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Eye injuries and workers’ compensation claims

Eye injuries and workers’ compensation claims

Eye injuries are the reason for a considerable number of Oklahoma workers’ compensation claims each year. The reality is that with proper a considerable number of workplace eye injuries could be avoided in the first instance.

Basic statistics about workplace eye injuries

Basic data associated with eye injuries underscores the preventability and cost associated with these types of workers’ compensation claims is highly illuminating. Over 90% of workplace eye injuries are preventable if proper protective eyewear is utilized.

Serious personal injury is associated with damage to a worker’s eye. This can include permanent vision loss or even blindness.

Beyond actual harm to workers and associated medical expenses, the extent of eye injury losses broadly speaking are profound. More than $300 million is lost in the United States as a result of workplace eye injuries.

Prevent eye injury with appropriate eyewear and proper communication

Employers must be diligent in ensuring their workers have access to appropriate eyewear suitable to the tasks at hand. The range of protective eyewear in the workplace includes:

  • Safety glasses
  • Goggles
  • Face shields
  • Welding helmets
  • Hybrid protective eyewear

Communication between employers and employees regarding protective eyewear needs to be consistent, clear and comprehensive. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health advises that communication needs to include:

  • When protective eyewear must be worn
  • How and where protective eyewear is available
  • Where an employee accesses replacement protective eyewear
  • How to care for and properly maintain protective eyewear

Even when protective eyewear is properly utilized, injuries still can occur. When that happens, an injured worker is wise to promptly consult with an experienced Oklahoma workers’ compensation attorney.