Common causes of eye injuries on the job
It’s estimated that more than 2,000 workers in the U.S. suffer some type of eye injury each day that requires medical treatment.
While some injuries may be easily treated and the worker recovers relatively quickly, others don’t have the same experience. Learning about some of the most common causes of workplace eye injuries can be a step in the right direction to preventing them.
Common causes of workplace eye injuries
There are two main causes of on-the-job eye injuries. One is because workers fail to wear the proper eye protection. The other is that the wrong type of eye protection is worn for the work being done.
These mistakes can result in eyes being burned, scraped, penetrated or struck. It’s up to employers to enact rules and regulations that make wearing eye protection mandatory. It’s even better for employers to provide workers with the proper eye protection for the work they are doing.
Preventing on-the-job eye accidents and injuries
According to experts, eye protection needs to fit the wearer or have adjustment features to ensure proper coverage. The wearer’s peripheral vision should be sufficient, too.
Employers can take steps to help prevent eye injuries on the job. One tip is to make sure the proper screens and guards are installed and working properly on machinery. It’s also wise to conduct hazard assessments to determine what type of protective eyewear is needed for a task or job. Once it is known, employers should provide the safety gear required.
Legal options for on-the-job eye injuries
Workers who experience eye injuries while working can usually recover workers’ compensation benefits. If you’ve been injured, don’t hesitate to seek assistance with your claim whenever necessary.