When we think of workplace accidents and injuries, the first images that come to mind are often of cuts, scrapes, and bruises, with the worst case being a broken bone. Although minor injuries like these may result in missed work days to cover treatment and recovery, there are more hazardous occupations that may result in serious damage if proper precautions are not taken.
Eye injuries are more common than you may realize, with over 20,000 incidents occurring on a yearly basis, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. From eye strain to severe trauma due to contact with objects, particles, and hazardous chemicals, eye related injuries cost over $300 million each year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and Worker’s Compensation, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While it goes without saying that we should protect our eyes in hazardous conditions, there are several precautions that you can take to prevent serious eye injuries in the workplace.
Identify Potential Hazards & Risks
The first step to preventing an accidental eye injury at work is to identify potential hazards. Occupations that involve the use of chemicals, compressed air, and tools may result in an eye injury due to flying particles and objects. Furthermore, specific environments may be harmful to your eyesight, including those that utilize excessively bright lights or are in high dust areas.
Wear Proper Eye Gear
Sunglasses, prescription eye glasses, and contact lenses do not prevent eye injuries. In many cases, the use of these forms of eye wear may make eye injuries worse. When entering an area that poses a hazard, wear protective eye gear. Depending on your occupation, the type of recommended eye wear varies. You want to wear glasses with side shields in areas where particles, objects, or dust may fly around. Wearing goggles when working with chemicals and special purpose face shields or helmets when working with radiation is highly recommended.
Recognizing Eye Injuries
If you believe that any foreign substance has entered your eye, do not hesitate to visit a medical professional, as many injuries can result in permanent damage if not taken care of properly. There may be a situation where a foreign substance encounters your eyes without notice, so it is important that you are able to recognize an eye injury when it occurs.
The following symptoms indicate necessity for emergency treatment:
Bleeding, cuts or tears, whether on the eye itself or the eyelid
Unusual eye size, shape, or appearance when compared to the other eye
Impaired eye movement and difficulty seeing
Philadelphia Workplace Injury Lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP Fight for Injured WorkersIf you or someone you know has experienced an eye-related injury while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation in cases of severe injury or permanent damage. Our experienced team of Philadelphia workplace injury lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP work tirelessly to assist clients in receiving the justice they deserve. We are willing and able to provide you with assistance in the event of workplace accidents and injury. Contact us online or call 267-589-0090 for a consultation today. With an office located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout the surrounding areas.