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Foot Protection

Along with the eyes, your feet are the most neglected areas within both the professional and DIY industry with regards to personal safety. With ever more stringent health & safety guides the corrective forms of personal protection equipment, including protective footwear are being worn by machine and equipment operators.

Listed below are just some examples of potential hazards that can cause serious damage to your legs and lower limbs:

  • Metal shards – primarily produced during the process of welding and grinding
  • Electrostatic build up
  • Slips & trips – usually caused by the footwear not providing enough grip for the surface in question
  • Chemical splash – these usually occur during the operation of high power pressure washers and potentially even carpet cleaners.*

* All of Hire Stations cleaning fluids are 100% chemical free, made in the UK, naturally sustainable and are NOT hazardous to the environment.

Boots Protection

Steel Toe Cap Boot

Steel toe cap boots (commonly referred to within the industry as safety boots) are regular boots or shoes (occasionally the design will even impersonate casual trainers). However, the design is different as they have protective materials above, below and even behind the users’ foot. These methods are described below:

  • Above – This is when the protective material extends from the base of the toe up and backwards covering the bridge of the foot and ending adjacent to the ankle bone.
  • Below – Here the protective compound is placed in between the base of the shoe and in the sole, effectively creating a 3 layer design and stops objects from penetrating up into the base of your feet.
  • Behind – The protective device is placed behind the back of your feet protecting the very sensitive and crucial Achilles tendon as damage here can hugely effect your ability to walk.

One of the most fundamental reasons that workers do not wear protective footwear was due to how uncomfortable the footwear was to wear and also how much it weighed. But now with modern materials such aluminium, ceramics and even super hard plastics such as TPU the traditional ‘steel’ insert is being replaced with stronger and lighter alternatives. This greatly enhances the footwear’s ergonomic qualities for both comfort and weight without decreasing protection.

Safety Wellingtons

When working with cement, safety wellingtons extend up all sides of your leg as high as the knee providing further protection as cement can sometimes become trapped within shorter boots, causing severe burns to the wearer.

Even if you or your health & safety assessment indicates that your project does not pose a significant risk to your lower limbs and that regular footwear would suffice, we recommend always wearing protective footwear for 2 reasons:

  1. In the event of a freak accident you will always be protected 
  2. They provide significantly more grip than regular footwear with some manufacturing even placing oil resistant soles within their designs

If you think that you will need a specific type of foot protection above standard safety boots please contact us explaining the situation you will be, environment etc and we will endeavour to help come to an informative conclusion for your footwear.*

* These are available on a pre-order basis so please contact us beforehand to confirm your size etc.

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