More than 27 million working days are lost due to accidents at work in the UK each year, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Among the most serious injuries are eye injuries. If you’ve been injured at work and you weren’t to blame, you may have a case for work injury compensation.
What are the most common causes of eye injuries?
The most common causes of eye injuries in UK workplaces include:
- exposure to harmful chemicals and substances
- flying objects
- working with tools and electrical appliances
- exposure to bright lights
Many people also experience eye strain or changes in their vision as a result of staring at screens for prolonged periods of time.
How to avoid eye injuries at work
If you’re eager to avoid common causes of eye injuries at work, here are some top tips:
- rest your eyes by taking regular breaks from the computer or monitor
- always wear protective goggles if you are doing a task that carries a risk of eye injuries
- be aware of the risks before you start each particular job
- speak to your employer if you have concerns about your eyes and risks posed by your work
- seek medical advice if you notice changes in our vision
UK employers must adhere to health and safety guidelines to protect workers and this often includes providing the relevant protective equipment. If you feel that your employer is not complying with the relevant guidelines or you have sustained work injuries as a result of working in unsafe conditions, you should report the incident to your employer and seek legal advice about claiming work accident compensation.
Making a work accident claim
If you’ve been injured at work in the last 3 years and you have proof that you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline today to take advantage of a reliable, hassle-free claims process. Our expert team of personal injury lawyers has extensive experience in work injury claims and we will do everything we can to secure your no win, no fee payout. We understand that it is distressing enough to be involved in a work accident and we remove all additional stress from the claims process, so you can focus on getting better. Call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile or visit our website to find out more.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown