Whether it’s above or below ground, the rugged, remote and rough mining environment exposes workers to some of the harshest working conditions out there. From extreme temperatures to heavy machinery, sharp objects, oil and other hazardous chemicals, workers deal with serious potential danger on a daily basis.
Dangerous workplaces can unfortunately lead to worker injuries, lost productivity and costly compensation payments for companies.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, of the 531,800 persons who experienced a work-related injury between July 2013 and June 2014, the occupation group with the highest rates of people who experienced a work-related injury or illness were 'Machinery operators and drivers' (88 per 1,000 employed persons).
The Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics recorded 117,815 serious claims between 2012-13; equating to 1.5 million weeks lost from work. When these cases and weeks are multiplied by $8,900, the medium compensation payment for a serious claim, companies are hit hard.
Falls, trips and slips accounted for 22% of claims with more than half involving falling over objects on the ground or on slippery surfaces. Therefore, every step that mining industry workers take needs to be safe.
Bank on Blundstone for safety
Blundstone’s premium range of Xfoot™ rubber soled safety work boots feature cutting edge innovation offering a range of features such as steel toe caps that provide maximum protection against impact as well as greater cut resistance, greater penetration resistance and optimum protection against rolling forces. They are also;
- slip resistant
- oil and acid resistant
- heat resistant up to 300°C
- electrical hazard resistant
- and offers flexibility and comfort
The Style 980 is part of Blundstone’s range of Xfoot™ Rubber Safety Boots. Its rubber outsole is designed to specifically increase slip resistance in varied environments, boasts excellent cut resistance and is impervious to hydrolysis and microbial attack.
Awards – The Blundstone 980 Underground Mining Boot recently won Best in Category at the 2015 Good Design Awards (Product Design – Commercial and Industrial) as well as the prestigious Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) Design Award 2015 for excellence in Australian product design.
Standards compliant – Non-metallic penetration resistant insole compliant to BS EN ISO 20345:2004. Certified to: Standard AS/NZS 2210.3.2009 Classification 1-ID 2815. Certified to: Standard ASTM F2413-11 including electrical shock resistance (Clause 5.5).
For more information on Blundstone’s Xfoot™ Rubber Safety Boots range click here.