When working in a dusty environment, or in an occupation that involves drilling or sawing, you are at risk of sustaining industrial blindness. It is necessary for the employee to take extra care to avoid getting any alternative particles in the eye, which is one of the main culprits of severe work-related sight impairments, including industrial blindness.
How can alternative particles cause industrial blindness?
Simple dust particles do not present a severe risk of sight impairment, as your eyes are capable of self-clearing this type of debris. That being said, industrial blindness, and other vision impairments occur when other, harmful particles come into contact with a worker’s eyes.
These alternative particles can include grit, metal particles, and sawdust, for example. Once particles come in contact with the eye, become lodged, and cause an injury to the eye, it is very difficult to reverse this damage.
With this in mind, the importance of taking precautions to avoid such accidents at work, is glaringly apparent.
How to avoid industrial blindness
If you know your job involves being exposed to particles such as grit or saw dust constantly make sure you are wearing the correct protective clothing such as goggles and face masks. This will not only prevent any serious work injuries, such as industrial blindness, but will also keep your lungs healthy and dust free.
No matter the level of precaution taken by employers and employees alike, accident at works can and do happen. If you have sustained an work related illness or injury, through no fault of your own, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in personal injury claims such as those based on accidents at work.
With 15 years’ worth of experience, our legal team will make the claims process as simple and stress free as possible for you. In fact, many of our clients are able to settle their injury claims without even stepping foot in a court room.
To find out if you could make an accident at work claim, speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour Freephone line, where there are highly trained advisers ready to take your call. Alternatively, take our simple 30-second compensation calculator test online to see how much your accident at work claim could be worth.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice