IT workers, listen up: You have to stop wearing high heels while doing computer repair. Seriously — it’s a real problem. And we have the data to prove it.

Some numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor find as many as 66 percent of all IT-related injuries happen to women. IT-related injuries? Yeah, my thoughts exactly. A safety consultant, though, was able to elaborate, telling Computerworld that “footwear can be a major cause” of the injuries, particularly — you guessed it — those high heels.

“Indeed, women are less likely to injure themselves in a shopping mall than at an office, said [Safety Resources consultant Kristin] VanSoest. ‘If I’m setting out to go shopping, I’m not going to put on my most uncomfortable dress shoes.’”

In case you were wondering, there were 1,120 reported IT-related injuries during one example year. (The data is collected by employers and then compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.) And, supporting the heel theory, many of the injuries revolved around “sprains, strains, and bruises involved the floor and other ground surfaces,” Computerworld reports.

So, again, my comrades in IT: We beg of you, please, just put the high heels away. Your safety depends on it.

This message brought to you by TechCult’s Institute for Fashionable Computing Safety.

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