Almost certainly, you come under daily fire from UFOs at work!
But these are not of the little green men variety – UFOs (unexpected flying objects) are a daily occurrence on any building site. In fact they pose one of the biggest dangers of the paving industry.
And these are not the only hazards to beset you in the workplace.
The right pair of work boots may be all that stands between you and a life changing injury.
And if you needed more proof, below is a list of reasons why they are so important.
Your work boots help protect your feet from falling hazards. These could be heavy materials or tools, which can descend from great heights.
Think: it is not just your head which needs protecting from a falling hammer!
Chemical spills or even cement can burn your feet. As a paving construction worker these are all very real and present dangers.
Ensure your boots are up to scratch for protection against these hazards.
DANGERS FROM SHARPS
If you work in construction – like commercial paving – you are at risk from sharp material.
This could be glass or other fragments of sharp matter.
Breakages or flying matter could cause your shoes and feet to become punctured.
If you work with industrial saws or blades, then the risk of an accident is ever present.
For operators of tools such as chainsaws, logging boots should be worn, to help prevent catastrophe in the workplace.
Probably the most common problem facing any construction worker is that which is served up by Mother Nature.
In other words, the weather. As a paving professional, you will probably be out in all climes – rain, shine, snow and ice.
As such, you need to ensure protection from the elements.
Check that your footwear is properly waterproofed and warm enough for the conditions that you are working in.
Don’t forget to simply ensure that your boots fit correctly and are actually comfortable to walk in.
Wearing the wrong size or an uncomfortable shoe is the quickest way to back and posture problems later down the line.
FALLING AND SLIPPING
Traction is vital on a work boot. It can make all the difference between a trip or a fall, especially on surfaces which are wet or slippery.
The correct tread on a boot also can help prevent falls from ladders and other climbing equipment.
Remember to check your boots regularly for any signs of wear. You could save more than just your soles!