As of 2019, 837 000 South Africans are employed in the agricultural sector – and whether you’re operating a tractor or trekking through a field, you need the right footwear to protect yourself from the elements. Just as the right machinery and equipment are integral to safe and productive farming, so is the right kind of safety footwear. A number of workplace hazards can be prevented or reduced by high-quality agricultural gumboots. These hazards include:
Agricultural gumboots with reinforced protection such as steel toe caps can reduce the risk of injury from animals, such as trampling, kicks, or bites. Neptun’s Shosholoza gumboot features our innovative metatarsal protection, to ensure optimum safety when working with large animals.
Falls from ladders, rooftops, silos and windmills are a major cause of injury in the agricultural industry. It’s important that your safety footwear has excellent grip and sole support to reduce the risk of falling from a dangerous height.
Many pesticides and herbicides used in farming can cause chemical burns. A high-quality PVC or rubber gumboot can provide protection against chemical hazards.
When working outdoors in cold, wet, and dirty conditions, a waterproof agricultural gumboot can keep you safe and dry. A waterproof safety shoe can prevent slips and falls, and keep your feet protected from trench foot or blisters caused by moisture in the shoe.
There is plenty of dangerous machinery used in the agricultural industry, such as tractors, chainsaws, and combine harvesters (just to name a few). Especially when it comes to machinery with unguarded and moving parts, adequate foot protection can go a long way in preventing injuries.
At Neptun, we know better than anyone how important the right boot is to get the job done. Make sure you’re protected from workplace hazards with our range of agricultural gumboots. From our Shova range to our Marina and Shosholoza options, we’ve got the right boot for you.
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