Safety in Workplace Footwear

October 3, 2019

No one wants to get hurt on the job. An important way to reduce the chances of physical trauma related to workplace accidents and repetitive motion injuries is choosing the right type of footwear for a person’s unique roles and responsibilities.

Variations in Safe Footwear

Work footwear has changed dramatically over the decades, offering more protection than ever before. In fact, today’s workers have the opportunity to choose from a variety of footwear characteristics and features. These traits help them reduce their chances of becoming statistics or needing to submit a workers’ compensation claim due to an injury.

How has footwear gotten more effective? For one, work boots have been developed that go far beyond having steel toes to reinforce other areas of the foot. In essence, they hug the whole foot and create a barrier that stops or slows forces. This reduces the likelihood of damage to the ankle, midsole, or upper foot. Ironically, this type of footwear can be remarkably lightweight. Thanks to advanced materials, the footwear need not weigh much more than older-style shoes.

Another footwear upgrade involves shoes that protect workers from electrical and related hazards. Consequently, industrial workers who come in contact with live electric wires have a layer of protection that can shield them from electrocution injuries or death. At the same time, the outsole may be resistant to a wide range of liquids and debris, from oil and gas to heat and chemicals.

Should Companies Provide Footwear?

In some circumstances, workers are expected to supply their own footwear. Workers who choose new footwear should take their selections seriously, considering the specifics of their positions. Some questions they may need to ask themselves is whether they require waterproofed shoes, insulated footwear, special types of traction, and other issues.

Regardless of whether workers choose their own shoes, OSHA guidelines say that companies must either supply work boots as personal protection equipment or cover the cost of work boots that meet minimum safety standards. In the latter situation, the companies bear the responsibility to recommend or insist upon high-performance footwear.

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If you were injured on the job, the knowledgeable Reading workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help ensure you are receiving the maximum benefits to which you are entitled. Contact us online or call us today at 888-PITT-LAW to arrange a free consultation.

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