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Eye injury cases are highest among construction workers

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Alarmingly, about 20% of eye-related workplace injuries happen in construction. From flying debris to harmful chemicals, there is a lot that can pose a real threat to your eye health and, by extension, your ability to earn a living.

Common causes of eye injuries in construction sites

Every year, about 20,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace. Although there are many obvious risks, there are also those that are less noticeable. In this industry, wearing protective goggles and adhering to safety protocols are necessary to protect your eyes from hazards, such as:

  • Dust and debris: Fine dust, metal shards, glass particles and other small materials may become airborne and cause abrasions upon contact with the eye.
  • Force and penetration: Accidents with tools or equipment made with tough material or sharp edges may hit or penetrate the eyeball.
  • Heat and radiation: Prolonged exposure to equipment that generates extremely high temperatures or produces sparks may cause eye damage.
  • Chemicals: Toxic substances and harsh fluids could splash or emit fumes that cause damage or vision impairment.

Should you experience any irritation around the eye area, it is crucial to avoid rubbing them to prevent further damage. Instead, flushing the eye with clean and cool water may ease some of the discomfort. Do not delay medical treatment if you notice severe pain, redness, blurred vision, excessive tearing or a burning sensation.

What can you do after sustaining an eye injury?

Eye injuries range from mild discomfort to extreme pain. While minor eye strains may heal with adequate rest and medication, more serious conditions may necessitate time off work and extensive medical treatment.

Sometimes, these injuries may call for continuous care or surgery which can become financially overwhelming if you’re unable to work. Your workers’ compensation benefits are crucial in times like this. Apart from your missed wages, it may help cover a portion of your medical expenses.

Securing these benefits, however, can sometimes be challenging. If you are struggling to obtain the benefits you are entitled to, consider consulting with an attorney for your next steps. They can guide you through the process and advocate for you.

Protecting your vision is not just crucial for your job, but also for preserving your quality of life. Seek help immediately if you notice a problem. It is best not to wait until a minor issue escalates into a life-changing predicament.