Eye injuries that may occur at work and how to prevent them

| Nov 25, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

When you think of potential injuries that could be incurred at work in Minnesota, eye injuries may not make the top of the list. However, there are a surprising number of eye injuries in the workplace each year. Prevent Blindness America reports that an estimated 800,000 eye injuries happen at work annually across the nation; these injuries cost more than $300 million.

Potential eye injuries that may occur at work

Though transportation, production and service injuries report the highest number of eye injuries, they can occur anywhere. Some common eye injuries that frequently happen in the workplace include:

  • Chemical burns
  • Lacerations
  • Punctures
  • Cuts
  • Strain

How to prevent eye injuries at work

Proper education is essential in preventing workplace injuries. Taking the time to properly train employees can reduce injuries substantially. One of the best ways to do this is by wearing protective eyewear. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 90% of all workplace eye injuries could be prevented with the proper eyewear. Employers should ensure that all safety eyewear is marked with ANSI Z87; this is a certification that ensures the glasses meet safety requirements. Other ways to prevent injuries include:

  • Being aware of potential eye safety hazards
  • Knowing where the nearest eyewash station is located
  • Getting regular eye exams

Getting help with your eye injury

If you injured your eye at work, filing a workers’ compensation claim may be the best way to get the medical assistance that you need. Workers’ compensation could help provide payments for medical care, lost wages during the time you take off of work during recovery and other needs. If your claim is denied, an attorney may assist you with filing an appeal.