One of the areas that are so easy to neglect is our feet, regardless of what industry we belong to but in construction, not only do our feet have to take a beating from walking around and standing on a job site all day, but they are also at risk of injury from any number of outside hazards such as falling objects, sharp objects sticking out the ground etc.
Something as seemingly small as a tool falling onto our feet can became a major injury and result in missed work days, pain, financial cost, decreased productivity and even permanent disability.
There is also the risk of physical exhaustion which can lead to unsteadiness that can cause slips, trips and falls.
To remedy the situation, workers should take regular breaks throughout the day to keep hydrated and rest off their feet.
It is also important employers protect employees and help reduce the risks by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety boots.
They also need to ensure workers have been properly trained on safety and how to utilise PPE correctly. For more on construction safety training and the white card course click here.