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#52332 05/26/05 09:46 PM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This is what I'm wearing now. I'm very happy with them for kneeling, crawling, squatting, & ladder/scaffold work.

[Linked Image from]

#52337 06/03/05 03:35 AM
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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]

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
#52338 06/05/05 07:35 PM
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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.
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