Facial injuries can be particularly problematic as they are very visible to ourselves and to others. They cannot easily be covered up, and if we are left with one or more scars as a result of our injuries, we can become very self-conscious about them. Injuries to the face can occur in many ways. While work-related injuries are uncommon they can happen, as we all know. Construction site facial injuries can largely be prevented with proper health and safety measures in place. However there are instances where people have been hurt in these circumstances.
Someone who employs other people on a construction site will have a duty to protect them in as many ways as possible. For example they must provide safety equipment and protective clothing in the appropriate situations. This will always include a safety helmet in the familiar yellow we would all recognise. This alone can prevent some objects from hitting people in the face, as the peak at the front can deflect objects if they fall.
How else could construction site facial injuries be prevented?
There are other ways in which people can be protected from suffering such injuries. For example if a certain job is potentially more dangerous than another, additional protective equipment might be required. Face protection such as a mask can easily prevent injuries occurring, whether this focuses on goggles or a full mask.
For example, imagine someone is using an angle grinder, a proper face mask should be worn. Ear protectors should also be worn to protect the hearing. Since sparks are very likely to fly up when this equipment is being used, the mask will serve to protect the face. Of course it should be of a style that is designed for this type of work. Other facial injuries could occur around or in the eyes. Protective goggles are the easiest way to prevent anything like this happening.
Avoidance is the best course of action
The health and safety rules state that risk assessments should be done to identify the biggest risks to health in a wide variety of situations. Since most employers do follow these rules, there is little chance of anyone sustaining facial injuries.
However if you have been injured like this, Accident Advice Helpline could determine whether compensation might be a possibility. Our number is 0800 689 0500 – call now to learn whether you could claim.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead