The importance of Safety boots
If you have ever dropped something heavy on your foot, or broken a toe, we don’t have to tell you that it’s important to wear working boots at a job site. But for those of you who haven’t yet, here’s why safety footwear is so important.
For starters, the bones of the foot are a lot more delicate than we realise. They can bear the impact of walking reasonably well but if you drop something heavy on them; they can also break easily. There are twenty-six bones in total in your foot. That’s a lot of potential breaks.
Safety shoes can be cumbersome, but they are a lot more comfortable than having to wear a cast while a broken bone heals. This will take at least six weeks if all goes well. Now imagine hobbling around on site using a pair of crutches. Those Blaklader Safety Boots are a much better prospect, aren’t they?
Moreover, falling objects are not the only reason you need to get proper safety shoes; if you work in slippery conditions, you’ll need the right shoes to help you maintain traction.
That’s where Blaklader Footwear starts to show its value. If you work in an industry like the petrochemical industry where there is a higher risk of slipping, the certified work boots from Blaklader will prove a worthwhile investment.
Finding the Best Work Boots
What are the main elements to consider when choosing the right shoes for the job? Let’s have a look.
Your outsole is what provides you with traction, flexibility and impact protection. Generally speaking, the thicker the sole is, the less flexible the shoe and the heavier it becomes. The sole provides your feet with the protection they need from hazards on the ground.
If you work on uneven surfaces, a more flexible sole makes sense. If you work on a construction site, you might need some midsole protection to prevent nails or sharp objects piercing your foot. If you work on an extremely hot surface, you need a sole that won’t conduct heat well.
The Heat Resistant Safety Boot by Blaklader, for example, can withstand temperatures of up to 300°C so is ideal when working on tar.
Do your research upfront to understand what protective elements you need in the sole.
The metatarsal bones are the ones that are most at risk when it comes to things being dropped on them from a height. Most of us, when considering work boots, focus on the safety toes, but that is only part of the equation.
For complete protection, you need a harder shelled boot to protect the metatarsal bones as well.
Of course, if there is a risk of something falling on your feet at all, you will want to protect your toes as well. There are various options here, from steel caps to composite caps. Steel caps are the strongest but also the heaviest option.
Aluminium offers a similar level of protection but is a lot lighter.
However, there are times when metal toe caps are a terrible option – like when you are dealing with high heat situations. Metal is an excellent conductor of heat which is great when cooking some bangers and mash, but not so good when it comes to your toes.
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