Choosing the right work boots for the job is as important as finding the best tools for the job. Really you should consider work boots an essential tool. The foundation of worker safety, much like any good foundation, starts at the bottom. Worker safety begins with the work boots and far too many workers just don’t understand how important it is they wear proper safety boots. This means they make the mistake of choosing a pair of average or poor quality work boots. Work boots really do need to be considered a tool you need. Much like any tool you need a quality pair of work boots that keep your feet safe without causing discomfort. So when you look for work boots you need a pair that fits your needs.
Work Boots Are Essential
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released an update to the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) in April of 2011. This update is used as part of the Census of Fata Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). Their findings showed that just under three million non-fatal injuries and illnesses occurred in the private industry. Around a million of those happened on days where people were not actually working. Also important is that 666 of the 4,600 fatal injuries were caused by falls, slips, and trips (according to data from the United States Department of Labor).
Workplace safety is nothing without proper safety footwear. Proper footwear protects feet and toes and also improves traction and stability to reduce the risks of falls and slips. The majority of injuries that led to people taking time away from work involved falls, sprains and strains. These on-site injures bring down productivity and bring up costs. The worst (or perhaps best) part is that they can be prevented with proper work boots.
Understand Your Needs
New construction work boots are constantly being introduced to the market as the technology changes and more safety measures are designed. It’s easy to navigate your way through all of this noise as long as you know what you need out of your work boots and know which boots have what you need. Keeping your feet comfortable makes it easier to get through your day and stay focused on what matters.
Knowing all about the various safety features of work boots allows you to find the right boots for you. Have a chat with your safety manager, foreman or HR manager and see if there is any specific safety gear that you need for your job. Also keep in mind that, while you should get some advice from the people around you, different people have different feet. What works great for your workmates may not work great for you.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict guidelines for occupational foot protection. Their guidelines are based on the requirements set out by the American National Statistics Institute (ANSI). These guidelines are designed to ensure that craftsmen and laborers are wearing the right safety gear for the job. It’s a good idea to check any requirements set out by your company or employer and find work boots that best meet those requirements. Most footwear these days is made with these ANSI regulations in mind but it can really help if you know what you’re looking for.
You need to know what you’re looking for before going to the shop. Knowing what you need begins with understanding the safety and technology contained within work boots. So find out if your boss, HR manager, or workmates have any suggestions and find a pair that fits comfortably and has the safety features you need.