Preventing 270,000 Eye Injury ER Visits a Year

Friday, March 18, 2016


About 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room per year due to workplace eye injuries, and nearly 50 percent of them occur in manufacturing, mining, or construction workplaces, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The time spent away from work and cost to employers can be more than $300 million annually in lost productivity, medical costs, and workers' compensation claims. About 90 percent of these eye injuries can be prevented with the use of appropriate protective eyewear on the job, which can protect eyes from flying debris, the use of tools, and exposure to airborne particulates and chemicals. Workers should be educated about eye safety and instructed to wear protective eye gear, and employers should take additional precautions to prevent injuries by installing screens over equipment. Experts say employers can select stylish eyewear to increase the likelihood that workers will wear it.

NLBMDA 3/18/2016

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