It is a sad fact that thousands of workers find themselves having to start an industrial injury claim process every year and that a proportion of these have suffered an eye injury when they were at work. Workers who have suffered an eye injury that was not their fault may be able to use the industrial injury claim process to get compensation for their eye injury.
Eye injuries can be one of the most catastrophic types of industrial injury – the most severe outcome is, of course, permanent loss of sight. This brings with it the raft of emotional and psychological problems for the victim. It also impacts hugely on the injured person’s family.
Industrial injury claim process – how eye injuries occur
Workers receive eye injuries when something (a foreign body or liquid) enters the eye. The degree of damage depends on what entered the eye and what part of the eye is affected. Most injuries are caused by objects falling into the eye or flying off something else and landing in the eye. Very small objects travelling at high speeds commonly cause injuries because the person did not have time to get out of the way. Very small specks of metal, wood and plastic have caused injuries. Sparks from welding or cutting equipment can also enter they eye and cause an injury.
Some injuries are caused by larger objects such as tree branches, ropes, chains or tools that strike the face in the eye region and cause serious injury.
Finally, liquid chemicals can be splashed into the eye and cause extreme irritation and damage.
Industrial injury claim process – why eye injuries occur
Eye injuries occur because:
- Something was flying through the air that should not have been
- A worker’s eye was in a position that it should not have been
- Eye protection was not used or used incorrectly
These situations should be avoidable by the introduction of safe systems of work and health and safety procedures. If you have been injured because these were not in place you may be able to start an industrial injury claim process by ringing Accident Advice Helpline. We help people with eye injuries every day and will be waiting to take your call any hour of the day or night.
Industrial injury claim process – where eye injuries occur
Eye injuries can occur in all occupations and in all workplace settings. They are reported frequently in mechanics, carpenters, builders, labourers and plumbers. People who work with machinery are also frequently affected. This would include personnel working on assembly lines and people working with sanding and grinding machinery. These are the occupations where objects and particles can become loose and fly through the air towards a worker.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 17th May 2013
Author: Sharon Parry