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Eye protection may prevent most workplace eye injuries

Many people in Pennsylvania work on job sites where there is a risk of eye injury. Even if you don’t work in the construction industry, you may work around chemicals, steam or fluids that could potentially damage your eyes.

Eye injuries are common

Each day in the US, around 2,000 workers sustain eye injuries on the job, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. While this may sound like a lot of injuries, most of these injuries could have been prevented or mitigated with simple eye protection. Safety experts say that 90% of eye injuries are caused by or made worse by a lack of proper eye protection.

Many different workers need eye protection

Any worker who is exposed to flying objects, toxins or liquid splashes may need eye protection. The type of eye protection that is needed will vary, depending on the type of work that is being done. For example, some workers can wear wraparound sunglasses while others require special safety glasses, goggles or face shields.

Common eye hazards

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, and construction workers suffer from a lot of eye injuries each year. Workers’ compensation claims in the construction industry are often triggered by eye accidents from projectiles. Flying pieces of wood, metal, dust and concrete can lead to serious injuries when workers lack proper eye protection.

Workers in other industries may sustain eye injuries from contact with fluids or chemicals. Exposure to radiation, blood-borne pathogens and excessive computer use can also lead to eye injuries.

Your work-related eye injuries may be compensable

If you suffered from an eye injury on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. You may also be able to file a personal injury claim if your accident involved liable third parties.