Eye injuries can occur in almost every workplace, but they are more prevalent on construction sites. In fact, studies indicate that over 10,000 eye injuries occur in construction every year, resulting in workers having to take leave.
Why are these incidents so common and what can be done to prevent them?
The use of tools
Power tools lessen the workload for those on the construction site, but they do not come without hazards. Masonry work involves cutting and grinding stone into different shapes, carpentry requires trimming off pieces of wood. In almost any manual task in the construction field, there are risks of small objects flying into the eyes and causing serious damage.
Welding is another task that presents a significant risk to an employee’s vision. Welding tools emit high levels of light and UV radiation, and if these come into direct contact with the eyes, severe injuries can be the end result.
What can be done?
Some construction accidents are unavoidable, but many can be prevented through a few simple steps. One of the most important safety features is ensuring that all workers have access to appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. In terms of the hazards already discussed, this means safety glasses, goggles and shields that prevent dangerous objects or light from coming into contact with the eyes.
Construction work is hazardous at the best of times, but you should not be placed at any extra risk. Your health is vital to making a living and enjoying your life outside of work. If you have been hurt on the job, you might be able to obtain legal compensation for your suffering.