Construction is one of the largest and most dangerous industries in the United States. Eye injuries are some of the most devastating injuries that commonly occur on construction sites. These injuries can result in permanent vision loss or even blindness, and can dramatically change the victim’s life.
Eye injuries can be caused by:
• Dust, concrete, and metal particles
• Falling or shifting debris, building materials, and glass
• Smoke and noxious or poisonous gases
• Chemicals such as acids, bases, fuels, solvents, lime, and wet or dry cement powder
• Cutting or welding lights and electrical arcing
• Thermal hazards and fires
Every day, nearly 1,000 eye injuries occur in workplaces across America. Many of these injuries could have been prevented with proper protective eyewear.
Common eye injuries include:
• Corneal abrasions and conjunctivitis (red eyes)
• Concrete or metal particles or slivers embedded in the eye
• Chemical splashes or burns
• Welder’s flash
• Eyeball laceration
• Facial contusions and black eyes
In order to prevent eye injury, construction workers should wear safety glasses with side protection whenever there is a risk of exposure to dust, chips or flying particles. If there is a lot of dust or particles, workers should wear hybrid glasses with foam or rubber around the lenses which keep dust and flying particles from getting under the lenses. When more protection is needed, workers should wear goggles. All eyewear should have an anti-fog treatment so it does not affect the workers ability to see.
Many insurance programs will cover safety glasses with prescription lenses made from polycarbonate or Trivex. Lenses should be coated to reduce scratches.
Welders are especially at risk of eye injury. Exposure to the cutting or welding light can cause severe burns to the eyes and surrounding tissue (welder’s flash). When cutting or welding metal, welders should wear a welding helmet, goggles, or welding respirator with the appropriate lens shade number.
Protect cutter’s or welders’ eyes with a helmet, goggles, face shield, or welding respirator equipped with lenses of the correct shade number.
It is your employer’s responsibility to make sure that you have the proper safety equipment for your job.
If you have suffered an eye injury in a Kansas City construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Contact the Missouri construction accident attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616 to make an appointment for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney who can help you determine if you have a claim.
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