Mining-specific Boots Increase Comfort and Prevent Injuries
Mines are, without a doubt, one of the most dangerous, unpredictable and hostile environments. For these reasons, mining-specific boots must offer protection that goes beyond the already well-known risks.
This is what the Research and Development Department at STC Footwear had in mind when they started consulting the men and women who have hands-on experience. Who would know better than them what their daily working needs are?
Irregular grounds at mines, the possibility of landslides and splatters of liquid substances are part of a miner’s daily life. The risk of stumbling or falling and spraining or fracturing a body part increases when the worker’s boots do not offer adequate support for the ankles.
That is the spirit in which STC designed the Lock Fit Ankle. It is an integrated padding system, located at the ankle, that allows the foot to position itself inside the boot in a way that will prevent foot sprains. It is frequently added to Wellington’s style pull-up boots, since they do not always provide a good ankle support.
Miners have to be able to act quickly in case of emergency. Whether they are carrying out their daily tasks, climbing a ladder or leaving a dangerous area, they cannot be preoccupied with the risk of losing their safety boots or hurting themselves.
The Lock Fit Ankle also absorbs shock and reduces pain in the event of a blow on the foot. Having a proper fit prevents the friction that can cause blisters, which can become a handicap when working.
There are two types of ankle reinforcements available in the shoe market, rigid plastic or foam. The Lock Fit Ankle uses foam, which is thicker and therefore, has a better shock absorption, and is also more comfortable.
These two options feature the Lock Fit Ankle. The Cobalt was created for the mining, oil and gas industries, has steal-toe protection, and features a removable insulation insole. It is the best mining boot available for cold weather operations.
Learn more at www.stcfootwear.com.