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Workplace Eye Injuries Are Preventable

by Jose G. “Joey” Gonzalez, Jr. on 03/21/2013

Every day, more than 2,000 workers sustain eye-related injuries in the American workplace.  Unfortunately, these injuries do not garner as much attention as fall-related injuries or toxic exposure.  These injuries, however, are no less debilitating. 

According to Prevent Blindness America, at least 10% of the 2000 eye injuries every year in the United States will be disabling, and may result in temporary or permanent blindness.

The month of March is being dedicated as Workplace Eye Safety Month in the United States, and the focus this month is on encouraging employers to invest in initiatives that help reduce the risk of eye injuries to workers.

Most eye injuries in the American workplace are preventable.  In most cases, injury risks can be reduced by providing workers proper eye protection.  Also, the risk of more serious injuries can be reduced by making sure that workers have access to eye rinse and eyewash stations inside the premises.  In fact, as many as 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented simply by wearing protective eye gear.

However, it is not only important to provide workers with appropriate eye protection, but also equally important to provide them the right kind of eye protection that is suited for their work, and which protects them from the specific hazards that they're exposed to during their work.  Workers must be trained to wear their eye protection equipment at all times, and must also be trained to wear them correctly.

Even partial loss of vision due to injury can mean financially devastating results for a worker.  A worker with reduced vision may no longer be able to return to his former job, and may have to settle for a lower position that comes with a lower wage.

If you have suffered an eye injury in the workplace, speak with a San Antonio work injury lawyer at our firm. 

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