Introduction


If you are in an industry such as construction or petrochemical plants where there are numerous hazards that can befall your feet it is even more crucial that you choose work boots with reinforced safety toes or steel toes. In an unfortunate accident, safety boots can be priceless, so don't focus on cost alone. I think that an injured foot is more uncomfortable than a steel toe boot.

Safety boots and safety shoes come in a wide range of styles with different sole units to suit diverse working environments. Safety boots have often focused on the obvious feature, the toe protection. Super safety boots contain a metal plate under the center of the sole, providing extra protection for the foot (if for example you stood hard on an upturned nail, nothing would happen).


Most safety shoes have symbols on the outside, to indicate the protection the shoe offers. For Example: No triangle indicates that there is no toe cap.


Steel Toe Cap


Steel-toe boots (or sometimes safety toe or just safety boots) are durable boots or shoes which have a protective reinforcement in the toe usually combined with a sole plate, which protects the foot from falling objects and punctures from below. Safety footwear now comes in many styles, not just as boots but also as shoes, trainers and clogs.


Most safety boots have a steel toecap which provides 200 joules of toe protection, and also provide full waterproof protection, as well as a variety of sole units to suit a variety of uses. This means the steel toe-cap will withstand the impact of 20kg in weight falling on to the toes from a height of 10m.


The most often required safety feature for boots was heretofore a steel toe, however, today other materials work as well, if not better when you consider the entire scope of protection, weight and comfort. A composite toe is one of the most popular alternatives to the traditional steel toe. An aluminum alloy is another option that is lightweight and just as strong as steel, offering the protection without weight or bulk.


Protection


The most often required safety feature for boots was heretofore a steel toe, however, today other materials work as well, if not better when you consider the entire scope of protection, weight and comfort. A variety of materials are used to achieve the same level of protection required by OSHA, and the thickness of the material can make a boot toe slightly larger, but you won't be wearing them at a dance or fashion show, so that shouldn't be as important as the overall benefit.


Leather


Durable, waterproof leather offers awesome cushioning. With the use of quality full grain breathable leathers, Rossi Boots are able to provide features such as reducing the risk of injury from knife drops and with the correct care improved resistance to water, oils, and fats providing long-term comfort and protection over the life of the boot.


Summary


As I stated earlier, I think that an injured foot is more uncomfortable than a steel-toed boot. Wear safety boots; it is just not work the risk.


About the author:


Johan Nickson. He is an expert on safety boots.



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