Numerous industries make use of safety boots including building and construction, farming and of course the military. For organizations working in these sectors it is absolutely vital to maintain health and safety standards that are laid down by law to protect workforces from unnecessary and avoidable accidents that can, in the worst and most unfortunate of circumstances lead to death.
So what exactly goes into manufacturing these kinds of boots?
The first and most obvious place to start is with the toecap. Many safety boots are in fact referred to as ‘steel toecaps’. This reflects the use of a reinforced area above the toe part of the boot or shoe that is capable of withstanding large amounts of pressure, protecting the lower foot and toes from falling objects and sharp hazards. Steel is the most common and perhaps most traditional method of reinforcing toecaps on safety boots however in modern times, alternative products made from composite materials have been used that have the benefit of being as strong as steel (if not stronger in some cases), as well as being much lighter.
For combat safety boots for example, and those worn by firefighters, paramedics and the police, the additional lightness from composite materials has obvious advantages and it may be very soon that the steel toecap market is relegated to budget lines of safety boots.
Other features that replicate the success of the steel toecap boot are the transference of the idea to other parts of the boot or shoe. Most notable here is the midsole plate, which is designed to protect the sole of the foot from sharp objects that could otherwise pierce the safety boot’s base, and render the wearer incapacitated.
Safety style boots can be adapted for use in their various industries such as combat boots for the military, safety wellington boots for those working in food factories and abattoirs as well as for farmers who might need a cross between a wellington and a good sturdy practical all terrain walking boot.
Safety boots are a necessary invention, and their use should continue to form a part of any employer’s agenda where the safety of personnel is important. Not only that, employers can prevent legal action in the courts by ensuring that they adhere to the regulations set down by their respective governmental departments.