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The Best Work Boots : Safety Reviews

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Using the best work boots is key when working any physical job. They do much more than reduce the odds of losing a toe due to injury.

Other benefits include:

Better ankle and knee support will have you feeling better at the end of the day. Your back will also feel better due to decreased pressure being taken off.

Better treading will decrease the odds of taking a fall. Falls are the most dangerous of all workplace hazards and account for, by far, the most cases of workplace injury or death.

Better insulated boots will help you stay cool in hot weather while simultaneously keeping your warm during the cold. Good insulation is paramount when choosing a boot just for this reason.

The midsoles and insoles of your boot are also very important. The midsole is what absorbs most of the shock of moving in the boots. The better the midsole materials the less stress will end up on your arch, ankle, knees, and back. After the midsole insole is what supports your foots arch and heel. A good sturdy and comfortable insole can make a huge difference in how the boots feel and how you feel at the end of your shift.

Check here for more information on the best work boots and what to look for.

Safety toe is a crucial feature to have on any work boots you may have. Most injuries began at the feet and by having the proper equipment you may save yourself a lot of time, money, and pain. Safety toe’s should be able to hold a 75lb impacts and 2,000lbs of compression weight.

Another factor that needs to be considered is weight. It goes without saying that the lighter your boots are, the better you will feel at the end of the day. Companies that produce lower quality boots and use poor materials typically produce heavier boots. It’s well worth it to spend a few extra dollars to ensure your comfort.

 

Workplace Safety Rights

I’m angry, and you should be too. I’m currently on leave from my job for taking an injury. Now that doesn’t sound to bad does it? Well wait to you hear the whole story. My injury could have been easily avoided had my employer followed the safety guidelines set forth by OSHA. OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that requires employers to protect their employees from hazards. The guidelines they propose and strict and to be always followed. Sadly my workplace doesn’t follow them all as it ‘slows production’.

I’d like to point out that neither does my supervisor promote this unsafe behavior. What they do is simply ‘look the other way’ or give people who slow down production for safety purposes bad shifts or hours.

My metatarsal have been nearly crushed and forget walking for the next 3months. The bones are small and difficult to heal. I don’t want anyone to go through the same problems as me. These are your workplace rights and you should know them so your employer has no excuse.

Firstly, a little known fact that may save you some money on personal protective equipment. Any specialty equipment that you need to complete the job must be payed for by the company. This means metatarsal protecting boots, hard hats, welding gear, eye protection, face shields, etc. Most employers expect you to bring this specialized gear but it is there legal obligation to supply it. If they don’t they are in direct violation of OSHA which could result in large fines costing many times over the cost of supplying you with the proper equipment.

These are the obligations your employers must follow or they may be overdue for a OSHA visit. If they don’t follow these procedures and you are injured on the job, you may have a legal case on your hands. If you’re ever injured never sign any liability papers the company gives you. Speak with a lawyer first. Your employer is not your friend and they certainly don’t want a lawsuit due to their negligence.

  1. Your employer must perform a “hazard assessment” of the job site to identify any potential hazards and dangers.
  2. Providing proper PPE to employees if the job calls for it.
  3. Training these employees to properly use and care for the PPE.
  4. Replacing any worn down or damage equipment occurred during the job.
  5. Periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the gear in question. If it breaks on the job and your employer hasn’t reviewed it in years, you have a legal case.

As a worker you’re not completely without responsibility though.

You must properly wear your PPE gear at all times. Training sessions on use the and care for such PPE should be taken. Any safety hazards you see must be immediately reported to your supervisor. If you follow these rules you will always be okay.

The company shoulders most of the burden of responsibility.

Don’t let your employer steal money or threaten you any longer. Don’t let them put you in harms way in the name of dollar bills. Know your rights and use them to protect yourself and your fellow workers!