If you have suffered from a construction-related eye injury in Illinois, you’re not alone. Workers in the construction industry sustain more eye injuries each year than workers in any other industry. In fact, one out of every five work-related eye injuries involves a construction site.
The importance of wearing proper eye protection
Many workers’ compensation cases in the construction industry could have been prevented with proper eye protection. However, that doesn’t mean throwing on just any pair of sunglasses. Construction workers need to select the appropriate safety eyewear for the jobs they are doing. At the very least, sunglasses should be wraparound style and shatterproof.
Some workers need more than just basic eye protection
Depending on the job you’re doing, you may require special safety goggles or even a full shatterproof face shield. Every construction worker should make sure that they have safety eyewear that fits them and is properly adjusted to their face shape.
Take care of your safety eyewear
If safety glasses become dirty or scratched up, the blurry lenses could create other safety problems by reducing your vision. Make sure that you regularly clean your safety eyewear and store it in a case so that it won’t get damaged. After shielding you from one or two flying pieces of debris, your safety glasses may be too damaged to wear again. Remember to replace safety eyewear when needed.
Eye injuries can be serious
Vision is important for everyone but particularly for a person who supports their family doing construction jobs. If you have a construction-related eye injury, it’s vital that you take all of the time off that you need for recovery and medical treatment. Filing a workers’ compensation claim may allow you to pursue compensation for your injury-related expenses, including medical costs and lost wages.