Benefits of Safety Footwear for Heights
Safety at a workplace is unnegotiable at any job and a must. Reliable employers should ensure that all measures of caution (including safety footwear) are taken to keep their employees safe and to prevent any accidents. Construction jobs fit into a particular category that is especially risky as it involves working at heights.
Employees should never accept work offers that don’t include safe working conditions or a guarantee that all precautions are in place. Properly secured working job means everything is done to control risk factors and minimize the chance of accidents appearing. The workplace does not matter, and everyone deserves to feel safe at their job no matter if it is related to office or field. The first step towards safety is providing workers with proper attire. This includes safety hats and footwear, visible clothing and PPE or Personal Protective Equipment.
Risks of working at heights
While all workplaces need to be properly secured, working at heights involves way more risks and requires high caution. Falls and slips are the most often accidents that occur at a workplace yearly, and a great number of them is related to working at heights. By working at heights we mean jobs taking place on roofs, platforms, ladders, buildings as well as on any elevated structure or top of holes.
Most prominent and possible risks involve workers falling or slipping or hard objects falling on workers beneath them. These risks are less likely to happen if a workplace is secured, if objects are correctly stored and managed, if the equipment is secured and lightweight, if workers are skilled or trained properly and, of course, if they are given the correct safety attire and tools. These precautions significantly lower the chance of accidents appearing.
Why is safety footwear crucial?
Depending on the type of the job, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will include different tools and essentials. Working at heights, for example, inevitably requires safety footwear. However, it is often neglected or disregarded. Many accidents happen due to inappropriate footwear that lacks stability and quality. Therefore, it is crucial that adequate footgear becomes an obligatory part of workers’ attire and gets more attention.
Preventive footgear is specifically designed to protect workers from injuries such as slipping, falling or injuries that result in broken feet. It helps prevent fatal consequences thanks to design and material of the shoes. Working at heights requires slip-resistant shoes made from hard and durable material so that they could protect feet in case of objects falling. To maximize safety, this footwear is often upgraded by metal protection for the toes. However, working shoes should also be comfortable so that workers could wear them the whole day.
They should offer enough support and stability for workers so they could have their full range of movement. Working at heights often means standing throughout the entire day, so it is important for shoes to support the back and minimize pain and posture problems. Shoes significantly help prevent extreme exhaustion of the body and, therefore, assist in avoiding fatal injuries.
Safety shoes, while sturdy, should never be comfortless. It is common for workers to have painful feet and severe blisters that often derive from having the wrong size of the shoes. Safety footwear should fit correctly and comfortably allowing workers to stand the entire day. They have to bear the weight and distribute it properly so that employees could have full stability. There is a rule that says at least 1 cm should be empty between the toes and the top of the shoes. Workers should be able to wiggle their toes and, since often feet are not the same size, they should measure both feet and adapt each shoe.
Types of safety footwear for working at heights:
Metatarsal shoes are most protective of the upper part of feet bones. They prevent injuries that occur from heavy machinery, equipment or objects dropping on the free. „Dropping injuries” are usually called drop hazards, so metatarsal shoes protect the foot from both sides. These shoes are typical for construction workers or any employees that have to lift heavy objects.
Electrical hazard shoes
Workers who deal with electricity in any form (wiring, circuits, voltage devices, etc.) should wear electric hazard shoes. These shoes are mainly made to prevent electric shocks that could be baneful. Their special sole stops high voltage circuits or electricity and lowers the chance of an injury. Electrical hazards are highly common which means that the importance of these shoes has to be more highlighted.
For people working in industries or workplaces where they have to handle sharp objects, such as metal and glass parts, metal instep shoes are unavoidable. They protect the feet from getting hurt since they stop the penetration of sharp objects through the shoes.
There are, however, certain qualities all work shoes should have. Proper safety footwear should be flexible and sturdy as well as easy on the joints. For people working at heights, slip-resistant soles are a must. Shoes should be made of natural materials that keep the foot fresh and rested while also being water resistant.
*Guest Post Written by Matt at Choice Roofs