QUALITY BOOTS ARE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY
If you consider that a worker on a construction site or factory floor can walk up to 24 kilometres a day (that’s more than a half-marathon) and carrying up to three times their body weight - then you know how comfortable their work boots have to be!
And while comfort is key - so too is safety. The thousands of slips and trips in the workplace result in around twenty per cent of all lost-time injuries every year - and the result can cost a great deal more than just the medical bills. To give you an idea of the numbers - in the state of Victoria in Australia, over 3 100 workers fell, slipped or tripped in the workplace during 2009/10, suffering serious injuries as a result. And whilst the wearing of the correct boots for the work environment won’t solve the problem, it will go a long way in diminishing the risk.
Just because the foot is at the bottom of the body, doesn’t mean it should be last on the list when it comes to shopping for protective equipment....on the contrary!.
When buying workboots, it’s important to assess where the footwear will be used in order that the right level of protection is provided eg exposure to chemicals, heat, water, hot metals; water resistance and protection from food or hot fat and puncture rotection. There are special requirements for ladderwork and scaffolding (a distinct heel inset is important) and electrical environments require special toe caps.
And with all these special requirements, comfort still remains a key issue - and that’s why it’s so important to spend a little extra to get high quality work boots that provide the appropriate protection, but that are good to wear too, say a leading supplier in safety footwear in Perth, Hot Cotton. Make sure you take the right steps towards workplace safety and comfort with quality workboots...after all, you’ve got a long way to go!.
For more information - please contact Hot Cotton on +61 (08) 9244 5566 or visit www.hotcotton.com.au