On July 10, 2013, a mine worker in Kentucky was involved in an accident that led to the loss of his eye. Billy Moore, a 30 year old man working at the Lone Mountain Processing Darby Fork Mine in Holmes, Kentucky, was driving a car filled with coal out of a mine when a piece of metal less than one inch long struck him in the eye, slicing his eye in half.
He was transported immediately to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky where a doctor was to remove his eye.
This tragedy highlights the importance of wearing personal protective gear at all times. In almost all industrial occupations, the eyes are a particularly vulnerable part of the body. Flying debris and chemicals pose serious threats to workers’ eyes. In this case, a simple pair of protective goggles could have prevented this tragedy from happening. Employers must provide such equipment it all workers, and employees bear the responsibility of wearing protective gear consistently.
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