No matter what type of work you carry out each day, you most likely rely on your vision to complete tasks. This means that any injury suffered in this area can be devastating, and it can impact your ability to earn a living.
Those who carry out manual work, such as construction workers, woodworkers and employees in manufacturing face a greater risk than most. What are some of the more common causes of work-related eye injuries and what are your options if you find yourself in this position?
Airborne particles and debris are a risk for your eyes, particularly when power tools and machinery are in operation. Saws, grinders and other heavy machinery can all emit small particles of wood, metal and glass that travel at high speeds. Even a dust particle can cause significant damage if it gets into your eye. One way that this risk can be reduced is by using the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), but even then, this isn’t a guarantee.
Burns from UV lights
Your eyes can also suffer severe injuries when exposed to UV lights. This type of light is often associated with welding. Staring directly into the light that a welder produces can cause severe injuries. Again, the most effective way to combat this is by having access to quality PPE. Only workers who have been appropriately trained should be asked to use this type of equipment.
Damage to your vision can change your life for good. You may no longer be able to make a living in the same way that you did before. If your injuries were suffered on the job, then make sure you look into your options in terms of pursuing legal compensation.