Did you know that around 1,000 eye injuries occur in workplaces around the country every day? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that around 40% of those injuries happen in construction, mining and manufacturing, and the majority of those injured are men.
Up to 90% of all eye injuries could be avoided if workers were given the right eye protection and wore that protection as intended.
What kinds of eye injuries happen in American workplaces?
Some of the more common eye injuries that happen in American workplaces include:
- Injuries from debris
- Scrapes or scratches
- Striking injuries
- Chemical burns
- Blunt-force trauma
- Impaling injuries
Whenever an eye injury occurs, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Quick treatment may help protect and restore the victim’s vision, but some accidents may result in permanent vision loss.
Is eye strain an injury covered by workers’ compensation?
If eye strain is severe enough to require you to miss work and seek medical treatment, it may be covered by workers’ compensation. Some common causes of eye strain include:
- Inadequate lighting
- Small text size
- Computer screen glare
- Working too long without breaks
Regardless of the kind of injury you’ve suffered, it is important to let your employer know if you’d like to seek out medical attention. If it is an emergency, you or a coworker can call 911 to have an emergency team come to you. If you’re able to drive, seek help at a local urgent care or emergency room so that you can get quick attention for any injury to the eyes.
Workers’ compensation may cover your losses
You can pursue a workers’ compensation claim if you injure your eyes on the job, but it’s better if you’re able to avoid an injury to begin with. Your employer should always be providing you with the appropriate training and personal protective equipment to keep you safe when you’re at work. Failing to do this is a violation of the law.
Remember, if you’re hurt on the job, you may be able to pursue workers’ compensation to cover your losses. You deserve support as you recover.