Work-related eye injuries are more common than you might imagine. In fact, more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work every day in the United States. When airborne, a spark or piece of metal or glass smaller than a pin head can lacerate or puncture the eye, potentially causing permanent damage. However, eye and face protection can prevent up to 90 percent of eye injuries that occur on the job. There are various types of personal protective equipment (PPE) available on the market for workers.
Wear the Proper Gear While Working
The following are factors to consider when choosing your eye and face protection:
- Make sure it fits properly: If your PPE does not fit well, then it may not protect you from debris and chemicals. Every person’s face shape is different, so a one-size-fits-all face shield or goggles may not be ideal. Your eye and face protection should be snug, but not too tight, so you can do your job without discomfort.
- Glasses are not eye protection: Many workers assume their eyeglasses offer enough protection from workplace hazards. Different types of PPE are made from specialized materials designed to withstand heat and chemicals, unlike regular glasses. If you need glasses to see, you can either purchase eye protection designed with your prescription or wear PPE over your glasses.
- Treat your eye and face protection well: Take time to clean, store, and maintain glasses, goggles, and face shields. Do not leave them in your car or any place where they can be exposed to extreme temperatures. We suggest a clearly labeled, plastic storage container so you can find them easily every day.
- Use the latest information: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides a standard list of recommended eye and face protection based on the job at hand, and the potential hazards that you might encounter, such as chemicals, dust, heat, impact, and optical radiation. Check to ensure you are using the latest, most innovative equipment available.
Always Practice Safety at Work
According to OSHA, the absence of proper PPE was the most frequently cited issue among employers nationwide. When your eyesight is at stake, you cannot afford to be one of these statistics. Advocate for yourself and always use eye and face protection when the job calls for it. If you become injured due to the negligence of another worker, it is important to contact a Workers’ Compensation lawyer for advice on filing a claim.
Bucks County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Protect the Rights of Injured Workers
If you suffered an eye injury at work, the Bucks County Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. can help. Our team has the experience and determination to help you receive the benefits you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 888-999-1962 for a free consultation. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.