It's no secret that having comfortable boots or footwear is an essential for many employees with physically demanding jobs, such as construction workers and police officers. In 2012, of the 4,600 fatal injuries on the job, 666 were directly associated with falls slips and trips (as reported by United States Department of Labor). Workplace injuries slow productivity and oftentimes result in having to miss work days. Here are some of the most common workplace foot injuries and how to avoid them.
- Broken bones:
In some industries, it's not uncommon for unprotected feet to become crushed by heavy cargo or machinery. These types of injuries are most commonly seen in the construction industry. Investing in a pair of comfortable work boots that have enough compression resistance is the best way to protect your feet or toes from becoming crushed or broken.
- Cuts and lacerations:
Those who work with machinery are prone to getting cuts and lacerations. In these cases, steel toe boots are often the most effective type of footwear to invest in. Regardless of whether the boot or the shoe is made of composite or steel materials, a protective toe cap must be permanently fixed to the footwear's interior. There are four classes used to rate impact or compression resistance, taking both sex and protection ranking into account. These are: Class 75 for men, Class 75 for women, Class 50 for men and Class 50 for women. 75 is a superior impact resistance rating to 50. Comfortable tactical boots are a good option as well, but make sure they have some level of compression resistance.
- Puncture wounds:
If you work in an industry where a lot of small metal parts such as nails, staples, or scrap metal is used, you're prone to getting some sort of puncture wound. Prevent these types of injuries by purchasing a high quality pair of heavy duty work boots for general purposes. They provide a substantial level of protection while keeping you comfortable on your feet.
- Electric shocks:
In some industries, workers have to be prepared for the risk of electric shocks, such as electricians and construction workers. In these cases, you should invest in a boot with a thick, rubber sole. Rubber boots aren't guaranteed to eliminate the risk of electric shocks, but they're definitely a good start.
Ultimately, it's critical to examine the risks in your workplace and purchase protective footwear accordingly. For more information about how to protect your feet, contact Magnum Boots.