Most eye injuries are completely preventable: with proper eye precautions, industrial workers can ensure that an unforeseen accident does not lead to serious eye damage or vision loss. Common causes of eye damage include:
- flying particles such as metal, glass shards, and pieces of wood
- contact with chemicals, gases, or hot liquids
- falling objects
- blunt force trauma
- working with lasers or UV rays without proper protection
Employers have the responsibility of providing proper eye protection to their employees, and employees have the responsibility of wearing protection without fail. Qualities to look for in effective eye protection include:
- Designed for the particular industry, taking the tasks of workers into account
- Comfortable enough with a proper fit to allow for proper range of motion and performance of duties
- Durable and wear-resistent
- Easily cleaned and disinfected
Eye protection is critical, but alone, it does not provide a complete picture of safety. Employers should provide emergency eye washes in industries where employees come into contact with dangerous chemicals and gases. Posted first-aid instructions also allow for quick response time and may prevent permanent injury.
The Industrial Injury Attorneys at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP Can Help
If you have been injured on the job, you are likely facing mounting medical bills for your treatment. Depending upon the circumstances of your injury, you may be able to recover compensation to help you through this difficult time. By retaining an experienced attorney, you can be certain that every avenue of recovery is explored. Contact us today for a free consultation.