With the increasing popularity and improvement of labor protection concept, various types of finely divided labor protection products have appeared in the market, and people have started to make targeted choices when purchasing labor protection products. For example, erector is a high-risk type of work for working at height. Before construction, workers should do a good job of safety protection, such as wearing safety shoes, safety belts, safety shoes, etc.
Labor protection shoes are a kind of footwear with safety protection for the feet, and there are many kinds, such as protecting toes from smashing, stabbing, slipping, anti-static, insulating, acid and alkali resistant, etc. The choice of protective footwear for scaffolders depends on the working environment, the nature of the work and the degree of danger.
The main risk for scaffolders is that during scaffold erection and dismantling operations, workers will step on the steel pipes of the scaffold and slip, causing accidents. Therefore, in our safety standards, all references are to “slip resistant shoes”. With the release of the new standard, safety shoes have also added the requirement of anti-slip performance, so that this risk can be reduced to some extent.
The difference between anti-slip safety shoes and ordinary shoes is the sole. Anti-slip shoes have a special non-slip sole that has a better grip on the smooth surface to ensure that the user can also stand firmly on his heels while working and not slip easily. When scaffolders build scaffolding, they often have to step on steel pipes, so the sole of the shoe should have sufficient slip resistance. The structural design, width and depth of the sole pattern will affect the slip resistance of the sole.
Anti-smashing safety shoes, when carrying out other operations on scaffolding, such as handling and installation, are prone to the danger of falling objects and impacts, as well as pre-buried parts and tie-downs, which are easily touched by personnel while working. Anti-smash safety shoes are designed to prevent falling objects from hitting the feet by placing impact resistant material on the front toe of the shoe. Anti-smash safety shoes are widely used to protect the feet from heavy objects.
In some formal, large building construction units contracted on the site, workers commonly use the following types of labour protection shoes.
- Insulating shoes
These labor protection shoes are suitable for technicians in the electrician department to wear. The work of electricians is carried out throughout the whole project, and due to the complex environment of the site, the working environment of electricians is extremely dangerous, so they must wear insulated helmets, insulated gloves and insulated safety shoes.
- High temperature resistant labor protection shoes
The work site often has to carry out on-site welding, and welding will produce sparks and welding spatter. Therefore, if you do not want to be accidentally injured, then high-temperature resistant labor protection shoes and labor protection work clothes are a must.
- Anti-smashing shoes
Smash-proof shoes are the most common type of shoes used on construction sites. There is always a risk of being hit by inadvertently falling sticks, stones, bricks and other heavy objects on a construction site, so anti-smash shoes are the primary choice for construction workers.
- Puncture-proof shoes
Construction sites are full of debris, so if you don’t wear puncture-proof shoes, the soles of your feet can easily be pierced by sharp objects. Therefore, anti-puncture shoes are essential.
Hygienic and comfortable safety shoes can improve worker productivity and prevent chronic foot or leg disorders. Important indicators of comfort performance include the need for the upper material to meet specific waterproof and breathable standards, the inner material to easily absorb sweat, and the odor to be emitted when the shoe is removed. Other safety features include a sole design that fits well, support for the foot and arch, softness and flexibility, and an anti-vibration design for the foot bed and heel.
The above is a brief introduction to the 4 types of safety shoes commonly found on construction sites. Workers of different types of jobs should choose suitable safety shoes according to the working environment and nature of work. In order to protect workers from injuries and reduce safety disputes at construction sites, a pair of safety shoes with good protection is indispensable. Enterprises must pay great attention to it, always be vigilant, and start from the details to avoid accidents.