945 Influence of industrial safety shoe characteristics on postural stability

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IntroductionWorking conditions, such as walking and standing on hard surfaces, can increase the development of musculoskeletal complaints. At the interface between flooring and musculoskeletal system, safety shoes may play an important role in the well-being of employees. Slip, Trip and fall accidents in the industrial setting range from trivial falls to life- threatening fatalities and injuries which could be as a compromised of postural stability. Safety shoe has different characteristic features but in what way these characteristics interact with each other and influence postural stability is uncertain. The study elucidates the influence of industrial safety shoes characteristic on different stabilometric dimensions that are the indicators of postural stability. The purpose of the current study effect is to explore the contribution of specific characteristics of safety shoe used in industries along with the individual characteristics in Static and dynamic postural conditions.MethodsTwenty-five male subjects performed the task of standing and walking on the piezoelectric force platform (Kistler, Switzerland, model 9268AA) with industrial safety footwear and centre of pressure displacements parameters were investigated as measures of postural stability.ResultsMultiple ANOVA results showed the significant influence of shoe characteristics (toe cap, sole of shoe, weight of the shoe and ankle type) and their interaction on the centre of pressure displacement determinants.ConclusionThe role of individual characteristics preponderate the impact of safety shoe characteristics on postural stability. This work gives a valuable insight to consideration of footwear characteristics for manufacturers and employers to put a check on Slip, Trip and Fall injuries which can improve the productive life of labour with more work efficiency.

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