As winter finally settles in, many construction workers across Calgary will be bundling up for work. Cold weather, snow and ice present new safety risks that need to be taken into account. One of your most important pieces of winter safety gear is your boots. Though there are many brands of high quality construction boots out there, they are not all equally suitable for cold weather work. Here are a few things to remember when selecting the winter work boots you need:
How Cold Will it Get?
Though Calgary is known for its dry, cold winters, this year has been seasonally warm. To keep your feet warm, you need to ensure they stay insulated, so look for winter boots that are made using products like Thinsulate. However, you also don’t want your feet to get too warm and start to sweat. Sweat, like other forms of moisture, can freeze and actually make your feet even colder. Check the temperature rating on the boots you are considering to ensure they are right for the temperature range you are expecting.
What About Snow or Rain?
Calgary winters may tend to be dry, but chinooks also mean lots of slush. You should ensure that your boots are waterproof so that your feet stay dry. Wet feet in winter are guaranteed to be cold feet, so opt for a boot that has a waterproof leather lining, Gore-TeX membrane, or both.
Any Additional Safety Requirements?
Most construction sites require that your work boots have safety toes. Many are made with steel, which is strong. However, like other metals they tend to hold the cold. By choosing a composite toe (that still meets all the necessary safety requirements) you can help keep your toes warmer. You should also opt for fiberglass or nylon ankle support shanks as opposed to steel ones for the same reason.
Check the Grip
Especially if you are going to be working outside, you need to ensure your boots have a good grip. A strong grip prevents slips and falls that could be deadly.
Make Sure You Are Comfortable
Like all construction boots, your Winter construction boots should also be comfortable - especially if you are going to be on your feet all da. You should ensure that you have a comfortable sole and good ankle support. Strong ankle support can help prevent twisted or broken ankles should you trip, slip or fall. Make sure the boots fit correctly and do not rub. If you do experience any rubbing, put on a band-aid or some moleskin before it turns into a full on blister.
Make the Right Choice For You
When purchasing your boots, ask what the return policy is. Most stores will let you take the boots home and try them out around the house before you fully commit to them. This will let you better determine if there are any spots that rub and if the boots are comfortable overall. If your boots are starting to wear out, you should definitely replace them. The expense of replacing them will pay for itself by keeping you safe, warm and dry this winter.
As a current employee of Matrix, we can help ease the cost of your new boot purchase by creating a payment plan. For additional details please call our office. For more information on construction safety visit matrixlabourleasing.com and call 403.201.9520 today.