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March Is Eye Safety Month

By Lependorf & Silverstein on March 2, 2015

New Jersey Eye InjuryThis March, businesses and employees throughout New Jersey and the United States will observe Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month.  Although many jobs require good vision in order to perform, many workers are not fully aware of the risks of eye injury that may exist in their workplaces or the best ways to prevent injuries.  Experienced New Jersey eye injury lawyers encourage workers to know the risks and to take precautions to prevent harm – every time.

According to Oregon State University researchers, over 2,000 eye injuries are suffered on the job site every day.  About ten percent of those injuries cause a worker to miss at least one day of work in order to recover, damaging earning capacity and productivity.  Ten to twenty percent of those who suffer eye injuries at work experience some loss of vision.  In some cases, this loss of vision is permanent.

Although most people believe that eye injuries are only a serious risk in manufacturing or construction jobs, the truth is that on the job eye injuries can happen anywhere.  In fact, 40 percent of eye injuries are suffered in offices, classrooms, healthcare facilities, and laboratories – not on industrial work sites.

Most eye injuries are caused by flying objects, tools, airborne particles, chemical vapors or splashes, or harmful radiation.  Identifying possible sources of eye injuries can help you predict and prevent them.  Knowing the risks can also help you choose the right safety precautions to reduce the risk of injuries.  For instance, choosing safety eyewear with side shields can help provide better protection against flying particles or objects, while specially-rated safety eyewear should be used when working with sources of hazardous radiation.

Have you sustained an injury in a workplace accident? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact a New Jersey eye injury lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. for help with your work injury claim.

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