Eye injuries in the workplace are quite common. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 20,000 workplace eye injuries occur annually. These injuries range from an eye strain to severe trauma which results in permanent damage and blindness.
Approximately 1 in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays for recovery. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in medical treatment, workers’ compensation, and lost productivity.
Looking Out for Eye Hazards
Common causes of eye injuries include:
- Flying objects
- Harmful radiation
- Any combination of these or other hazards
Protecting Your Eyes & Vision
The following are several ways to help prevent an eye injury at the workplace:
- Understand and be aware of the eye safety dangers on the job
- Create a safe work environment
- Wear the proper eye and face protection, such as goggles and face shields
- Use smart workplace practices
How Our Marietta & Cobb County Workers’ Comp Attorneys Can Help
If an eye injury occurs, go to the emergency room or see an ophthalmologist immediately. At Chestnut & Beller, we are ready to help you recover the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. With more than six decades of combined experience, our legal team knows what it takes to handle your work injury claim, even when it is initially denied.
If you suffered an injury at work in Georgia, contact our Cobb County workers’ comp attorneys at Chestnut & Beller today.