Safety shoes and boots
Some years ago I was demolishing a six foot high wall with a sledge hammer and one of the bricks fell from the top of the wall. I still find it hard to believe that I watched the brick fall and land on my foot. I was standing in such a way as to be unable to move my foot before the brick hit. Luckily for me I was wearing safety boots and the brick just bounced off.
Safety shoes and boots can be a good friend
Back in the early 1980’s I had a pair of Australian Blundstone safety boots which were made of a beautiful soft leather. These boots were so comfortable I decided to wear them on a Trek in Nepal. I walked the Annapurna Circuit trek which is 300 Km and took 21 days. The boots stood up to the snow, ice and rocky trails of the trek, but I found them very tiring as they were relatively heavy with their metal toe caps. Incidentally, they have also been up Mt Apo (Philippines), Mt Merapi (Sumatra and Java) and some lesser slopes in the UK. I guess the point I’m trying to make is safety shoes and boots can be very comfortable and useful, you just need to choose a pair that suits.
Household Safety shoes and boots
The main problem with wearing safety shoes and boots is that you need to put them on before they can protect you and this is fine when you are tackling a big job that will last all day. You simply put the boots on in the morning and take them off at the end of the day. However, when attempting other smaller jobs you need a shoe or boot that is fit for purpose and convenient to use.
So when choosing a safety shoes and boots for intermittent household duties you need to consider whether they will be easy to put on and off, as this helps when you may be constantly reentering the home, especially on a wet day.
In addition, you must also be happy to wear them mowing the lawn, operating power tools, climbing ladders, walking down the street, etc. If you are happy to be seen wearing them, then you’re more likely to use them. There are many styles to choose from, lace up boots and shoes, slip on elasticated sided boots, street shoes, training shoes, the list goes on.
Safety shoes and boots on the Job
The types of safety shoes and boots required at work are usually dictated by the workplace requirements. Footwear must be chosen based on the hazards that are present such as chemicals, electricity, corrosive substances, etc. Assess the workplace and work activities for all the risks involved and liaise with the workplace management.