29th Jul 2020

Why wear safety footwear?

Safe Footwear Improves Worker Outcomes

OSHA- and ASTM-compliant footwear prevents workplace injuries.

According to statistics gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were an estimated 2.9 million private-sector workplace injuries reported in 2015. The same study reported that an estimated 752,600 public workers reported on-the-job injuries.

Many of these injuries required that workers miss time from work to recover. In fact, out of every 10,000 workers, 104 cases reported to BLS required that the employee miss work.

On-the-job injuries cost companies time and money, not to mention the impact on employee health, morale, and overall financial well-being. While BLS reports that the overall number of workplace injuries is on the decline, workplace safety is of the utmost importance.

It's imperative to ensure that employees follow industry safety regulations, including wearing required safety gear. In many industries, this means wearing proper footwear to ensure that feet are protected from common workplace hazards.

Typical Workplace Hazards
Employees can encounter a number of hazards within the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, some of these hazards include:

  • Electrocution
  • Slips
  • Burns
  • Puncture wounds
  • Chainsaw wounds
  • Crushing

In a 2005 study, BLS found that there were around 60,000 foot injuries a year and that 75 percent of those cases involved workers not in compliance with current safety regulations. The financial impact of these foot injuries was an estimated $9,600 a day. Proper foot protection is imperative in minimizing the number of these kinds of injuries.