Foot injuries can be quite painful… and costly. They can sideline a worker or a team and add tremendous cost to your bottom line. Of the 12 million work-related injuries that happen on average each year, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that 10% of those injuries are to the feet and ankles.
Foot injuries... stink. Foot injuries can floor a productive worker or team… and add tremendous cost to your bottom line. It astounds me that many organizations still don't realize there is great value in protecting the feet of their workers.
There was a time when it was the norm for employers to tell their employees to go out and buy what they think they need to protect their feet. As the average employee is not an expert on safety footwear, most tend to focus on the style of the shoes worn by the people in their area, instead of selecting the shoes that will protect them the most. Unfortunately, there are some organizations that may still operate in this mode.
Each year there are approximately 1.2 million foot and ankle injuries in the U.S. These injuries cost our businesses an average of five lost work days and a combined $600 million paid in workers compensation and lost production.
Employers are not required to purchase shoes that are considered acceptable for personal use. However, if specific shoes are required that cannot be reasonably worn in everyday-life, it is the employer’s responsibility to purchase them.