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How many people do you know that have stood on a nail or something sharp? At the very least it’s a painful experience and at worst, it can drive contamination into the foot.

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As freezing and snowy conditions continue to hit the UK it is critical to be taking care of yourself and avoiding the dangers it presents. Many roles in construction, rail and agriculture involve continuing to work in these conditions outdoor.

There are three common dangers that people are faced when working in below zero temperatures. It is important to be able to identify them, know how to[...]

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European studies report that between 33% and 50% of all workers spend in excess of 4 hours a day on their feet. Given that over 30 million people are in employment in the UK, this means that even the most conservative calculation would indicate over 10 million UK workers are on their feet over 4 hours a day.

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The Background

A Rail Industry workshop commissioned by V12 Footwear flagged up Ankle Protection as a number one concern of both Wearers and Specifiers in the Rail Industry. Here are some of the comments that were recorded: 

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The EU Keymark stands for consistent, proven safety. It ensures regular independent testing during production, so that every boot that comes off the line meets assured safety standards. No other safety footwear brand comes with the Keymark accreditation.

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Does your company provide appropriately fitting PPE for women? We asked women all over the engineering and construction sector to discuss what they think about the PPE provided to them, and how it could be improved.

Turns out, the industry still has a long way to go! Especially when it comes to safety footwear. 

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Comfort. The number one priority for safety footwear wearers... well aside from safety. And the most important factor in creating perfectly comfortable safety boots and shoes? A perfect last. 

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The most common accident in the workplace is slips trips and falls, with an average of 156,000 such reported injuries occuring in 2016. Everyone knows that their safety footwear has to provide good slip resistance for this very reason, but what many people don't realise is that the best sole for one environment might not be up to the job in another.

This blog post will help you to[...]

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We often get asked the question: what is better, steel or composite toe caps when it comes to safety footwear? 

We've written a whole academic paper on the subject, but to summarise, the answer is... Both meet the required standards for safety footwear and both are safe when made with the correct skills. 

What it comes down to is your preferences.  

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Most of the leather used in the manufacture of safety footwear falls into two categories, bovine hides which are a by-product of beef production and Buffalo hides which are sourced mainly from the Punjab area of North India. Both are robust enough to withstand the rigours of the challenging environments in which our customers wear V12 boots.

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