Many physically intensive industries are teeming with safety hazards and require adequate protective gear in order to prevent workplace injuries. In 2016, 155 427 non-fatal workplace injuries were recorded in South Africa, with roughly 22% of those recorded in the agricultural, mining, and manufacturing industries. With the multitude of safety gear required to work in these industries, safety footwear can sometimes be overlooked. But the importance of well-made safety boots cannot be understated.
What do you need to look for when it comes to safety footwear? The following are just some of the workplace hazards you may face and how safety boots can counter those threats:
Poor grip on the sole is often the culprit behind nasty slips and falls in the workplace. Safety boot soles with good grip and support ensure that whether you are climbing a ladder or walking on the slippery deck of a fishing boat, your risk of slipping and injuring yourself is reduced.
Heavy machinery, vehicles, and tools are just a few of the things that could potentially fall and injure your feet, hindering your ability to work. Reinforced composite toe caps, and metatarsal protection can shield the foot from sprains, bruises, or fractures.
Similarly, sharp equipment and machinery can puncture inadequate footwear and cause lacerations on the feet. Durable fabric such as leather or PVC prevents sharp objects from piercing through the footwear and causing injury.
Working with sensitive electronic equipment can result in electric shocks that have the potential to cause injury or death. Non-metal safety boots made of non-conductive and anti-static materials offer electrical resistance and provide vital protection against electrocution.
Neptun offers a range of safety footwear from PVC gumboots to PU boots that combat many of the threats present in the agricultural, mining, food processing and forestry industries, allowing you to get the job done with peace of mind that you are protected.