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Keeping your eyes safe at work in California

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

Working in a hazardous environment can often lead to injuries. One of the most common types of injuries workers suffer from is eye injuries.

How do eye injuries happen on the job?

One of the most common ways workers suffer eye injuries is by getting something in their eyes. This could be a piece of debris, a chemical or even another person’s finger. Another way workers can injure their eyes on the job is by coming into contact with harmful chemicals.

These chemicals can cause burns or irritation to the eyes. If you work in a job that requires you to use computers and/or other electronic devices, you may be at risk for what is called “computer vision syndrome.” This is a condition that can cause eye strain, headaches and fatigue. Lastly, workers can also suffer eye injuries from exposure to bright lights or lasers.

How can you prevent eye injuries on the job?

There are a few things you can do to prevent eye injuries on the job. First, always wear safety goggles or glasses when working in a hazardous environment. This includes environments where there is dust, debris or chemicals. You should also wear safety goggles or glasses when working with computers and other electronic devices. If you are exposed to bright lights or lasers, make sure to wear eye protection that is specifically designed for that exposure.

Lastly, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and know what could potentially cause an eye injury. If you see something that could be harmful, consider reporting it to your supervisor.

How should you seek compensation if you suffer an eye injury on the job?

If you suffer an eye injury on the job, workers’ compensation may help to cover the cost of medical treatment and any lost wages you may have as a result of the injury. The first step is to report the injury to your supervisor. They will then need to fill out an accident report. Once you have seen a doctor and have all the necessary documentation, you can then file a workers’ compensation claim.

It’s not always possible to prevent every accident. However, following these safety tips can help reduce the risk of suffering an eye injury on the job.