Gumboots have long been a staple of the mining industry, keeping mineworkers’ feet dry in wet working conditions due to poor drainage in the mines. Miners could stand for hours in the water, leading to skin diseases and poor working conditions. Therefore, water-resistant gumboots made from PVC are crucial for miners to protect themselves while they work.
As the mining industry has evolved, so too have the safety standards for personal protective equipment. Gumboots with steel toe caps are now a staple in the mining industry, to shield workers’ feet from heavy falling objects or sharp objects that may damage the feet. In addition, variations of Neptun Boot’s Shosholoza gumboots feature metatarsal protectors and steel midsoles that safeguard the top and bottom of the foot (as well as the toe) from heavy objects and other workplace hazards.
Today, gumboots with steel toe caps are the choice of safety footwear in mines throughout South Africa – with steel toe caps and metatarsal protectors acting as a key safety feature.
There are many other benefits to equipping mineworkers with mining gumboots too. With the uneven and slippery surfaces of the mine floors, gumboots with good grip and sole support are important for mineworkers to walk safely over loose rocks and gravel. Insufficient support can lead to fatigue and pose a physical risk to miners.
Offering superior safety footwear that keeps you comfortable and protected while you work, Neptun’s Shosholoza gumboots with steel toe caps should be a key part of any mineworker’s personal protective equipment. Browse our range of Shosholoza gumboots to find the right boot for you.