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When Safety Footwear Becomes a Hazard

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One way we can protect ourselves from workplace hazards is by wearing the proper safety footwear.  Safety shoes and boots can help workers avoid the dangers of chemicals, flames and slipping while on the job.  Most would agree that wearing the proper footwear is essential to a job where there are safety risks involved, however, we often fail to realize how our safety footwear can become a hazard itself.

Looking at industrial footwear as a subcategory of footwear as a whole, industrial footwear is subject to greater wear and tear at a faster rate than other types of footwear, namely the degradation of the midsole and outsole.  This is mainly due to the tasks being performed while wearing safety footwear and the hard surfaces which it is used on.  When the shock absorbing midsoles and outsoles (usually made out of polyurethanes) wear down, shock absorption, balance and motion control decreases significantly, causing more muscle fatigue and pain. Continue Reading…

Timberland PRO Helix Safety Toe Work Boots

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Workers have now great opportunity to make them comfortable and alert while working, as the Timberland PRO boots are providing historically the best work boots. The Timberland PRO boots and their Helix collection make you feel comfortable on your feet even when you work long hours. While wearing these work boots, you can focus on work instead of your feet all the time. This collection has specially designed to make you feel safe at workplace by keeping you off the ground with great comfort. This is the care factor, this collection has brought for all the workers that work really long hours. Continue Reading…

Staying Safe While Riding Your ATV

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The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer.  Finally, it is time to get ready for some outdoor activities and get rid of that cabin fever for the season.  We’re sure you have a long list of tasks and recreational activities that you’re just itching to embark on and, for many of us, that list includes enjoying your All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

ATVs can be a great asset to the workplace as well as a fun way to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  They are currently used in several industries such as agriculture, emergency services and land management.  They are cost-efficient as well as versatile which makes them an ideal vehicle both on the job and off.  However, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released statistics revealing that ATV injuries are on the rise and ATV accidents are to blame for the deaths of 41 workers in the U.S. in 2010. Continue Reading…

The APMA Approves Select Blundstone Footwear

The APMA Approves Blundstone Work Boots

The APMA Approves Blundstone Work Boots

The health of your feet is a very important factor when thinking about your work. Uncomfortable work boots and shoes can be a pain in the butt, and in the foot, especially if your job requires you to be on your feet for several hours a day.  No one wants to suffer from tired, achy feet day in and day out, but how do you know what types of footwear won’t cause foot pain and discomfort?  Luckily, the American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) Seal of Acceptance Program does the homework for you and finds the best in footwear – shoes and boots that are not only comfortable, but also promote good foot health if worn long term. Continue Reading…

Muck Terrain Boots Earn Time In the Muck

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The best inventions don’t come out of people’s heads. They come out of people’s hands. What we mean is, the best inventions usually rise out of necessity. “I need something that does this, and it doesn’t exist yet, so I’ll make it.” Rather than “if I make this neat cool thingy, I bet people will buy it, since it’s new and shiny.”

Years ago, a little company with a rather appropriate name, Muck, put a product on the market that was the first of its kind. Waterproof work boots made out of neoprene. Yes, the same stuff they make wetsuits out of. Neoprene is a synthetic rubber that is known for its durability,  chemical resistance, burn resistance; and most importantly, for its flexibility, even over a wide range of temperatures. In short, it’s like rubber… on steroids. Muck is the original neoprene boot maker. And in all the time since, nobody has made a better neoprene boot yet. Except Muck… with its latest line of neoprene boots: Muck Terrain Boots (MTR-000). Continue Reading…

Travel Light With Ergodyne Water Resistant Duffel Bags

Ergodyne Arsenal Waterproof Duffel Bag

Traveling light while keeping your possessions protected is one on the minds of travelers and workers alike. Ergodyne has the perfect travel bag that is lightweight, water- and cold-resistant and built to fit plenty of room for your essentials. The amazing GB5030 Ergodyne duffle bag is designed to hold up during sleet, snow, rain and wind, without damaging what’s inside. Made with Tarpaulin material, Ergodyne has tested this bag against the elements of weather and promises to protect your valuables, no matter what’s happening outside. The Ergodyne Arsenal bag is available in three sizes, small, medium and large, ensuring there is a model to fit your needs no matter what they are. Continue Reading…

How Much Thinsulate Do I Need In My Footwear?

Thinsulate In Work Boots

Thinsulate is a microfiber material that insulates even when damp, and dries quickly. It’s used in gloves, jackets, footwear and other clothes in different thicknesses.

Measured in grams (per square meter), you have quite a choice at of weights at our Working Persons’s Store. We prefer you to be a little on the cautious side when it comes to manufacturerer’s recommendations, and, of course, “your mileage may vary.” We also feel that insulated footwear should be one of your warmer purchases, as it’s easier to layer things like jackets and sweatshirts comfortably. So we carry a heck of a lot of Insulated Boots with this material. Continue Reading…

Foot Anatomy

Foot Anatomy

The human foot and ankle are complex organs that work together to provide strength and flexibility. The ankle serves as a foundation that provides shock absorption. The foot can sustain enormous pressure and provides flexibility and resiliency. The foot and ankle contain:

  • 26 bones (one-quarter of the bones in the human body);
  • 33 joints;
  • more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments; and
  • a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue. Continue Reading…

Foot Ailments

Healthy Feet

You are on your feet, working most of the day, so naturally your feet require specialized care. A doctor specializing in foot care is a podiatrist. He can contribute to your total health, starting at the feet. Whether you need regular preventive care or surgery to correct a deformity, information is the strongest weapon against foot ailments. In order to keep your feet healthy, be familiar with the most common ills that affect them. Be aware that self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one, and is generally not advisable. Continue Reading…

What is Hammer Toe?

Hammer Toe

The toes may seem small and relatively insignificant, but they are vital to walking and working. There are at least six sets of muscles that control each toe. Two tendons join on the dorsal aspect (top) of the toes, and insert into the middle and distal phalanges of each toe. On the bottom (plantar aspect) of the toes are two more muscles that, instead of joining like the extensors, remain separate. Each muscle stabilizes one of the bones in the toe. The flexor digitorum longus muscle attaches to the bone at the end of the toe (distal phalanx) and the flexor digitorum brevis attaches to the middle phalanx. The lumbrical and the interossei muscles stabilize the proximal phalanx (inner toe bone). Continue Reading…

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