Of course, preventing a potential hazard is the best-case scenario. However, given the nature of labor-intensive industries like construction and engineering, eliminating all sources of injury is often not feasible. Because of this, employers must provide the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to their workers – including steel-toe boots, metatarsal foot protection, and rubber boots with steel toes – that are specific to the employees' work functions.
Remember to ask your employer about how they can support your need for work boots and other gear. It may be through reimbursement or an annual stipend.