Mining safety boots need to fulfil a number of protective requirements to adequately protect wearers from a variety of workplace hazards found in mining. These hazards can include heavy objects that can fall on feet, slippery or muddy surfaces that can cause slips and falls, and sharp objects that can pierce through lower-quality safety shoes and cause injuries.
Mining is one of the most dangerous work environments in the world, which means that wearing the right safety gear – and especially the right mining safety boots – is of utmost importance. With a total of 456,438 people being employed in the mining sector in South Africa as of 2018, providing adequate safety to mine workers is one of the most vital concerns.
Across the mining site, there are various settings that require protective footwear. The terrain on a mining site can often be rocky and uneven, which means that a safety boot with good grip and an anti-slip sole is important to avoid injury. Additionally, with dark and sometimes waterlogged mining tunnels, it can be very easy to slip and injure yourself. Whether you’re climbing machinery and equipment, or traversing dangerous tunnels, a pair of high-quality, high-visability, heavy-duty mining safety boots are a vital part of any mine worker’s safety gear.
While there are a number of different protective footwear options such as mining gumboots or safety boots with steel cap toes, a lightweight and durable safety boot like Neptun’s SafeLite safety boot option can provide protection while also reducing fatigue.
The benefits of our mining safety boot include:
1) SRA certification slip resistance marking, meaning that you’re offered the best grip and traction to avoid the dangerous slips and falls common on mining sites
2) Tear-resistant and breathable leather uppers, whether it’s the genuine split leather of the SafeLite ankle safety boot or the full grain leather of the SafeLite Chelsea boot
3) A composite toe cap that allows the SafeLite boot to be lightweight and scanner-safe, meaning mine workers can pass conveniently through metal-detectors on the job site
4) Oil and acid resistant PU boot soles that offer protection from chemical hazards on the job site
To find out more about our SafeLite Safety Boot, make sure you browse through the SafeLite range of our website. We also provide a wide range of other protective footwear options, so that you can find the right boot for you!