Often times, the choice of footwear is secondary to many construction workers, but good boots are vital. Choosing to don low-quality footwear is dangerous, and also exposes the workers to exhaustion and soreness.
More than 600 construction workers die annually due to slips and falls. If proper safety precautions are taken in regard to footwear, however, these accidents could be avoided. Work boots that maximize worker safety, obviously, protect the feet and toes, in addition to providing stability and balance in even the most perilous conditions. Worker safety, as brought about by necessary footwear, also proves beneficial for that construction worker’s respective company. Firms will not have to worry about the adverse effects of medical bills and possible lawsuits, but can rather more fully utilize each worker’s skill set to the fullest possible extent. As common sense would dictate, safety is mutually advantageous.
Currently, the market for dependable footwear is brimming with various new innovations. For example, some shoes have built-in composite toes. Made of carbon fiber, plastic or other materials, these are both light-weight but thick enough to provide suitable protection to the toes of the wearer. Others are made of Tough-Tec leather, a material that both protects the feet and toes from falling objects and is fire-resistant (a trait that has made them commonplace not only among construction workers, but firefighters, as well). Not to be forgotten are the soles of a shoe—some of these are made of Thermo Poly Urethane, which are impervious to scuffs, oil, and various chemicals.
Although safety is of the utmost concern, comfort should not be neglected. It is of paramount importance that shoes fit well, and consequences of poorly-fitting footwear include in-grown toenails, blisters, and other maladies. Luckily, distributors offer shoes in an array of sizes, so a perfect fit is always out there.
When searching for footwear, it is necessary to buy according to the demands of current projects (is the work environment cold, slippery, etc.?). Also, do not be afraid to consult the internet or co-workers for advice. Finally, though the recommendations of a colleague may prove invaluable, it is important to test a variety of boots. With safety and comfort on the line, never settle for less than a perfect fit, a tedious shopping process, though possibly aggravating at the time, will pay dividends in the future.