Need new boots?
Make a habit of regularly checking your safety footwear. If worn or damaged footwear can’t be properly repaired, replace it.
Fit for your feet
When choosing safety footwear, fit is crucial. As you lace up boots, the fit around your heel should be snug. The higher the boots are cut, the more support you have against ankle injuries. Your toes should be about a half inch (12.5 millimeters) from the front. Allow room for extra socks. If you need arch supports, put them in and walk around to check the fit.
Does safety footwear make a difference?
These safety boot success stories will tell you it does:
Heavy hatch falls
Having any heavy object, even a hammer, fall onto a foot can be an unnerving experience, but when that object turns out to be a hatch weighing several hundred pounds, the outcome is rarely good.
A sailor escaped exactly that situation with all his toes intact, after a defective hatch slammed onto his foot. The hatch’s spring had broken, so a post was kept handy to prop it up.
However, after opening the heavy hatch, the sailor couldn’t reach the post. Being in a rush, he took a chance and didn’t secure the hatch, reasoning that his co-worker was only going to be handing him a few items.
When the ship rolled to starboard, the hatch let go, crashing onto his foot. We’ll bet he was glad he was wearing steel-toed boots rather than deck shoes that day!
Forklift on foot
A worker at a building supply warehouse hitched a ride on a forklift to the company lumber yard. As he climbed down, the forklift tire ran over his foot. Because he was wearing steel-toed boots, he was spared a serious foot injury. He learned the importance of protective footwear – and the danger of forklift hitchhiking.
An aircraft squadron petty officer thanks his steel-toed boots for preventing a lot of pain and suffering last year.
During a fire drill in a hangar, he was pushing a large B-2 stand when one of its jacks struck his right foot. The edge of the jack nearly took all the leather off the top of his boot and left a dent in the steel.
The officer admitted he could have lost a toe or two if he had not been wearing protective footwear. Because of his steel-toed boots, he was able to walk to the safety office to report the incident.