I recently started a new career and I've been working at a new job in an industrial setting for the past 10 months. So far everything has been going good, I like the work, I like my coworkers and I like my boss.
My only issue with the job is that everyone is required to wear steel-toed-shoes. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but I do spend a considerable amount of time climbing on ladders and up on equipment and I just feel like having two heavy weights on my feet reduces my agility and considerably increases the risk of a fall.
I can't even imagine any scenarios where my feet could possibly get hurt due to the lack of foot protection, but I see many scenarios were I could fall and get seriously hurt and the extra weight on the feet being the cause.
I think I have 3 options:
Not say anything, continue to wear the steel-toes. I think this would be rather stupid if I do end up falling and getting hurt/killed.
Complain to someone about this like my manager or the safety coordinator. I really don't want to do this either since I'm new and I don't think it would do any good. I think they'd just end up pointing to the policy and say that I gotta follow the rules.
Just wear normal shoes, and not tell anyone. I think it is highly unlikely anyone would ever check if I were wearing the right shoes and highly unlikely I'd get injured to the lack of them.
So I guess I'm pretty much leaning to option number 3. Is there any reason option 1 or 2 would be better, or are there better alternative options?