When Was the Last Time That You Bought a New Pair of Work Boots?

Comfortable work boots

Few decisions you make will impact your comfort and safety more than the investment in quality work boots. What’s on your feet?

  • Part of starting any new job is making sure that you have the right kind of clothing, including the right kind of shoes. And while some office professionals can select from a variety of different shoe styles and colors, the key to a successful career in many construction professions is to find footwear that protects your feet. From composite toe boots to waterproof work boots with side zip technology, the kind of shoe that you wear on some jobs will help you return to work day after day, week after week, and month after month.
  • Reducing accidents by even 10% can result in an annual savings of nearly $60,000 for many companies. Paying attention to ways to reduce accidents is exactly why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires every employer to conduct a hazard assessment to determine workplace risks, including foot injury hazards.
  • Only well constructed shoes will keep your feet safe and comfortable.
  • The U.S. industrial market for safety shoes and boots, rubber or plastic boots, and foot and leg guards is now an estimated $1 billion market. The proper kind of footwear is so important to some careers, in fact, that many companies actually offer their employees a reimbursement for qualifying pairs of composite toe boots or other specific kinds of protective footwear.
  • Each and every year, thousands of injuries happen at work places that could have been prevented if a worker was wearing the right kind of clothing and foot gear. In fact, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) developed standards for workplace safety and works to specifically detail way to measure the safety performance of work boots.
  • Close to 23% of the workers with foot injuries wore safety shoes or boots. In many cases, however, the injuries may have been less serious because the worker was wearing protective footwear, like composite toe boots.
  • Tools are often the first thing that many people think of when they hear about an employee being hired for the first ever construction job. And while tools are essential to many careers, the need for reliable and protective footwear is also important. For workers who spend all day on the job on their feet, the decision to invest in heavy duty work boots is a decision to not only improve your comfort, but your safety as well.

  • You only have to spend a few days in an inadequate pair of shoes to understand that the kind of shoe that you wear can make a big difference. The fact that the human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles paints a picture of why wearing the right kind of shoe matters. Even one small broken bone or damaged joint can mean a pain that can keep you from earning a paycheck. Doesn’t it make sense to invest in a quality pair of composite toe boots that will provide your feet the protection that you need.
  • Of injured workers who were wearing safety shoes, 85% were injured because the object hit an unprotected part of the shoe or boot.
  • Until you make a commitment to investing in the best kind of footwear to protect your feet, you may find yourself nursing sore feet for hours beyond the actual amount of time that you are on the job.
  • Real quality boots should have plenty of toe room. Specifically, toes should be approximately 12.5 mm from the front of the shoe.

  • Footwear is likely the most important clothing purchase that you will make if you work construction of other industrial jobs.
  • Estimates indicate that $70 is a typical amount of money an individual employee spends on foot protection every year.
  • Every time you put your work boots on in the morning you give yourself an opportunity to protect your feet during your entire shift.
  • Too often, workers make the mistake of settling for a less expensive pair of shoes that really do not provide the protection that feet need. Sore or injured feet can prevent people from working, and the money that is lost in wages can make the price of a good pair of shoes seem pretty minimal.

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