Waste Management, Waste Processing and Waste Disposal workplaces pose numerous and varied risks to workers’ health and safety. As is the case within most industrial settings, the most common sort of injuries can be foot injuries.
Foot injuries within Waste Management, Waste Processing and Waste Disposal environments tend to fall within the following injury categories:
As is the case within most industrial workplaces, dropping and falling objects, misuse of tools and machinery and vehicles can all result in foot injuries. The most common kinds of injuries are stress fractures, being small cracks in the bone. Bruising and cuts to the ankles and shins are also common if suitable safety footwear is not worn at all times.
Accounting for some 40% of all foot injuries, metatarsal injuries are painful and debilitating. The delicate metatarsal bones that connect the toes, running across the entire top of the foot towards the ankle, can easily become fractured if heavy object are dropped on them, or through vigorous twisting the foot. Standard safety footwear that conforms to EN ISO 20345 i.e. safety boots with a steel toecap and puncture-less sole are not enough for workers across waste environments. They need at the very least S3 safety boots that, not only protect the toecap to 200 joules, but also provide protective midsole and water-penetration protection. To protect the metatarsal bones, consider S3-M metatarsal protection work boots to protect the wearer’s entire foot.
Ankle and toe sprains from slips, trips and falls pose another debilitating injury to workers across waste sectors. Safety footwear should provide ample ankle support, as well as slip-resistant soles.
The highest SRC slip resistant rating means that footwear has been tested on ceramic tiles, wetted with dilute soap solution and tested on smooth steel with glycerol, greatly reducing the risk of slips.
Burns and Scalds
The waste sectors, not only process bulky, heavy and sharp waste objects, but also hazardous waste including hot metals, oil and chemicals. Safety footwear should be rugged and oil and chemical-resistant safety features should also be considered.
What Are The Best Safety Boots For Waste Management Workers?
Rock Fall Shale RF15 – One of the most rugged S3 safety boots available is Rock Fall’s Shale RF15. As well as metal toecap and midsole protection, Force10 technology provides scuff and abrasion-resistance.
An EVA shock-absorbing heel allows for hours of wearer comfort and a WRU water-resistant upper, oil-resistance, an HRO heat resistant outsole, HI heat insulation and SRC slip-resistant sole provides waste management workers with a very safe solution to working in hazardous environments.
Rock Fall Monzonite RF540 – Billed as a total protection safety boot, the Rock Fall Monzonite offers all of the features of the Shale, including oil-resistance, HRO, HI and SRC ratings. However, the Monzonite is 100% metal free and features internal metatarsal protection, providing waste management workers with the highest levels of foot protection.
Rock Fall Rhodium RF250 – For Waste Management workers processing and disposing of chemicals, the Rock Fall Rhodium is a superb safety boot option. With metal-free S3 toecap and midsole protection, the Rhodium is SRC slip-resistant and protects workers feet against exposure to a number of common chemicals.
For even more information on safety footwear, download Gorilla Safety’s 2019 Safety Footwear Guide here.