adj. Relating to a worker who wears an orange safety vest while on the job.
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Do your employees prioritise safety above all else, everywhere everyday? Thought not. Blue-collar and orange-collar workers tend to be more safety-savvy than their white-collar colleagues, but even then the pressures of getting the job done on time often get in the way of safety.
—“Safety begins with S but starts with U,” Healthworks for You, September 01, 2012
Hays said recruiters were now referring to the high-paying resources sector jobs as "orange collar" workers, a reference to the high visibility uniforms that are so common in mining towns.

"Orange collar staff are identified by their highly technical and specialist skills. They are likely to work in remote locations, and are typified by their level of relevant training, adherence to compliance and long-term commitment to a project," the Hays report said.
—John McCarthy, “Most employers bracing for busier times, according to new employment survey,” Courier Mail, June 11, 2012
1995 (earliest)
Northern Dame Construction is one of several area flagging companies that move traffic safely through the city's umpteen road construction sites….

Why are most women?

You'll get a different answer from everyone you ask. It's because women have more patience than men. Or because they're better at taking abuse. Because it's an orange-collar ghetto.
—Sandi McDaniel, “Sign of the times: Flagman becomes flagger as women take over construction jobs,” Anchorage Daily News, September 24, 1995
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