The ergonomics of loading counterweights place your hands at risk of being crushed and banged about pretty badly. You need to both protect your hands from outside abuse and to keep a good grip on those steel bricks lest you let one slip away and kill someone below.
Showa-Best Glove Company has a good solution to that problem. Their S-Tex 300 and S-Tex 350 work gloves have rubber or nitrile palms for good grip, and they come in a safety neon yellow your buddy on the Loading Gallery doesn't forget where your hands are and plop a 20 pound brick down on one or both of them.
|Showa-Best Glove S-Tex 300|