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What could employees do about eye injury risks?

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Some jobs prove hazardous, and a worker’s eyes could face increased risk of injuries. A Minnesota professional involved with removing toxic chemicals or cutting metal and dealing with sparks could suffer severe eye injuries in a mishap. Worksites that adhere to established safety practices may assist with cutting down the potential for eye injuries.

Understanding the dangers

Workers who realize the dangers to their eyes can take precautionary steps to avoid an injury. Acknowledging what risks exist could contribute to safer behavior. For example, someone who deals with sparking metal may know to wear eye protection.

It is also worth noting that not all eye problems involve severe injuries. Someone working on computers all day may suffer from eye strain, possibly leading to taking off from work. For some, missing a few days of work may come with financial pressures and lead to a workers’ compensation claim.

Examining employer responsibilities for a safe work environment

Employees may help improve workplace safety by increasing their risk awareness. Avoiding horseplay and other ill-advised activities might cut down on dangers. With that said, employers also have a responsibility to keep a workplace safe.

For example, did an employer routinely examine the eye and facial protection gear at a foundry? Were eye strain-reducing computer screens installed at work, and were employees given adequate break time? If not, then the employer may share some or all fault for any resultant injuries. Failing to provide adequate equipment, not training employees on how to use the equipment or even failing to mention the dangers could be seen as negligence. An employer’s decision not to offer adequate safety training is another form of negligence.

Avoidance and protective measures could cut down on the risks of eye injuries but might not eliminate all hazards. Filing a workers’ comp claim may be necessary after suffering an injury. Those unsure about filing a claim or suffer an initial denial might wish to contact an attorney who represents employees.

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