According to the National Safety Council, in 2012 alone, more than 20,000 eye injuries nationwide occurring while on the job caused workers to miss at least one day of work. Unfortunately, workers in Pennsylvania are not immune from this type of workplace injury. To protect against eye injuries, you should wear eye protection whenever possible. However, if your eye is injured at work, the American Academy of Ophthalmology offers some suggestions on what to do next.
Treating eye injuries
If you work with dangerous chemicals, getting them in your eyes is a serious threat. If a chemical gets in your eye, the best thing to do is to flush your eyes with clean and cool water immediately for several minutes. After that, seek medical attention as soon as you are able.
If you get foreign matter in your eyes, it is important to remember not to rub them, as this can cause damage. Instead, attempt to loosen the particle from your eye by carefully lifting your upper eyelid while blinking repeatedly. This causes your eyes to produce tears, which will naturally work to flush out the particle. If this does not work, seek medical assistance.
If your eyes become punctured or cut, it is recommended that you tape a paper cup or another similar object over the affected eye to act as a shield. Do not attempt to rinse out or remove an object lodged in your eye. Instead, get medical help immediately.
Speak with an attorney
Eye injuries, like other on-the-job injuries, can cause you to miss work and incur medical expenses. Fortunately, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits to help defray your losses. The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC can work on behalf to ensure that you recover all benefits that you are entitled to under Pennsylvania law.