Fort Lauderdale Workmans Compensation – Eye Injuries

Occupational Eye Injuries in Fort Lauderdale

Workers in the construction, manufacturing, and trade industries and those in maintenance and repair, production, assembly, installation, and service occupations are often at higher risk for sustaining work injuries in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the nation. People in these professions are also most at risk of suffering eye injuries on the job.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace injuries involving the eyes happen at a rate of 2,000 per day. 70% of these accidents occur from falling or flying objects or sparks striking the eye.

The statistics indicate that men are found to be twice as likely as women to suffer an occupational injury. Additionally, men are at higher risk of suffering an eye injury at work, and men between the ages of 25 and 44 suffer far more eye injuries than men in other age groups, accounting for 54 percent of all eye injuries.

2008 Reported Occupational Injuries to the Eyes include:

How do occupational eye injuries in Fort Lauderdale occur?

In the industries and professions mentioned previously, employees often work with metal, wood, dirt, and foreign materials. When metal chips, splinters, and dirt particles come off and strike a worker in the eye – or if an employee rubs their eye resulting in foreign matter getting into the eye – eye injuries in Fort Lauderdale could happen. Additionally, workers in these industries suffer eye injuries from flying objects, flying particles, or exposure or contact with chemicals.

How Can You Prevent Eye Injuries?

Studies by The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that approximately three out of every five workers with eye injuries were not wearing eye protection or wearing the wrong type.  90% of eye injuries are preventable with the use of the right safety eye protection.  The type of work determines the type of eye wear that best protects the user.

The Occupational Safety Health Administration requires employers to provide the right eye protection for their employees.  Additionally they are required to train designated employees on what to do if a worker has been injured.  When determining the best protection for employees the type of work or materials they will be using are important.  Molten metal, flying objects risks, acids or other caustic liquids, chemical gases or potentially dangerous radiation are just a few of the possibly dangerous materials.

Keep these in mind when picking the right protection for your eyes:

Protecting your eyes is important and your employer should provide everything necessary for your safety.

If you have suffered an eye injury on the job, contact the Fort Lauderdale Lawyers of Chalik & Chalik.  They have been helping workers injured on the job for over twenty nine years.  All consultations are Free.  We are focused on getting you compensation for your injuries.