If you are currently employed in the construction industry, you may not
be surprised to hear that this is one of the most dangerous jobs in the
country. Not only are workers subjected to grueling conditions, but they
are expected to utilize a wide variety of tools and heavy machinery on
a daily basis. For this reason, it has become increasingly important for
all construction workers to be aware of what steps they can take to prevent
a serious injury.
One type of injury in particular is often overlooked, so our
NYC construction accident attorneys thought that it was important to shed light on just how many eye injuries
are suffered by the employees of this industry. According to the U.S.
Department of Labor, more than 1,000 Americans suffer eye injuries on
the job every single day. This is quite a substantial number when compared
to the rate at which almost any other type of injury occurs in the workplace.
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Learning How Eye Injuries are Most Commonly Sustained
Eye injuries can happen under a number of different circumstances—especially
when working in the various fields of construction—but some occur
more frequently than others. In fact, it has been reported by the Labor
Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that nearly 70% of all
eye-related injuries are the result of being hit with a flying object or
When working on a construction site, there are plenty of opportunities
for this to occur. What is actually quite shocking, however, is that three-fifths
of the objects that have been known to strike the eye, such that it causes
injury, are smaller than the head of a pin.
Additionally, it is not uncommon for workers to be utilizing tools or machinery
that cause sparks to fly up near their face, as well as to be handling
toxic chemicals—which account for nearly one-fifth of all related injuries.
Preventing a Serious Eye Injury While Working on a Construction Site
You may be surprised to find out that you can still suffer a serious eye
injury even if you are wearing some form of eyewear—as this can
be rendered useless if it is not the right form of protection. Depending
on the type of work that an employee is doing, they may need to utilize
various forms of eye protection in order to keep themselves safe. For
example, a welder would need to protect their face much differently than
someone who is handling hazardous chemicals.
In any case, however, it is always important to make sure that all protective
devices have been properly maintained—as scratched, cracked, dirty
or ill-fitting eyewear can lead to decreased visibility, an increased
chance of breakage and/or the possibility that debris or dangerous chemicals
will slip under the protective goggles.
Injured on the job? Learn how a NYC construction accident lawyer can help!
If you are suffering from a work-related eye injury, it is important that
you take steps to secure an adequate amount of compensation. Not only
will this help you to manage the cost of your medical treatment, but it
will also serve as reimbursement for the time that you have spent away
In order to ensure that you have the best possible chance of obtaining
the maximum amount of compensation, however, it is highly recommended
that you discuss your case with a New York City construction accident
lawyer from Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP. In doing so, we
will be able to determine which course of action is best suited for you.
Call our NYC personal injury office today at (646) 461-4009 for a free initial consultation!