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Do You See What I See? Workplace Eye Injuries Can Be Prevented

Posted Dennis Kergick on Jan 11, 2015 in Workers' Compensation

Let’s face it: no matter what your line of work, your eyes probably play a major role in helping you do your job safely and effectively. Eyes are incredibly powerful tools, but they are also very vulnerable—even a tiny particle or a flash of light can cause painful—often irreversible—damage.

You do not have to be a welder or chemist to put your eyes in danger at work on a regular basis. It is important that your employer provides you with the proper protective equipment and training for existing hazards to your eyes.

Your Employer’s Responsibility to Your Eyes

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, oversees workplace safety regulations, including regulating things like eye protection in the workplace. OSHA standards require that employers provide personal protective equipment, proper training, and emergency equipment if there is a risk of eye injury on site. This means that your employer must:

  • Provide the appropriate eye protection to affected workers to mitigate environmental, mechanical, chemical, and light radiation hazards.
  • Provide affected workers with training in the proper use and care of personal protective equipment.
  • Ensure that emergency eyewash stations and first aid care instructions are placed in hazardous areas.

If your employer has fallen short in their duty to provide you with proper protection and training, you may be at greater risk for a workplace eye injury. Injuries to one or both eyes may permanently affect your ability to work, so make your eye safety a priority.

If you have suffered a workplace eye injury and need assistance with your workers’ compensation claim, our attorneys are ready to help. You deserve prompt and proper care for your injuries, and we can help ensure that you receive the benefits that you deserve. Contact us by phone or by filling out our online contact form, and get started today.