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Common causes of workplace eye injuries 

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

An eye injury can happen in any workplace. Nonetheless, certain employees, such as those working in warehouses and on construction sites, are more at risk. 

An eye injury is not only painful, but it can be debilitating, leaving the affected party unable to work. What are some of the more common causes of workplace eye injuries?

When debris enters the eyes

Factory floors are full of activity. Heavy machinery is typically involved in any form of production as it makes life easier for workers. Nonetheless, heavy machinery is also dangerous. One risk of heavy machinery is that it can send debris flying through the air. Small segments of metal can fly through the air and enter a person’s eye, causing serious injuries. 

There is also a risk of debris on any construction site. Dust particles are a common sight on any building project, and when these enter the eyes they can cause severe injuries. 

Chemical reactions 

Workers may also be exposed to chemicals and toxic substances. Even less toxic substances have the potential to cause allergic reactions. For example, workers in a commercial laundry may be exposed to soaps and other chemicals that seem harmless at first. However, when such chemicals enter the eyes, there can be a chemical reaction that causes serious damage. 

Workplaces can limit the risk of eye injuries somewhat by utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses. Ideally, every workplace should also be equipped with at least one eyewash station. 

Unfortunately, safety measures aren’t always enough to prevent workplace injuries. If you have been injured on the job, seeking legal guidance will help you learn more about workers’ compensation benefits.