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If foot support and protection is ignored, then these employees’ health and wellness is left to chance. In the workplace, slips, trips and falls are seemingly innocent hazards. However, these incidents are some of the leading contributors to injury and even death in the workplace.
People are working longer for many reasons, including the need or desire to continue generating income and the inability to afford early retirement.. Regardless of their motivation, these employees have decades of experience, and it shows in the wear and tear on their bodies and joints.
As cases of COVID-19 have soared throughout the U.S., the mental and physical cost has been damaging for employees in high-hazard industries such as manufacturing, warehousing/logistics, food processing and healthcare.
Without proper footwear and appropriate support for the job, employees can be subject to more than just discomfort. Workers are often faced with back, ankle, knee and hip pain, bad posture and foot problems like plantar fasciitis, sprains, bunions and corns.
Foot injuries are among the most prevalent incidents in the workplace, with overexertion listed as the No. 11 most frequently reported injury, and slips and trips as the second. The effects are staggering.
Technology has become embedded into almost every activity in our day-to-day living. From the moment we wake up, to the moment we go to sleep, so many parts of our day are impacted, and made easier by technology.
Criteria for replacing shoes and boots due to excessive wear and tear are very subjective. However, it is recommended to replace all types of industrial footwear every six months and, in some cases, even sooner.