Every day the majority of us will take thousands of steps. Whether it’s running errands, working, or playing with our kids, our feet are often what carries us through each day. This is why it’s important to prioritize your employee’s foot safety and ensure that everyone has the proper footwear.
Not having the proper footwear can lead to common issues such as aching feet, blisters, and sprains. More importantly improper footwear can lead to slips and falls, or even broken bones depending on the work environment. It’s important to assess possible risks in your workplace and to minimize the potential for injuries.
Some potential foot hazards to look for:
- Loose nails, sharp metal, or glass objects.
- Chain saws, unguarded motors or machinery.
- Slippery floors, tripping hazards, or poor lighting.
- Unsecured heavy objects, which may fall.
Solutions for these potential hazards are:
- Become more organized
- Keep walkways clear of debris or sharp objects.
- Have monthly walkthroughs to look for newly developed safety hazards.
- Place appropriate matting/signage where spills occur frequently.
- Purchase appropriate footwear, such as slip resistant or steel toed shoes.
Serious work related injuries occur more often than some might think. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 60,000 foot injuries per year result in lost workdays. Actively look for ways to improve work related safety. Taking a little bit of initiative before an accident can end up saving your company thousands of dollars in the future, because according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, the average cost of a lost workday foot injury is $9,600. Never underestimate the importance of proper footwear and safety.
Thank you for your time and attention. Let’s make it safe this Monday.
Demand Generation Specialist, Lift’n Buddy, a Southworth Company