New research conducted by footwear brand, Dr. Martens, reveals that cold feet are the biggest bugbear amongst tradesmen and women working outdoors.
Despite wearing safety footwear, 65% of tradespeople surveyed cited cold feet as their top problem, with wet feet (40%) and bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot amongst the other nasties thought to be the worst side effects for those exposed to the elements.
Of the 420 tradesmen and women surveyed working in industries such as construction, logistics and heavy manufacturing, half spend at least 50% of their time working outdoors.
In the UK, as in many other countries, there is no legal maximum or minimum outdoor working temperature. Whilst employers are responsible for providing adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect employees during extreme weather, three quarters of workers surveyed actually take responsibility for selecting their own safety footwear.
Commenting on the research, Jon Marchant, Global Category Manager at Airwair International Ltd – Dr. Martens, said: “To keep safe, warm and dry when outdoors, industrial workers should really invest in quality protective footwear. You should always check first that they meet current EN and ISO safety standards and then look for features that are going to help keep your feet warm and comfortable in the tough conditions you may be working in.”
Designed to safeguard outdoor workers, Dr. Martens has launched its new fully waterproof collection in three styles: TURBINE ST, SURGE ST and TORRENT ST.
Particularly suitable for outdoor workers enduring prolonged exposure to the cold weather, the TORRENT ST is a fully waterproof, insulated, non-metallic, safety boot featuring antistatic properties, composite safety toe cap and Smartmask puncture-resistant midsole. The full S3 specification boot also has the added benefit of a Smartmask PU cushioned footbed and additional toe protection.
The fully waterproof, non-metallic TURBINE ST safety rigger boot and SURGE ST safety boot also feature antistatic properties, composite safety toe cap and Smartmask puncture-resistant midsole. These full S3 specification boots also have the added benefit of a Smartmask PU cushioned footbed and additional toe protection.
For an added layer of warmth and a great fit, Dr. Martens also supplies specialist Doc’s Socks which feature padded terry cloth around the heel, ankle and underfoot for comfort.
Dr. Martens has drawn on over half a century of boot making experience for its Industrial Range of footwear. Technology has developed considerably over the last few decades but the premise for what is required has remained the same: comfort, protection and durability.
Available in UK sizes 6 to 13, the range is available at www.drmartens.com/Industrial.