How Choosing the Right Shoes Can Ensure Safety in the Workplace

Finding the right shoes for work is an important task everyone goes through when looking to buy a new pair of shoes. Your footwear plays a significant role in keeping you safe while you work. You might not realize how important your shoes are, but because you have to wear them everyday, they're very important -- and choosing the right shoes can help reduce accidents in the workplace.

Injuries at work caused by slips and falls are very common. In the United States, 75 percent of people have suffered foot pain that was related to wearing shoes that did not fit properly. It's estimated in the USA there are 120,000 work-related foot injuries every year, and many of these cases are related to repetitive stress. These injuries can be avoided by wearing cushioned and supportive footwear.

Choosing the right shoes for work can be a difficult task when there are so many options out there. That's why you should consider these important factors before you purchase your next pair of footwear:

  • Occupation: What is your job? Are you expected to work outside? Would you say your feet are at risk of being injured from heavy objects or machinery? The shoes you buy will depend on your job/role. If you work in construction, you will likely need steel toe-capped shoes; if you work outside, then you will need waterproof footwear. If you're not sure what shoes you need for work, find out which shoes you need for your job before you buy.
  • Comfort: Does your job demand you to walk thousands of steps a day, or are you mostly stationary? Comfort is important and can help reduce the chances of causing long-term damage to your feet. Always check the comfort of the insoles of your work shoes.
  • Support: Shoes that offer no support can injure your feet and cause aching back pain. Having pains and aches at work often can reduce your concentration at work., and lack of concentration can increase the chances of an accident to you or one of your colleagues. Work shoes need a strong support that will help to support your back.
  • Grip: Because slips, trips, and falls are responsible for many accidents in the workplace, the grip of your shoes plays an important part in safety at work. Shoes with little or no tread don't give you any grip when you are walking on wet or slippery surfaces. Having slip-resistant shoes for work can reduce the chance of accidents in any work environment.

Shoes are important for ensuring safety in the workplace. They can keep feet healthy and reduce the chance you'll become a victim of an avoidable accident. When you're wearing the same pair of shoes every day for work, you need to be wearing a trusty pair of shoes that you can rely on and that will keep you safe.

Gosia Sobierajska is the Marketing Manager at Shoes For Crews (Europe) Ltd. With more than 14 years' experience, she prides herself on marketing one of the leading slip-resistant shoe brands.

Posted by Gosia Sobierajska on Jan 04, 2016