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Reducing Workplace Foot Injuries

 

Safety Footwear – a changing world

Gone are the days when 2 out of 3 workers on every worksite had a pair of trusty elastic sided safety boots, no matter what the conditions or job entailed. Our expectations and the resultant standard requirements in safety footwear have evolved considerably in the past 20 years and industries now acknowledge the importance of fit for purpose footwear in reducing lost time injuries, worker fatigue and lower back, leg and foot injuries.

Why foot protection matters

Foot-related injuries are much more common than most people think—in fact hundreds of foot injuries happen each week across Australian workplaces, with most those injuries occurring because workers aren’t wearing the right footwear.

The two major categories of work-related foot injuries are:

- injuries from punctures, crushing, and lacerations
- injuries resulting from slips, trips, and falls, including sprains and broken bones

While slips and falls do not always result in a foot injury, the lack of attention to correct footwear selection plays an important role in their occurrence.

In short, foot protection means guarding your toes, ankles and feet from injury.

 

Key Points on reducing workplace foot injuries:

- Know the foot hazards in your workplace
- Wear footwear with appropriate protective features for the job
- Know the capabilities and limitations of protective footwear
- Check comfort, fit, and support of footwear
- Clean, store, and inspect your footwear

Protective footwear worn in the workplace is designed to protect the foot from physical hazards such as falling objects, stepping on sharp objects, heat and cold, wet and slippery surfaces, or exposure to corrosive chemicals.

A single foot injury can cost your company thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost work time.

Blundstone boots - made for safety and comfort

Blundstone boots are known for their comfort so they can be worn all day while keeping you safe and sound. They have been designed using the best resources from all over the world and their ongoing research and development allows constant improvement in protection, performance and aesthetics.

Where to now?

Blundstone make an extensive range of safety footwear to cover nearly every workplace situation. With the development of stronger, hard wearing zips we have incorporated zip sided safety boots with both rubber and TPU outsoles into our range.

The 318 (wheat nubuck) and 319 (black leather) boots are ankle height with a toe guard for extra durability. Featuring a PU midsole and a slip resistant TPU outsole which is heat resistant to 140oC, these boots are a great lightweight option.

The Blundstone zip sided safety range also includes the rubber soled 997 (black leather). Heat resistant to 300o

C, the 997 is made with a water-resistant leather upper and is packed with many innovative features including a luxury PU arch support footbed with revolutionary XRD®, thermal regulating Bamboo lining and SPS Max Comfort system. The rubber outsole has been designed to specifically increase slip resistance in varied environments and is electrical hazard resistant which means it provides the greatest potential protection against electrical hazards.

The latest Blundstone release is the 144, a wheat nubuck lace up safety boot with a TPU outsole. The nubuck upper is 150mm high and features a luxury PU arch support footbed, SPS Max Comfort system and is electrical hazard resistant.

Whether you work at a mine site, a manufacturing plant, on the land or in a warehouse, Blundstone has the right safety shoe to protect your feet and fit with your job.

 

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