ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
ShoutChat
Recent Posts
Al Hildenbrand - Minneapolis - obituary
by bcpappas - 02/02/23 08:01 PM
Violation?
by renosteinke - 01/27/23 09:52 PM
Does NEC 551.71 (F) apply to dwellings?
by BigB - 01/20/23 10:46 AM
Power submeter connections
by HotLine1 - 01/19/23 09:09 AM
New in the Gallery:
Burger King crown sillyness
Burger King crown sillyness
by wa2ise, December 11
240/208 to a house
240/208 to a house
by wa2ise, October 9
Who's Online Now
0 members (), 131 guests, and 8 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Page 2 of 2 1 2
#52332 05/26/05 09:46 PM
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,370
Likes: 1
Cat Servant
Member
Believe it or not, but there are numerous "specialty" standards that footwear, and other clothing can attempt to meet; one of these has to do with not presenting an elestrically conductive path. There is also an opposing standard -one that requires conductivity- intended for anti-static worksites.

As far as "no steel toes",well, I have had jobs on both sides of that issue. Some require, some forbid, most don't really care.

What type of footwear does an electrician need? Something with a moderate amount of ankle support. Something with a firm footbed that will be comfortable during the hours you'll spend on a ladder- yet still has enough flex to allow you to climb and crawl. Something with a sole that has enough 'bite' to give you traction, buy won't collect mud or mark floors. Something that breathes in the summer, yet has room for extra socks in the winter.

Keep in mind that far more electricians are injured in trips and falls, than are ever hurt by electrical shock.

#52333 05/27/05 01:41 PM
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
D
Member
I used to wear steel toes as an occasional habit - usually during rough ins only. I'd wear my "sneaker boots" (nylon/leather hikers) during trim-out.

Then I dropped a length of 2" RMC on my toe while unloading it from the truck. Luckily, I'd worn my safety boots that day.

Worn 'em religiously since. Only on very rare occasions do I not put 'em on when going to work.

#52334 05/27/05 07:52 PM
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 259
J
Member
I have been wearing steel stoe boots for the last 12 years. They have saved my toes plenty of times. I even have my day off hikers in steel toe.

#52335 06/01/05 11:32 PM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 23
T
Member
Steel toes are great. I just hate it when I drop something heavy on the bridge of my foot. It seems so much more painful when you expect to feel nothing at all! [Linked Image]

My hiking shoes are steel toe too. [Linked Image]

#52336 06/03/05 01:48 AM
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 200
U
Member
This is what I'm wearing now. I'm very happy with them for kneeling, crawling, squatting, & ladder/scaffold work.

[Linked Image from terrafootwear.com]

#52337 06/03/05 03:35 AM
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,876
E
e57 Offline
Member
Didn't say what the apprenticship was in... If its the com side, I would figure static being an issue. Some people are neurotic about static, although I don't see steel toes being an issue with it either.

Don't forget to ask what the reasoning is for this.

Personaly I wear steel toed sneakers. Doc Martin's, simular to these, but no laced slip-ons. [Linked Image from wildfree.com]


Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
#52338 06/05/05 07:35 PM
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 127
S
Member
Funny thing about steel toes in the state DOT where I work: we can (or at least we once could) be reimbursed for our work boots up to $125 but ONLY if they're steel-toed!

Also, steel toes are required when working on railroad rights-of-ways. Somehow, I do not believe they will protect my toes if a train should happen to run over them...


No wire bias here- I'm standing on neutral ground.
Page 2 of 2 1 2

Link Copied to Clipboard
Featured:

Tools for Electricians
Tools for Electricians
 

* * * * * * *
2023 National Electrical Code (NEC)
2023 NEC Now Available!
 
* * * * * * *

2020 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2020 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
The Watt Doctor
The Watt Doctor
Humble, TX
Posts: 440
Joined: December 2001
Top Posters(30 Days)
BigB 4
triple 3
Popular Topics(Views)
303,019 Are you busy
232,126 Re: Forum
216,777 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5