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Restoration Insurance: Eye Protection


They were not wearing eye protection. BLS reports that nearly three out of every five workers injured were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident, and she was wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job. About 40% of the injured workers were wearing eye protection when the accident occurred.

These workers were most likely to be wearing protective eyeglasses with no side shields, though injuries among employees wearing full-cup or flat-fold side shields occurred, as well.


Flying particles. BLS found that almost 70% of the accidents studied resulted from flying or falling objects or sparks striking the eye. Injured workers estimated that nearly three-fifths of the things were smaller than a pinhead. Most of the particles were traveling faster than a hand-thrown object when the accident occurred.

Contact with chemicals caused one-fifth of the injuries. Other accidents were caused by objects swinging from a fixed or attached position, like tree limbs, ropes, chains, or tools pulled into the eye while the worker was using them.


Craftwork; industrial equipment operation. Potential eye hazards can be found in nearly every industry, but BLS reported that more than 40% of injuries occurred among craft workers, like mechanics, repairers, carpenters, and plumbers. Over a third of the injured workers were operatives, such as assemblers, sanders, and grinding machine operators. Laborers suffered about one-fifth of eye injuries. Almost half the injured workers were employed in manufacturing; slightly more than 20% were in construction.


Always wear adequate eye protection. OSHA standards require that employers provide workers with suitable eye protection. The eyewear must be of the appropriate type for the hazard encountered and properly fitted to be effective. For example, the BLS survey showed that 94% of workers wearing eye protection injuries resulted from objects or chemicals going around or under the protector. Eye protective devices should allow air to circulate between the eye and the lens. Only 13 workers injured while wearing eye protection reported breakage.

Nearly one-fifth of the injured workers wore face shields or welding helmets with eye protection. However, only six percent of the workers injured while wearing eye protection wore goggles, which generally offer better protection for the eyes. The best defense is afforded when goggles are worn with face shields.

Better training and education.

BLS reported that most workers were hurt while doing their regular jobs. Workers injured while not wearing protective eyewear often said they believed the situation did not require it. Even though most employers furnished eye protection at no cost to employees, about 40% of the workers received no information on where and what kind of eyewear should be used. Maintenance. Eye protection devices must be appropriately maintained. scratched and dirty devices reduce vision,

cause glare and may contribute to accidents


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