Friday, March 02, 2007

Eye Injuries Send 35000 Workers Home Each Year

Eye injuries can be prevented ...

"According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Labor, close to 35,000 Americans required time off from work due to eye injuries in one year alone. It is estimated that eye injuries total more than $300 million a year in lost production time, medical expenses and workers' compensation.

Ninety percent of all job-related eye injuries can be prevented by simply wearing the proper eye protection. That's why Prevent Blindness America has designated March as Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month. Workers are encouraged to protect their vision every day.

Prevent Blindness America maintains an anectdotal record of employees whose eyesight was saved by the use of safety eyewear:

Buddy and Willie were working on an electrical substation when it exploded. Both employees received second-degree burns on their heads and hands. The only parts of their faces that were not burned were protected by their safety glasses.

Jay and Jason were at work when they inadvertently struck a 6-foot fluorescent light bulb overhead. Fortunately, both employees were wearing safety goggles, which prevented the falling glass from entering their eyes.
Diana was assisting in the hook-up and removal of a die from a flatbed semi-tractor trailer. She slipped and fell to the ground, where her safety glasses were struck by the end of a pipe. Had she not been wearing her safety glasses, the pipe would have penetrated her eye, causing significant damage.

In 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that more than 1.2 million American workers were injured and required recuperation away from work. Of that number, 34,740 were eye injuries."    (Continued via Occupational Hazards)    [Usability Resources]

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