Originally Posted by coolluv
Company policies for all of the large construction companies I worked for prohibited the use of ear buds and radio headphones because of the inability to hear warning signals, horns, backup alarms etc.
Same here but I was required to wear hearing protection and couldn't hear any of those things you listed either.
I've had supers come up behind my while I'm running wood through a table saw or planer and had them grab my shoulder because they were shouting at me and I couldn't hear them. They couldn't understand while I told them to never touch someone while they are operating equipment. They couldn't understand that that table saw or planer couldn't tell the difference between my hand and the wood.