Know the Proper Work Footwear To Avoid Workplace Injury

Workplace injuries are all too frequent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 2.9 million private-sector injuries in 2015 with an additional 752,000 for public workers.

Workers must always follow their industry's safety regulations. Often this requires wearing the appropriate safety gear including proper footwear to protect feet from workplace hazards.

Common Workplace Hazards

Based on the industry and work location, typical workplace hazards include:

Protective footwear must protect the worker's feet from slipping on wet surfaces, being pierced by objects or crushed by falling objects as well as protection from electricity and other dangers. Construction workers as well as those in shipping and logging industries must wear footwear that provides adequate protection.

Selecting the Right Protective Footwear

The right kind of protective footwear can minimize injuries from these sources. Many federal, state and municipal regulations have adopted standards from ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). Their requirements are stringent and products that meet their standards have labels to help workers make the best choices for their jobs.

For example, the ASTM labels can show:

  • The force of compression and impact that the boot will bear
  • The degree of electrical hazard protection
  • The degree of static dissipation
  • Puncture resistance
  • Chainsaw resistance

Reading the labels may be confusing because of the large amount of information they contain. Here's a simple infographic from that explains the ASTM labeling variables.

Ask your employer for guidance in choosing protective footwear based on those hazards that are typical of your industry and workplace:

  • Go for traction. Protective footwear should have deep treads in the soles to prevent slip and fall injuries. Shoes that are also puncture-resistant feature a plate in the sole to prevent puncture and stabbing wounds.
  • Assess how much protection you need. Steel-toed boots are important in construction and manufacturing where there is danger of having feet crushed by heavy objects. Workers who have a lesser risk of crushing can consider instead a composite-toe boot that protects the foot without the metal.
  • Avoid electrocution with thick rubber soles for insulation. Boots should also offer static dissipation protection.
  • Keep feet dry and comfortable. Workers who are routinely outdoors or around water should invest in water-resistant footwear to keep feet dry and avoid infections.

We Can Help if You Have Been Injured in a Workplace Accident

If you or a family member has been injured in a slip and fall, a workplace accident or any other type of premises liability or personal injury, you need an attorney with the right experience in these cases. We will work hard for you and pursue compensation for your physical and emotional injuries. Please call The Francis Law Group for a free consultation. Attorney Tony Francis, personal injury attorney in Orlando, will fight to get you the compensation that you and your family deserve. You can reach us at 407-363-9939 or contact us via the website.