When considering shoes for industrial and construction sites, the first thing that comes to mind is heavy-duty footwear, such as steel-toed boots and Goodyear welt structural boots. These boots are designed to protect the feet from danger and are essential personal protective equipment (PPE) in these workplaces.
When choosing shoes that help make the workplace safer, there are several factors to keep in mind. In addition to being durable, safety shoes can also provide additional traction, arch support, heat resistance, non-slip, shock absorption, and water resistance. In order to find the correct foot protection device for the workplace, a hazard assessment should be conducted to determine the type of risk that a particular workplace poses.
Aspida should never ignore the importance of safety shoes in the workplace. This is as important as wearing protective glasses or gloves. Here are some reasons.
- PROTECTION FROM HEAVY FALLING / FLYING OBJECTS
In environments where workers carry heavy objects or operate heavy machinery and/or vehicles, protective safety shoes with steel-toed boots can prevent foot injuries caused by heavy objects falling/flying. A good pair of steel-toed boots can protect your employees from injury and save your company valuable money for the treatment of any major injuries.
- PROTECTION FROM SHARP OBEJCT PUNCTURE/PENETRATION
In some cases, workers must use sharp objects placed on the floor, and these objects often enter their path. In these cases, shoes made of heavy-duty platform and thicker impermeable material (Kevlar 1100N) provide the best protection. This will protect the soles and surroundings of the feet from being punctured or penetrated by sharp objects.
- PROTECTION FROM CUTTING HAZARDS
Sharp machinery used to cut or fell moving parts (chain saws) poses a cutting hazard for workers. In this case, logging boots designed with cut-resistant materials will protect workers who operate chainsaws.
- PROTECTION FROM ELECTRICAL HAZARDS
The accumulation of electricity or static electricity brings various risks in the workplace. In these environments, workers face the risk of potential electric shocks or catastrophic sparks. Wear non-conductive shoes made of leather, rubber or any non-conductive material to prevent electric shock. When you need to prevent static electricity from accumulating, you can wear anti-static shoes to reduce the amount of static electricity on your body.
- PREVENTION FROM SLIPPAGE, TRIPPING OR FALLING
Additional precautions can be taken in the workplace to prevent slips, trips or falls. These incidents are very common, and they constitute a large number of statistics on workplace accidents. Appropriate non-slip and traction-increasing footwear can be worn to protect workers from sipping, tripping and/or falling in a slippery environment. They can also prevent workers from falling off the ladder.
- PREVENTING FATIGUE
In industrial workplaces and workplaces involving manual labor, it is common for workers to stand on hard surfaces such as concrete all day long. This can cause fatigue in the feet, legs, and back muscles, which can worsen if you wear inappropriate shoes. Wearing shoes that provide proper cushioning and arch support can reduce muscle pressure and significantly improve overall comfort. This will reduce worker fatigue, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
- PREVENTING BURNS
Fire, chemical, cement, etc. burns may occur in the workplace. To prevent this from happening, workers can wear safety shoes made of durable materials such as Crazy Horse leather to prevent burns in the workplace.