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    Construction site accidents: Eye injuries


    Construction site accidents: Eye injuries

    Construction sites are often the scene of work accidents causing eye injuries. Such injuries can range from irritations and mild inflammations to temporary or permanent loss of sight, even loss of an eye altogether.

    Construction site eye injuries

    The most common causes of eye injuries on construction sites are flying objects. These may consist of bits of glass, metal, stone or wood; nails, staples or other bits of material being flung into eyes at often high speeds. Other causes of construction site eye injuries include:

    • Chemical splashes.
    • Sand/sawdust particles.
    • Radiation.
    • Cutting or welding sparks or slag.
    • Unsafe handling/operation of tools or equipment.
    • Objects suspended from ceilings.
    • Wires or pipes sticking out of walls.

    A combination of bright sun and strong winds can also occasionally result in eye injuries to construction workers.

    Accidents at work

    In order to prevent construction-related eye injuries, site operators are required by law to supply workers with adequate eye protection. Depending on the job to be done, this kind of personal protection equipment may consist of safety glasses, goggles or face shields. Hazardous areas must be clearly marked and access to such areas must be restricted to authorised personnel. Workers must wear provided equipment of this type and follow safe working procedures to protect their own safety and that of fellow workers.

    Industrial injury compensation

    If you suffered an eye injury on a construction site because you were not provided with personal protection equipment, or because another worker did not follow safe procedures, you may be entitled to claim for work injury compensation. To claim, call helpful Accident Advice Helpline staff members on 0800 689 0500 for advice. Confidential, free and without obligation, calls to the advice line can be made 24/7.

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    Accident Advice Helpline

    Established over 15 years ago, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm helping workers to obtain compensation for their work-related injuries. Based on no win no fee agreements, cases are processed by highly skilled and experienced lawyers specialising in work accident claims.

    Claiming for compensation

    Able to deal with most aspects of claims over the phone, these lawyers often manage to settle compensation claims before they make it to court. This, as well as how long a case will take to settle and how much compensation will ultimately be awarded cannot, however, be guaranteed, as the circumstances surrounding each case can be very different. All that can be promised is that lawyers do their best to come to satisfactory conclusions quickly.

    Date Published: March 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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