Effect of underground coal mining work boot preference on boot satisfaction and discomfort
Workplace injuries in mining are highly prevalent (Smith et al., 1999) and, in Australia, occur most frequently in underground coal mines (Government of Western Australia, 2011). The most common of these injuries are to the lower limbs, contributing to almost 18,900 lost working days and incurring $28 million in compensation claims annually. Approximately, 40% of miners who sustained lower limb injuries identified their work boots as the main causal factor. As a consequence, laced leather work boots were introduced as an alternative to the steelcapped gumboot (Marr, 1999; see Figure 1). Despite the uptake of this recommendation, no research has investigated whether the introduction of a leather lace-up boot for underground coal miners has positively influenced work boot satisfaction.