Proper safety equipment is a key part of preventing worker injuries. The right safety equipment to use varies from job to job, but can include equipment like helmets, eyewear, and heavy-duty gloves. Safety equipment can also include the workers’ clothing, such as their attire and footwear.
For workers who stand, walk, and carry equipment during the work day, supportive, protective footwear is important for foot health and safety. Foot injuries are a common type of workplace injury, especially in certain fields like construction. Among construction workers, hand and foot injuries account for about 40 percent of workplace injuries and on average, keep workers out of work for 32 days. Fractures are a fairly common workplace foot injury for construction workers. Many foot injuries can be prevented or lessened with protective footwear.
Choosing the Right Footwear
For workers in certain industries, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) makes it easy to find the right footwear because it provides job-specific footwear requirements. With these, and even in the absence of these, workers should consider the demands of their jobs to find their ideal work shoes.
Work shoes can be water-resistant, electricity-proof, and puncture-resistant. Many work boots also have steel-reinforced toes to protect the toes from injury if heavy equipment or materials are dropped on them.
When choosing appropriate work footwear, workers should look for shoes and boots that provide sufficient ankle protection and support. This can come from a tall back and a secure lacing system. Workers should also seek shoes and boots that fit them properly and provide balance. Trips and falls in the workplace can lead to serious injuries, and ill-fitting footwear can increase a worker’s chance of falling. It is important that workers make quality, not price, the most important factor when choosing the right footwear. Not only do quality shoes and boots last longer, saving workers money in the long run, they can also reduce the worker’s chance of injuries, keeping them from facing high medical bills and potential disabilities that keep them out of work.
Other Considerations to Make Regarding Foot Safety
The right shoe is only one component of foot safety. Other considerations include:
Choosing socks that are not too tight, not too loose, and made from a material that wicks sweat away, rather than trapping moisture inside the shoe and creating a breeding ground for fungus. Wool and bamboo are good choices for work socks
Maintaining the shoes or boots properly, which can mean replacing the insoles as they wear out or having them resoled when necessary
Taking regular breaks and stretching one’s legs and feet to promote flexibility and circulation. This goes hand-in-hand with maintaining proper posture while working and during off hours.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross Help Injured Workers Pursue their ClaimsProper footwear is vital to foot health and safety. But even when workers take all the necessary health and safety precautions, accidents can still happen. If you have been injured in a workplace accident and you are now pursuing a Workers’ Compensation claim, fill out our online form or call 267-589-0090 to schedule up your initial consultation with a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross. We are located in Philadelphia and we proudly serve clients from the Greater Philadelphia area, including those from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.