How to Avoid Foot Injuries on Construction Sites

How to Avoid Foot Injuries on Construction Sites

08th May 2019

Last week we took a look at safety footwear, how important it is on construction sites and the regulations governing its use.  Today we’re going to give our readers some advice on how to avoid some of the most common foot injuries experienced when working in the construction industry.

The most important advice is to make sure you focus on protecting your feet from injury as any damage to the feet is likely to result in a significant amount of time off work as the feet heal.  Remember that preventing an injury is much easier than healing the injury once the damage has been done.

always wear the safety footwear issued to you, making sure the boots fit well and are comfortable.  After all, you will be wearing these boots throughout the working day and badly fitting footwear can cause damage to the feet.  Construction workers spend a lot of time walking on hard, uneven surfaces, often filled with dangerous items such as shards of glass, nails and other obstacles.  This means that puncture-resistant, anti-fatigue insoles will be necessary to protect your feet from objects that may penetrate your footwear (and your feet).  Insoles that feature memory foam technology provide optimum support and comfort for the feet.

Watch where you walk in order to avoid mishaps and stumbles from uneven surfaces or sharp objects.  A construction site, by its very nature, is in a constant state of change, so don’t rely on knowing the site and your routes to different work areas.  The routes may change or ongoing work may introduce temporary obstacles and risks into the route at times.  “Eyes down-looking” doesn’t just apply to Bingo halls, it applies on construction sites where you should be on the lookout for any ground level dangers and obstacles to avoid.

When carrying heavy objects or tools, make sure you have a firm grip on them and that they are not too heavy to be moved manually in a safe manner.  Objects which are too heavy to move manually should be moved using equipment specifically designed for the task.  So many foot injuries are caused by heavy objects dropping onto the feet.

Be on the lookout for any trip hazards, whether out on site or in break areas and comfort stations.  Loose floor matting should be reported to a supervisor and repaired immediately.

To avoid slips, make sure that your footwear features non-slip soles and that the soles are not too worn to function effectively and prevent slips.  If using ladders or other access equipment, make sure that this is free from contamination, especially oil, paint or other liquids that may be slippery and prevent the soles of your boots from maintaining a firm grip.

Finally, if your safety footwear is compromised by any type of damage, arrange for your employer to issue replacements so that your work boots are always in top condition and able to do the job for which they are intended, protect your feet at all times.

Last week we took a look at safety footwear, how important it is on construction sites and the regulations governing its use.  Today we’re going to give our readers some advice on how to avoid some of the most common foot injuries experienced when working in the construction industry.

The most important advice is to make sure you focus on protecting your feet from injury as any damage to the feet is likely to result in a significant amount of time off work as the feet heal.  Remember that preventing an injury is much easier than healing the injury once the damage has been done.

always wear the safety footwear issued to you, making sure the boots fit well and are comfortable.  After all, you will be wearing these boots throughout the working day and badly fitting footwear can cause damage to the feet.  Construction workers spend a lot of time walking on hard, uneven surfaces, often filled with dangerous items such as shards of glass, nails and other obstacles.  This means that puncture-resistant, anti-fatigue insoles will be necessary to protect your feet from objects that may penetrate your footwear (and your feet).  Insoles that feature memory foam technology provide optimum support and comfort for the feet.

Watch where you walk in order to avoid mishaps and stumbles from uneven surfaces or sharp objects.  A construction site, by its very nature, is in a constant state of change, so don’t rely on knowing the site and your routes to different work areas.  The routes may change or ongoing work may introduce temporary obstacles and risks into the route at times.  “Eyes down-looking” doesn’t just apply to Bingo halls, it applies on construction sites where you should be on the lookout for any ground level dangers and obstacles to avoid.

When carrying heavy objects or tools, make sure you have a firm grip on them and that they are not too heavy to be moved manually in a safe manner.  Objects which are too heavy to move manually should be moved using equipment specifically designed for the task.  So many foot injuries are caused by heavy objects dropping onto the feet.

Be on the lookout for any trip hazards, whether out on site or in break areas and comfort stations.  Loose floor matting should be reported to a supervisor and repaired immediately.

To avoid slips, make sure that your footwear features non-slip soles and that the soles are not too worn to function effectively and prevent slips.  If using ladders or other access equipment, make sure that this is free from contamination, especially oil, paint or other liquids that may be slippery and prevent the soles of your boots from maintaining a firm grip.

Finally, if your safety footwear is compromised by any type of damage, arrange for your employer to issue replacements so that your work boots are always in top condition and able to do the job for which they are intended, protect your feet at all times.