Footwear company says reflective gumboots will improve mineworker safety Industrial footwear company bata industrials has enhanced its gumboots in an effort to improve the safety of mineworkers. Lack of visibility is rarely reported as the direct cause of an accident, but can often be a significant contributory factor.There is little doubt that improving visibility will greatly reduce the potential for accidents. At the recent bushveld safety forum, in rustenburg, in the north west province, bata industrials part of the bata international group introduced its new improved reflective gumboot. Bata industrials brand manager for africa clinton soutter reports that the main focus of the modifications are the reflective bands on the the boots, which are clearly visible when light is shone onto them. At the forum, it was reported that a large percentage of the deaths that occur under ground are attributable to accidents relating to poor use of reflective safety wear underground.In areas of poor visibility, collisions with locomotives and other equipment used in the mining process are commonplace owing to this. "Every miner knows that the clothing they wear is a vital part of increasing their personal safety, and highvisibility clothing with reflec tive elements is adopted as standard issue.However, due to the nature of the environment in which mining is conducted, clothing often becomes dull and dirty and this is further compounded by the temperature fluctuations from highs, [when] overall tops [are] removed or folded over trousers, to lows, [when] jackets [are] worn.All these factors impact directly on the visibility of the miner in their environment,"Says soutter. An item of clothing that is not often taken off is the gumboot.Soutter remarks that it then makes practical sense to introduce gumboots with reflective bands to make miners more visible in underground situations. Bata industrials area manager grant lawless reports that these reflective bands can be modified to fit in with the company's branding requirements.He adds that the company worked closely with diversified technology company 3m to establish the correct material that is used on the gumboots. Additional features on the gumboot include a removable inner sole that can be replaced when worn out. He adds that the company has extended an Cheap Mother of the Bride Dresses open opportunity to mining companies to test the gumboots on site. Soutter reports that the bata international group made the decision last year to expand aggressively into the industrial market as, with its global experience and knowledge, it felt that it had Dresses homepage a lot to offer the market.