Many workers in Louisiana neglect to consider the danger of eye accidents in the workplace. However, eye injuries take a major economic and personal toll on workers across the country. Every year, over 20,000 workers suffer damage to their eyes while on the job. While the cost in productivity is often estimated at $300 million, the personal cost can be far greater. Employees who suffer workplace injuries that involve eye damage can suffer pain, loss of vision or even blindness.
Safety experts estimate that the vast majority of workplace eye injuries are preventable — up to 90 percent of these accidents could be avoided through the use of protective eyewear. Some of the most severe eye injuries take place in jobs that involve heavy objects and intense physical work, including mining, manufacturing and construction. These industries account for 40 percent of all workplace eye injuries. At these jobs, workers’ eyes are at risk from hot metal, toxic substances, chemical gases and airborne particles.
However, workers at desk and office jobs can also experience serious eye injuries. For example, looking at an illuminated computer screen can reduce a person’s blinking rate by as much as 50 percent. This can lead to redness, dry eyes, pain, fatigue and headaches. Keeping farther away from a screen and adjusting the font size can help to reduce strain on the eyes for frequent computer and tablet users.
Workers who face eye injuries on the job can suffer lifelong effects such as lasting vision blurring or even blindness. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help injured employees to protect their rights and seek compensation for their medical bills, missed wages and other expenses suffered as a result.