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Three situations when your employees' safety shoes are a safety hazard

by , 22 July 2014
You probably know that old song 'These boots are made for walking, so that's just what they'll do'. Now ask yourself, would you sing this song about your employees' safety shoes?

It seems like a ridiculous statement after all your employees' safety shoes ARE made of walking, but if they're really old and damaged they may not be.

In fact, there are three situations when your employees' safety shoes are actually a safety hazard...

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If your employees' safety shoes are old and damaged they're a safety hazard 

 
Your employees' personal protect equipment (PPE) is there to protect them from injuries. Now what if their PPE, such as their safety shoes, is so old and damaged that it can't protect them anymore. When it's in this condition it can actually cause more accidents and injuries.
 
Safety shoes, in particular, can cause accidents in these three situations:
 
1. When the soles of the shoes are smooth and no longer have any grip
If the shoes can't grip the floor or ground, it's easy for your employees to slip. Slipping accidents like these are common. They result in broken bones, concussions and sprains. 
 
2. When the shoes are dirty and unhygienic 
Dirty shoes are a breeding ground for bacteria. Sweat, mixed with the warm damp conditions, are the prime conditions for bacteria to thrive in. Now let's say your employee has a cut on his foot or a damaged toenail. These injuries are susceptible to infection because of the bacteria in the shoes.
 
3. When the steel caps or support structures in the shoes are broken
These structures inside the shoes are there to protect your employees' feet. If these are broken, they could cut your employee's foot open if anything heavy falls on them. 
 
These three situations show how important it is for your employees' safety shoes - and other safety gear - to be in good condition so they don't cause more injuries than they prevent. 
 
 
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