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Document ID (ISN)109785
CIS number 09-926
ISSN - Serial title 0944-2502 - Zentralblatt für Arbeitsmedizin, Arbeitsschutz und Ergonomie
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Walther M., Handschin P.
Title Leg height of a safety shoe has no influence on the incidence of ankle sprains - A prospective study in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
Original title Die Schafthöhe des Sicherheitsschuhs hat keinen Einfluss auf die Häufigkeit des Distorsionstraumas - Eine prospektive Studie in Kooperation mit der Schweizer Bundesbahn (SBB) [in German]
Bibliographic information Jan. 2008, Vol.58, No.1, p.20-27. Illus. 21 ref.
Internet access 09-0926.pdf [in English]
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the leg height of safety shoes on the incidence of ankle sprains among railway workers. Eighty workers of the Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) were supplied either with a high top shoe (19cm shaft) or a standard shoe (12cm shaft). The investigation lasted two years. Workers were asked to evaluate the comfort, stability and fatigue, and all foot and ankle injuries were recorded. No foot or ankle injury was observed during the time of investigation. Comfort and fatigue were assessed to be significantly better with the standard shoe than with the high top shoe. Thus, the low top shoe does not lead to an increased rate of foot and ankle injuries.
Descriptors (primary) sprains; rail transport; comparative study; comfort criteria; safety shoes
Descriptors (secondary) Switzerland; fatigue; frequency rates; body mechanics; occupational medicine; comfort assessment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland; Germany
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Foot and leg protection
Rail transportation