Working in construction means your hands are your most valuable tools. With that being said, you can’t get around easily without feet that are in good condition. Keeping your feet safe at work is critical because if you can’t stand up or walk, chances are you can’t do your job as effectively as you normally do.
Work boots are the most important piece of equipment when it comes to keeping your feet safe at work. You want to wear high-quality boots that are slip-resistant. They should also have puncture-resistant soles and safety toe features in case anything heavy falls on your feet. There are three important steps when it comes to work boots: choosing the right pair, breaking them in, and keeping them well maintained.
- Choosing the Right Pair of Work Boots – The quality of your work boots can make your job either enjoyable or miserable. Safety and comfort are the most important factors when it comes to work boots. Your toes are the most vulnerable area of your foot because you can drop something on them or accidentally kick a hard surface. Strong toe caps are a necessity and should be either steel toe or composite toe. You also need a pair of work boots that are puncture proof in case you step on nails or sharp objects. Waterproof boots are also important for your comfort.
- Breaking in Your Work Boots – Unlike most types of footwear, you can’t just put on work boots and get working. Work boots conform to the shape of your feet but should be broken in before you wear them for the first time. You’ll probably hear lots of crazy ways people break in work boots, but the best and safest way is to wear them around at home. Start with 10 minutes a day and work your way up. Once they feel comfortable and broken in you can begin wearing them on the job.
- Maintaining Your Work Boots – It’s also important to keep your work boots well maintained so they last as long as possible. Cleaning and conditioning them are two of the main steps to keeping them well maintained. See our blog about Summer Maintenance Tips for Work Boots for more information.
To learn more, contact Work N Wear today at (503) 364-3064.