Keep safety in mind while choosing the best work boots
Whether you’re a tradesman, work on a construction site or are handling a DIY project, safety needs to be your top priority. You can’t predict when accidents will happen, and when you are around heavy materials and power tools, it’s important to make sure you have the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce risks. Regarding footwear, you need to have the best work boots. Here are some of the basic requirements to keep in mind when it comes to choosing work boots:
Steel toe-cap and midsole
Both of these are very important. The toe-cap will protect your feet from getting crushed by a falling object like wood, concrete or tools. It will also prevent any accidental damage from projectiles. The midsole will protect you in case you step on a sharp object like nails. When you’re a professional, if your feet get damaged, you will be forced to stay at home, and that will result in lost income. So if there are any large materials, heavy debris, etc. at your workplace, foot protection is recommended for you. You should also note that certain boots use composite midsoles, but if you want complete protection, you should go for steel. It is stronger, of better quality and is more consistent. They are less likely to become loose with regular wear and tear too.
There are many reasons why a surface could become slippery including spilled liquids, a burst pipe, polished floors, rain, etc. It’s very important that you have boots that can maintain a strong grip on any of these surfaces so that you avoid any serious injury or accidents. You wouldn’t want to be forced to spend time off work because of a serious accident caused by you falling while operating a power tool, right?
Comfort is very important when you are working on a project. As a professional, when on site, you need to be comfortable and focused on the task at hand. This is essential when handling dangerous equipment or tools. Some job sites, especially when it comes to demolition work, have rubble littered everywhere and involve walking on uneven ground. Boots that provide good support to your ankles and feet reduce any risk of injury.
One last thing to keep in mind. Many safety boots come with hooks which you need to wind the laces through instead of pulling them through holes. The only problem with hooks is that they don’t just hook when you need them to. There have been a number of incidences where hooks have caught on to the laces from the other boot, wire fences, twine, etc. This can lead to serious injury if you’re working with dangerous tools, on a ladder, etc. This is certainly something you should consider when choosing work boots. They come in many styles, slip on, lace up, hiking, Wellington, etc.
There are other features to look into like flexibility, resistance, etc. But the most important feature is and always will be safety.