Whether you’re conducting work in an office or putting in a shift on a building site, your eyes play a key role in carrying out your daily tasks. However, they are also potentially in danger, especially on worksites that involve manual labor.
Where there are notable hazards to the eyes, employers have a duty to supply you with the appropriate safety gear. If you’re operating heavy machinery, you should have access to safety goggles. If you’re welding, or in an area where welding is taking place, you should have protective eye equipment. Why is this so important?
Loose debris can cause visual injuries
Loose debris comes in numerous forms and is relevant to a wide range of industries. Woodworkers operate saw machinery that sends dust particles into the air. Without adequate safety glasses, this debris can end up in the eyes, causing severe discomfort and possible eye damage. Those working in vocations that run the risk of small particles being blown into the air should always be offered eye protection from their employers.
Protection from bright lights is also important
Manual workers are commonly exposed to bright lights that emit UV rays. This is especially the case for welders. Not only do the sparks associated with welding pose a serious risk to the eyes, but so too do the UV rays emitted from welding devices. There are a number of safety articles that limit these risks, such as helmets, shields and safety glasses. Employers have a duty to ensure that workers have access to these items.
You spend most of your time at work, and you need gainful employment to ensure that your family is secure. You’ll struggle to do this if you lose your eyesight. If your employer has let you down in terms of safety, and you’ve been injured on the job, be sure to assess your legal options.