On-the-job eye injuries can be quite severe and can have many ramifications. They can require significant medical treatment and could leave a worker with impaired vision. There are many different eye-related hazards that can come up in a workplace. What can workers do to protect themselves from such hazards?
Well, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, one thing that can help with combating many eye injury risks at work is workers wearing proper eye protection. The organization estimates that a vast majority of workplace eye injuries (90 percent) could be prevented by workers wearing protective eye gear.
There are many different kinds of protective eyewear. Which would be best suited for a worker depends on the types of hazards they are likely to encounter in their work.
As this discussion underscores, protective eyewear is a very important piece of workplace safety gear. So, it is crucial that such safety equipment functions the way it is supposed to and doesn’t contain defects. Defective protective eyewear could leave a worker with less protection than they think they are getting, which could potentially open the door to the worker suffering eye injuries.
When a person gets hurt at work because safety gear or some other piece of equipment didn’t function the way it was supposed to, they may be able to pursue personal injury litigation in connection to the incident. Skilled attorneys can advise workplace injury victims who suspect that their safety equipment, such as protective eyewear, may have been defective on their options.
Source: Safety+Health, “Wearing eye protection can prevent 90 percent of work-related eye injuries, experts suggest,” March 7, 2017