On the job, it's important to have a comfortable pair of shoes, after all you log many miles in a day, month, year. But a proper fit is an important safety factor as well.
Here are a few footwear keys from Gempler's to keep in mind:
- Always wear comfortable footwear with proper padding that provides good arch support and reduces stress on your toes and the balls of your feet – especially if you spend a lot of time on concrete floors.
- Make sure your shoes are the right size. One-half size too big is better than a half-size too small.
- If you climb ladders often, wear rubber-soled shoes because they provide a better grip on rungs. Avoid leather-soled shoes – they slip easily.
- Wear steel-toed shoes or boots when working around animals and at other appropriate times.
- Always wear shoes or boots that cover your entire foot to reduce the risk of cuts, chemical exposure and being stepped on by animals.
The right footwear can prevent other injuries, like those to your back, shoulders or limbs from slips and falls.
To receive this or other "Tailgate Training Tip" sheets, contact Gempler's at (800) 328-8473.