The forestry industry is one of the most hazardous industrial sectors in many parts of the world. In South Africa, the forestry sector employs around 165 900 workers (source: www.gov.za), and according to the Department of Labour working in this industry can pose many risks to your health due to “Its physical nature, exposure to weather, noise or vibration, contact with animals, and exposure to hazardous chemicals or other substances” (source: www.forestry.co.za)
Because of these health risks, it’s essential to put safety first and equip workers with a good quality pair of forestry gumboots that can protect them from a range of workplace hazards and keep them safe in wet, dry, and dangerous conditions.
In the forestry industry, workers feet are on the frontline. Debris, dirt, branches, stones, thorns and plants can all pose a threat. Heavy-duty forestry gumboots with safety toe protection, anti-penetration midsoles, and metatarsal protection can protect the workers feet from these hazards, as well as any heavy machinery that might fall and injure workers’ feet.
Workers can also find themselves climbing to great heights and operating dangerous machinery, in which case a gumboot with a non-slip sole that provides good grip is essential to make sure that workers avoid slips and falls. With a range of uneven terrains, as well as unpredictable weather conditions, a non-slip sole is also important to workers on the ground.
In wet weather conditions, a water-resistant PVC gumboot is also important to protect the worker from muddy conditions that create more risk of injury, as well as keep workers feet dry and warm so that they can put their best foot forward while they’re on the job.
At Neptun, we know better than anyone how important the right boot is to get the job done. Make sure you’re best equipped for the work you’re doing with our range of forestry gumboots for the forestry industry. From our heavy-duty Shosholoza range to our Stimela and Stimela XP gumboot options, we’ve got the right boot for you.