Few minor injuries can be as annoying and incapacitating as eye irritations, particularly if you suffer this injury at work. For such a small thing, it seems ludicrous that they can be so debilitating. The problem is that minor injuries at work can soon develop into major problems if they are not dealt with promptly and correctly.
How do accidents at work cause eye irritation?
When it comes to preventing eye injuries at work, the first step is to examine the potential causes and try to eliminate them. Eye irritation is most often caused by the presence of a foreign object in the eye itself.
Construction site accidents, for example, can see minuscule pieces of debris landing in the eye and causing irritation. In an office environment, it could be anything from dust particles to clothing strands or even crumbs of food, the threats are everywhere.
What should I do if I suffer from eye irritation at work?
Another frustrating element of eye injuries, and in particular eye irritations, is that every instinctive reaction is pretty much exactly what you shouldn’t do.
For example, under no circumstance should you try and touch, press or rub the eye itself, despite the almost overwhelming desire to do so. This action only serves to increase the likelihood of serious injuries at work.
Instead, try flushing the eye by angling your head beneath a tap, the affected eye down, and opening it as wide as possible. Turn the tap to a gentle setting and check every 5 minutes to see if the object has been successfully flushed out.
If you are still unsuccessful after 15 minutes, it may be time to seek medical help. Trying to remove the irritant by any means other than flushing risks scratching the surface of the eye and, in particular, the corneas.
How do companies guard against eye injuries at work?
Employees most at risk from suffering eye irritation at work are given protective equipment to help minimise both the likelihood and severity of any accidents in the workplace.
The most common and obvious example of this is the provision of safety goggles to builders tasked with sawing and sanding wood etc.
If you suffer an accident at work that required medical attention, then a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone can establish whether you have a strong case for work accident compensation which they can take on.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown