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Safety At Work

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We’ve been having some work done in the studio recently. One of the workmen managed to get a nasty injury on one of his feet. After I had finished telling him off for wearing such absurd shoes to work, we got him to the hospital. But seriously, there is no excuse to not wear the correct safety shoes when on the job.

The value of safety shoes at work should not be overestimated. An incredible 25 percent of all disability claims, the world over, is linked to foot injury. From the USA alone over 100 000 foot accidents occur in at work each year, with an estimated cost of $1 billion.

The crippling price and distress for workers with foot injuries, has motivated most states, such as the UK, to execute rigorous mandatory policies which empower effective protective strategies at work. Luckily these steps have paid enormous dividends as may be observed from the Canadian building sector where foot damage has been decreased by a whopping 60 percent when protective footwear has been brought out.

Though we frequently associate foot harm with hazardous work environments; flat feet, blisters and general foot pain, related to extended periods of people being on their feet, all take their toll and also may result in unproductive employees and a lot of absence from shoes

Interestingly enough it is not lacerations, crushes, amputations or punctures that assert the most sufferers; it is ‘slips and trips’ which accounts for the maximum number of work-related accidents across all industrial sectors, accounting for two million sick days each year!

Frequent injuries sustained through the work day, if no office footwear is provided, include:

  • Broken bones, crushed feet and amputations. These kinds of accidents are widespread in building, logging, longshore, oil and fishing rig operations.
  • Punctures into the bottoms of their feet. Any worker working together with wire, nails and trash metal is exposed to this.
  • Lacerations, cuts and severed toes may be the consequence of working with machinery such as chain saws, rotary mowers or other machines without sufficient protection.
  • Burns from molten metal splashes, chemicals or other flammable and volatile substances are common from the mining and manufacture of heavy metals and the production of dangerous chemicals.
  • Electric shocks may be brought on by static electricity or direct electrical contact. Unprotected construction workers and electricians are usually victims to this.
  • Sprains, fractures and broken bones may happen everywhere where there is a smooth flooring, cluttered walkway or just insufficient light. Store assistants, teachers and office employees aren’t excluded from foot injury!

safety trainers

Nowadays, there’s a varied selection of UK security footwear that provides a guaranteed protection at work. They also adhere to European safety standards and can be visually appealing also.  There are even womens safety trainers.

  • Steel-toed boots created to defend the very top of their toes. Polycarbonate-fibre toecaps are as effective.
  • Safety boots and boots with shock protection. Double density impact absorbing soles and cushioned polyurethane ankle collars, for extra protection and support, do the deal.
  • Safety trainers with puncture protection. Adaptive anti-perforation midsoles are very useful.
  • Protective footwear with anti-static rubber bottoms, waterproof leather uppers, and breathable inner linings.

Don’t forget to recognize the possible dangers in the work area before choosing protective footwear to your own staff.

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