Florida Workmans Compensation – Eye Injuries
Occupational Eye Injuries in Florida
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 Florida 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:
- Women – reported 5,240 eye injuries
- Men – suffered 22,170 eye injuries
- Ages 16 to 19 – accounted for 1,000 eye injuries
- Ages 20 to 24 – accounted for 3,950 eye injuries
- Ages 25 to 34 – accounted for 8,010 eye injuries
- Ages 35 to 44 – accounted for 6,750 eye injuries
- Ages 45 to 54 – accounted for 5,350 eye injuries
- Ages 55 to 64 – accounted for 1,880 eye injuries
- Ages 65 and over – accounted for 230 eye injuries
How do occupational eye injuries in Florida 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 Florida 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:
- The proper eye wear must comply with the American National Standards Institute and contain their mark identifying the manufacturer and date of manufacture.
- Provide adequate protection and designed to protect against the particular materials or hazards.
- Safe design and construction for the work performed.
- Fit properly – snug and not interfere with movement.
- Be capable of being disinfected
- Easily cleaned
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.