conforming sizing people feel. After reviewing data on fit, three preliminary designs were created with the goal of accommodating multiple body types.

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