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Eye injuries on the job

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Workers face injury risks in all job environments, but some South Carolina worksites have greater dangers. Workplaces that involve construction, machinery operation, exposure to chemicals, and other hazards present a risk of eye injuries. Workers should take as many precautions to protect their eyes as possible.

Eye injuries and preventive measures

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has revealed data that may prompt workers and managers to emphasize safety better. According to available research, 2,000 workers in the United States receive treatment for eye injuries daily. Experts point out that wearing proper eye protection could cut the injury rate by 90%.

Wearing eye protection when near hazards could do a lot to prevent injuries. Workers who are lax with putting on eye protection might find themselves dealing with otherwise avoidable harm.

It is essential to note that wearing the appropriate eye protection for a particular environment and using proper-fitting eyewear helps. Damaged or defective eye protection may be dangerous.

Seeking compensation after an injury

An employee who suffers an eye injury could file a workers’ comp claim. Benefits might help someone financially while recovering and awaiting their return to work. Following the various steps for filing a claim is necessary to avoid potential problems.

Third-party lawsuits might be possible. A third party would be any entity other than the employer that contributed to the injury. For example, someone could work with eyewear that suffers from a manufacturer’s defect. In such cases, a lawsuit against the manufacturer for product liability might arise. Also, distributors who sell defective products, knowing they are faulty, could face liability claims.

A third-party lawsuit must establish negligence. Just because someone gets hurt does not mean someone else is liable.