Many workers suffer eye injuries, partial vision loss, and full blindness as a result of workplace accidents. With March being Workplace Eye Wellness Month, we wanted to bring attention to the matter in order to promote eye protection in an effort to reduce eye injuries on the job. Because our vision is critical in everything we do from getting ready for work, to driving to work, and doing our work, it is important that we use the right eye protection for the job.
For example, construction workers, assembly workers, carpenters, service industry workers, and workers in any profession where eye injuries are likely to occur should wear appropriate eye protection. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20, 300 occupational eye injuries were recorded in 2012, which resulted in missed days of work. Because many people in these industries don’t receive income if they aren’t at work, and because no one wants to suffer blindness, it is highly recommended that eye protection in the workplace is used.
When eye protection isn’t used and workers are exposed to chemicals, they can suffer burn injuries to their eyes. In addition, if carpenters and construction workers don’t use the appropriate gear on the job, they can suffer eye injuries from flying debris. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urge employers to provide their workers with appropriate eye protection, which could include:
- Safety glasses
- Face shields
Even if workers wear shields or glasses to protect their eyes on the job, if they aren’t fitting properly, chemicals or objects may still get under the eye protection and cause eye injuries. By wearing the right eye protection for the job, it can help minimize workplace eye injuries.
If you have suffered an eye injury on the job in Florida, you should find out your rights. Talk with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Fort Lauderdale at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 in a free consultation.