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Please Don’t Let Me See What I Think I’ll See

Please Don’t Let Me See What I Think I’ll See

  • The boot looks pretty bad after its encounter with the bolter rig. The one thing Darren Sisson (the wearer) had going for him was that this is a steel toe model.

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  • Boot looks bad, but the steel is not flat and there is no blood (or toes) to be seen.

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  • When he arrived at the hospital he was finally able to look at his foot and was relieved to find that his injuries were less serious than he expected. The doctors told him he had one broken toe and was going to lose a toenail - both injuries that would eventually heal. His situation would no doubt have been different if he hadn’t been wearing steel-toe boots.

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  • This is Sisson's foot some time after the accident. Looks gnarly the way any guy's foot does - but way better than it could have been. I’m not familiar with Oliver Boots, the Australian brand Sisson was wearing when he had the accident. But if I was him I’d probably wear them for the rest of my career.

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Steel-toe boots are like safety glasses and fall protection, you don't really need them until suddenly you do. Don't believe me? Then check out the boot Darren Sisson was wearing during a close encounter with a 5-ton piece of construction equipment.

Sisson was working on a tunnel project in Brisbane, Australia when a bolter rig fell off the loader and onto his boot. He describes riding in the ambulance and not wanting to look at his foot because he was afraid of what he might see.  I know the feeling, and you do too if you have had a serious accident – you instinctively want to delay the moment when you have to admit something happened to you that can't be fixed or changed.

As Sisson put it in a story posted on the boot maker's website, "I was lying back waiting for my toes to fall out onto the floor or blood to gush everywhere when the boot was removed. I was thinking this is my start to a new life, a life with half a foot, or no toes".

To see how things turned out for Sisson click the photo on the left side of this page.