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Common causes of workplace eye injuries

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

If your job involves hands-on work, then you’re exposed to numerous hazards every day. It’s important to look after all aspects of your health, but the eyes are of special significance.

There are various ways that your eyes might be injured at work and recognizing the causes could help with accident prevention.

What are the most common causes of eye injuries in the workplace and what can you do if this happens to you?

Foreign objects

Whether you’re using hand tools, power tools or heavy machinery, it’s likely that foreign objects will be launched into the air. These could be small pieces of metal, plastic or even glass. Sometimes, small objects can travel at such a speed that they manage to penetrate your safety glasses and enter the eyes. In such a scenario, it’s vital to rinse your eyes out and seek medical attention promptly.

Bright lights

Using machinery can generate heat and sparks, which in turn create immense light. This is something that welders need to be aware of in particular. Welders emit powerful UV rays that the eyes are not equipped to handle. If such light comes into direct contact with the eyes, it can cause flash burns and long-term injuries.

Personal Protective Equipment is one of the best ways to prevent eye injuries at work, but it isn’t foolproof. If you’ve been injured on the job, then it might take you some time to recover. This could cause some financial suffering on top of your pain. If you seek legal guidance, then they may be able to point you in the right direction in terms of pursuing compensation.

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