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Safety boots / footwear

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by echapman, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. echapman

    echapman Member

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    does any one know of any research / information on comparing Australian safety boot brands and styles (ie. lace up Vs. elastic sided boots) and injury statistics etc. related to safety footwear.
  2. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member


    Not aware of any definitve scholarly works on workbbots but each industry will have health and safety guidelines and in some cases statistics on injuries etc.
    Also each industry has specific requirements, either because of the surfaces or conditons in the workplace and thbis determines the kind of footwear worn.


    Information on the more popular brands sold in Australia is easily available on the net. Goggle 'workboots Australia' and you can compare styles pretty easily. Like all footwear many of the users are brand loyal and may prefer to wear footwear from other countries. Recent off-shore relocation of Australian boot manufacturers has caused some concern to the loyal Australian consumer but most seasoned workers wear what they and the industry know to be worthwhile, is my experience.

    A potential source of informed optinon might be published research relating to military boots also because of 'freedom of information' in the US, American research is more readily available.

    Good hunting

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  4. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Their is nothing out there that l know of either but l will follow it up for you.

    l will put forward to you that an elastic sided boot should not be in that category of "safety"

    There are many different boots designed for many different job applications, for example "smelter" boots, feature Kevlar threads ( l dont want to stitch another pair of them ever again) and vulcan rubber soles so the research would have to be on each style / industry out there which would be a huge job

    All Safety Boots sold in Australia as "Safety" must carry the AS/NZS 2210: 2000, which is not given away it must go through a testing procedure, in fact a very large retailer had to withdraw several thousand pair from sale as the boxes said "Safety Boots"
    they were made overseas and did not reach or carry the AS/NZS 2210: 2000.

    The standard that governs protective footwear is AS/NZS 2210: 2000
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2008
  5. trevor

    trevor Active Member

    You might like to start with http://www.steelblue.com.au/
    and follow the links. They support the podiatry industry in OZ

    Elastic sided boots and safety boots should not be used in the same sentence.
    Merry Xmas all
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 18, 2008
  6. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member


    Not sure why elasticated boots are getting such adverse criticism as there is little independent evidence to support they contribute to accidents in the work place. Granted there are alternative styles some arguably more appropriate than others but in the end it comes done to personal choice with comfort a key factor.

    As a shoe style elasticate boots probably predate engineers boots which were the forerunner of military boots then industrial boots. As a linage they have particularly well starred pathway with none other then Prince Albert an instigator of the style. Known in the US as congress boots in the 19th century they were the preferred footgear of senators (maybe that is where the distrust comes from?) and considered to be the most comfortable boot, ever. The boots were used to bribe custom officers in order to bring in contraband and were highly coveted albeit those custom officers who wore them were known to be corruptable. RM Williams took the style and crafted a one piece upper to produce a waterproof boot which has become one of the more iconic boots of modern times. Absolutely ideal for the station farming industry.

  7. echapman

    echapman Member

    thanks for everyone for your help / suggestions
    I agree there isn't any research out there for elastic sided boots and injury rates comparing it with lace-ups and injury rates - guess that is what i was looking for.
    Interesting giving how many industries / people required to wear safety footwear.
    I will keep looking and if find any information will post it
    thanks again
  8. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    The elastic sided boot offer no support at all and when your are pushing, pulling or lifting as you tend to do in those industries you need all the support you can get. Most of the industrial EB (elastic sided boots) are one fitting, w i d e which does not help either.They fit the foot almost as well as a bell

    If the boot can be slipped on it can be slipped off.

    Stepping into sticky mud on the move at a worksite and the boot does not follow you:hammer:
    or step onto a broken pallet and have the boot heel get stuck between the slats it does not come with you.......safety first
  9. Don ESWT

    Don ESWT Active Member

    :santa:Has anyone looked up or asked about the work done by Shirley Marr in the 70's-90's on Safety Footwear. Did she not help set up the standards??

    Don Scott:santa:

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