Occupational eye injuries can threaten the vision of workers on a short or long-term basis. In turn, this loss of vision can affect injured workers’ ability to earn an income. Fortunately, victims of workplace eye injuries are usually eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits replace a portion of the worker’s lost wages and cover medical treatment for the injury.
While it is comforting to know that workers’ compensation will cover a worker’s expenses and income, it’s preferable to avoid eye injuries in the first place. Boston workers can reduce the risk of suffering these injuries by learning more about workplace eye hazards, including:
- Debris such as dust, slivers of metal and pieces of concrete
- Noxious fumes and poisonous gases
- Acids, solvents, fuels and other chemicals
- Electrical arcs and welding light
- Fires and other thermal hazards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that about 1,000 eye injuries occur daily in workplaces across the country. OSHA says that the main reasons these injuries occur are lack of eye protection and improper eye protection.
With medical care, many eye injuries heal over time, allowing workers to return to their jobs. However, some injuries result in permanent vision loss, which affects the victim’s ability to work. Acquiring the necessary workers’ compensation benefits is critical for the future of these victims.
Employers have a responsibility to provide eye protection equipment like goggles, face shields and safety glasses to keep workers safe from eye injury hazards. At the same time, workers have a responsibility to use the protective gear employers provide. These two key points can go a long way in keeping workers injury-free and productive.
An experienced Massachusetts worker’s compensation attorney can help injured workers get the benefits they deserve.