You probably do not think about your feet very much, unless they are hurting.
As long as they are free of injury, you just take it for granted your feet will get you where you want to go.
What you should not take for granted is safety footwear. The right protective boots or shoes can save you from a painful and disabling injury.
Here are some of the common kinds of foot injuries at work:
Struck by a falling object. Even a lightweight object can cause a painful injury to a foot.
Run over by moving equipment such as a handcart or pallet jack.
Stepping on a sharp object. Nails sticking out of boards and broken glass are common examples.
Struck by a tool such as a power saw.
Follow these suggestions for avoiding foot injury:
Wear the correct footwear. Boots with toecaps and puncture proof soles are required in many industrial work settings. Other jobs may call for non-slip soles, chemical-resistant materials, insulation and other protective qualities. Talk to your supervisor about what kind you should be wearing, and make sure the shoes meet the required national safety standards.
Practice good jobsite housekeeping. Keep the area free of clutter which can cause falls and foot injuries. Store tools and materials safely so they will not fall off work surfaces or shelves. Clean up any spills promptly.
Pay attention to what you are doing. Accidents causing foot injuries tend to happen when the worker is distracted or in a hurry.
Handle chemicals with care to avoid accidental contact.
Keep your feet, socks and safety shoes clean and dry.
Take care of your feet off the job too. Use safety footwear when working in the yard or shop.
Keeping your feet free from injuries requires paying attention to your work, following safe work practices and keeping your work area clean and orderly. And just in case one of these measures does not work the way it should — wear your safety footwear.