Everyone knows the old adage “Use the right tool for the right job.” Seems easy enough. But what about when it comes to safety footwear? Protective boots and shoes are critical to helping lay the foundation for a safer day on the jobsite. Slips, trips and falls constitute the vast majority of general industry accidents, causing 15 percent of all unintentional deaths, according to OSHA. Selecting safety footwear based on the needs, requirements and jobsite environment is key to finding the right boot to help you get through your workday without incident. The three main footwear construction methods are cement, direct attach and welted. Each delivers a series of benefits built for specific end-uses. One of the most common things we see is workers selecting safety footwear that is not the most optimal choice for their work environment. The result? Safety footwear that falls short of performing, foot fatigue, back pain and other issues that can make the workday seem that much longer. Cement construction offers the lightest weight of all three constructions, and is also the most flexible. Once a boot’s upper is shaped and completed, the sole is attached with an adhesive. Direct-atta...