People often look at tools used to perform specific construction tasks, when looking at advancement technology, but do you know that safety equipment is just as crucial? Those who have been around the physical workplace for a while will tell you this.
Just like lightness and appearance are becoming key features of office footwear, strength and durability are significant factors that determine the suitability of shoes to be used in the workplace. The weight of an industrial shoe should be of importance too since nobody wants to haul dumbells around during work. Lightness should not, however, be the reason why the toughness of the shoe is sacrificed.
Around the construction site, workers of all calibres, are more often than not, looking anywhere but where their next step is landing. Supervisors will often be taking long glances from a distance, to determine whether buildings are coming up according to plan. Handymen are often looking where they are making a particular fix, be it drilling or fixing a board, moving a work surface or hauling supply boxes.
During these and other tasks, it is the shoes worn by the worker, or engineer, that will determine their safety down below.
Construction shoes usually take into consideration three things; bumping, crashing and piercing. They seek to protect the wearers’ toes from falling objects, or static objects that they may bump into as they move around the workplace. You know the pain that you feel when you hit your little toe against the table? Construction shoes protect you from that, while in the workplace.
A lot of sharp objects are usually to be found lying around a construction site. This means workers face the danger of getting pierced, or pricked, as they go about their routine activities. Soles of construction shoes protect them from such accidents, by being tough and impermeable.
Advancement of shoe technology looks to improve their efficacy, by using lighter materials, without sacrificing the age-old protective features. The use of foam rubber has especially been helpful in this front.
The rubber is sturdy, but still very light. It is also more flexible than traditional types, reducing the tear and wear suffered by shoes, as workers keep changing postures. Ths rubber is used for both the soles, and the front parts of such shoes. It absorbs the impact of falling objects by stretching. The end result is a more comfortable feel on the wearer’s feet, without sacrificing their safety.
It also undoubtedly increases the durability of the shoe, making it a welcome addition to any contractor’s list of work equipment. We never miss the water until the wells run dry, but we really don’t need to remove safety shoes from the work environment to appreciate their importance, do we?